Help Your Christmas Tree Live On

MulchFest returns!

Respect the tree that brightened your holiday. Bring it to Mulchfest or curb it (undecorated, unwrapped, unbagged) for DSNY pick from January 6–14, 2023.  This poor tree was curbed on December 28.  Photo credit: Lori Ann Doyon

There is a melancholy that comes with undecorating the Christmas tree.  Possibly brought on by a mix of the holiday being over and that a once living tree, which brought yuletide wonder, will be stripped of its ornaments and lights so it can be tossed out.  Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!

Mulchfest gives your Christmas tree the opportunity to live on.  It will be chipped down to mulch, but it will then be scattered around to protect public gardens and parks from the harshness of winter and decompose to fertilize spring flowers. 

This year’s Mulchfest will run from December 26 through January 8.  You can drop your tree off or if you choose to bring your tree to a chipping site on the weekend of January 7 and 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. you will get a bag of mulch from your tree.  North Brooklyn has 3 chipping sites Domino Park, McCarren Park, and Maria Hernandez Park.  Monsignor McGolrick Park is a drop-off site only.  You may drop off your tree from December 26–January 6 at a chipping site, but you’ll only get mulch if you take it there during the chipping weekend (January 7 and 8).

If you don’t have time to drop it off during Mulchfest, the NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Friday, January 6 through Saturday, January 14, 2023 (weather permitting).  Christmas trees and wreaths are collected separately from your trash and recycling. They are scouted at the curb to make efficient collection routes, so yours may not be picked up immediately.

Before leaving your tree at the curb or Mulchfest remember to: remove ALL lights, ornaments, and tinsel. Remove stands from trees and metal frames and wires from wreaths. Make sure they are not wrapped in ANY plastic or placed inside a plastic bag.

Trees and wreaths are chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for NYC’s parks, institutions, and community gardens.

For more information on Mulchfest visit:

For more information about tree curbside pickup visit:

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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