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Put Your Christmas Tree Through the Wood Chipper at Travers Park this Weekend

Jan. 4, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

The city is hosting its annual “MulchFest” this weekend, an environmentally-friendly event where Christmas trees can be recycled and turned into mulch.

MulchFest will take place on Jan. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a variety of locations through the five boroughs, including Travers Park.

The Christmas trees can either be brought to a chipping location or a drop off site. Participants at chipping sites, like Travers Park, can watch their tree get chipped in front of them. The wood chips will be used by the city to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. A bag of mulch can also be taken home.

Drop off sites, like Windmuller Park in Woodside, allow participants to leave their tree and have it recycled later.

The trees must have all lights, ornaments, and netting removed before they are brought to a MulchFest site.

Those who can’t make it to a MulchFest location can also leave their bare tree out on the curb for a special mulching and recycling collection. The collection will run from Jan. 2 through Jan. 13.

MulchFest, organized by NYC Parks, the Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC, saw 26,000 trees recycled last year.

For a complete list of all drop-off and chipping sites in the five boroughs, click here.

Nearby MulchFest Locations are:

Travers Park (chipping site)

78th Street at 34th Avenue

Windmuller Park (drop off)

Lawrence Virgilio Playground at 39th Drive and 54th Street

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