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Curbside Christmas Tree Collection

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The Department of Sanitation will collect trees every day from your curbside – separate from your refuse and recycling!

Curbside Christmas tree collection begins Friday, January 6, 2023 through Saturday, January 14, 2023.

Remove all stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments before putting trees out for collection and do NOT wrap trees in plastic bags.

After collection, the Christmas trees will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into compost for the city’s parks, institutions and community gardens. The Department of Sanitation can collect more than 200,000 Christmas trees for ‘tree-cycling’ every year.

Residents may also bring their trees to a Mulchfest site. NYC Parks Mulchfest 2023 is currently active and will run through January 8. New Yorkers will be able to drop off trees at sites across the five boroughs. The trees are then chipped and recycled, and the mulch is used to nourish city trees and plants in the city.

Christmas trees are collected separately from trash and recycling, and patience is appreciated as pick-up may not occur immediately; trees are collected with other trees, and the Department of Sanitation scouts trees at the curb to make efficient routes. Delays may be caused by winter weather events.

Those needing to get rid of mostly plastic and metal artificial Christmas trees should consider selling or donating them. Donation opportunities may be found at Otherwise, if possible, take apart the tree to recycle the base and trunk (pole) with metal, glass, plastic, and cartons. Remove all lights, ornaments, and tinsel before placing the artificial tree out for recycling.


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