What do New Yorkers do with their trees after the Holidays?

DSNY Curbside Collection

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection program on Monday, January 4, 2016 through Friday, January 15.

City residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees before they are put out for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for the city’s parks, institutions, and community gardens.


The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides two options for tree-cycling; the 20th annual MulchFest event and open drop-off locations. Mulchfest will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10, 2016—from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm—at 30 chipping sites. The parks department’s 48 drop-off sites will be accepting trees beginning Saturday, January 2, and through January 10.

These options allow New Yorkers to drop off their Christmas trees at designated parks for mulching. Event attendees can pick up free mulch at some selected locations.

Mulchfest locations in Central and East Brooklyn include:


Amazing Garden261 Columbia StreetDrop-off only
Brower ParkBrooklyn Avenue at Prospect PlaceDrop-off only
Cobble Hill Park*Clinton Street & Verandah PlaceChipping
Coffey ParkDwight & Verona StreetsDrop-off only
Fort Greene Park*Washington Park & Myrtle AvenueChipping
Gowanus Canal ConservancyFifth Street & Second AvenueDrop-off only
Green-Wood Cemetery 25th Street & Fifth AvenueDrop-off only
Green Space @ President Street222 Fifth AvenueDrop-off only
Lincoln Terrace ParkBuffalo Avenue at East New York AvenueDrop-off only
Maria Hernandez Park*Suydam Street & Knickerbocker AvenueChipping
Marine Park*East 33rd Street & Avenue UChipping
McCarren Park*Lorimer Street & Driggs AvenueChipping
McGolrick ParkMonitor Street & Driggs AvenueDrop-off only
Owl’s Head Park*68th Street & Colonial RoadChipping
Prospect Heights Community Farm254 St. Marks AvenueDrop-off only
Prospect Park*Third Street & Prospect Park WestChipping
Prospect Park*Park circle at Parkside AvenueChipping
Sunset Park44th Street & 6th AvenueDrop-off only
Sutter BallfieldsBarbey Street & Sutter AvenueDrop-off only

Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).

All lights, ornaments, decorations and netting must be removed from trees prior to drop-off.


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