Friday, January 6, 2012

Where do the dead Christmas trees go?

You know the holidays are well and truly over when you see piles of dead and discarded Christmas trees piled high on the pavement.  I'm not sure how I feel about the waste of so many trees, so I thought I would do a little research and find out what happens to them.

The answer is relatively simple, if you leave your clean and non-bagged Christmas tree on the curb the NYC Department of Sanitation will collect and recycle it.  The trees are chipped and made into compost which is then distributed across parks, ball fields and community gardens across the city.  The collection service is available until 14th January.

Also, this weekend (7th and 8th January) the Parks and Recreation Department host 'Mulchfest' at 70 sites across the city.  Certain parks have areas for mulching so you can drop off your tree and collect some mulch of your own!  To find out 'Mulchfest 2012' locations visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest.

As over 140,000 trees are discarded in NYC after Christmas every year, I think it's great that the city recycles them and puts the mulch to good use.  If you are putting out your tree make sure it is clean of ornaments and tinsel and is not in any plastic wrapping or bags.

For more information on NYC Christmas tree recycling visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/html/pr2011/122711.shtml.

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