Getting Rid of the Christmas Tree


Christmas has come and gone and you might be wondering, what the heck do I do with the Christmas tree? If you have a real tree that you need to get rid of, the city is here to help.

Starting Wednesday, January 2, the Department of Sanitation will be picking up trees left on the curb to be composted. The trees are chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for NYC’s parks, institutions, and community gardens. Be sure to remove all lights, ornaments, stands, and plastic bags from your tree; trees that still have these items attached will be collected as garbage. Do not bag your tree. Trees will be collected from curbs for composting through January 12. If you discard your tree after this date, it will be collected as regular garbage.

Another option is to participate in the Parks Department’s MulchFest, in which trees are chipped and participants can take home a bag of mulch to use in personal gardens. It will take place on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at nearly 80 locations across the city. Unfortunately, the closest chipping sites are Marine Park (East 33rd and Avenue U) and Brookville Park near Rosedale. There are also designated drop-off sites where trees will be picked up for MulchFest. The local drop-off locations are Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway and the parking lot at Beach 11th Street and Seagirt Boulevard. You can drop off your tree starting December 31.

For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling or MulchFest, visit, or call 311.