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MulchFest 2015


Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city!

Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year. Help us top this number!

How to 'Chip In.'

This year, MulchFest will take place on January 10 and 11, 2015. It’s easier than ever to chip in! There are two ways you can help.

Chipping Locations

You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 10 and 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We’ll chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch!

Drop Off Locations

Or you can bring your tree to a drop-off site from Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 11. Leave your tree with us, and we’ll recycle it for you later! The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Monday, January 5, 2015 through Friday, January 16, 2015.

What to Bring

Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site. Bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home. Mulch is available at the sites marked with an asterisk (*) below.

MulchFest Locations

Find a MulchFest location near you!

Chipping Chipping   Drop-off only Drop-off only

All MulchFest locations

The Bronx

Location Address Service
Brook Park* Brook Avenue at East 141st Street Chipping
Co-Op City Co-Op Boulevard & Bellamy Loop Drop-off only
Crotona Park Tennis House on Crotona Avenue Drop-off only
Echo Park Tremont Avenue & Valentine Street Drop-off only
El Flamboyan Community Garden 586 Tinton Avenue at East 150th Street Drop-off only
Fort #4 Playground Reservoir & Webb Avenues Drop-off only
Haffen Park Hammersley & Wickham Avenues Drop-off only
Kossuth Playground Mosholu Parkway North & Kossuth Avenue Drop-off only
Little Green Garden 422 E. 160th Street between Elton & Melrose Avenues Drop-off only
Metropolitan Oval Parkchester* Metropolitan Avenue & Unionport Road Chipping
Padre Plaza (Success Garden) 541 E. 139th Street between Brook & St. Ann's Avenues Drop-off only
Pelham Bay Park Parking lot at Middletown Road & Stadium Avenue Drop-off only
Poe Park Grand Concourse between East Kingsbridge Road & East 192nd Street Drop-off only
Soundview Park* Story & Morrison Avenues Chipping
St. James Park West 192nd Street & Jerome Avenue Drop-off only
St. Mary's Park East 149th Street & St. Ann's Avenue Drop-off only
Tremont Park East Tremont & Arthur Avenues Drop-off only
Van Cortlandt Park Indian Fields Ballfields at East 233rd Street Drop-off only
Van Cortlandt Park* Golf course at Bailey Avenue & Van Cortlandt Park South Chipping
Williamsbridge Oval Park Reservoir Place & Reservoir Oval Drop-off only
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).


Location Address Service
Amazing Garden 261 Columbia & Carroll Streets Drop-off only
Brower Park* Brooklyn Avenue at Prospect Place Chipping
Cobble Hill Park* Verandah Place & Clinton Street Chipping
Coffey Park Dwight & Verona Streets Drop-off only
Fort Greene Park* Washington Park & Willoughby Avenue Chipping
Gowanus Canal Conservancy Second Avenue & Fifth Street Drop-off only
Green-Wood Cemetery 25th Street & 5th Avenue Drop-off only
Hattie Carthan Community Garden 719 Marcy Avenue at Lafayette Avenue and Clifton Place Drop-off only
Lincoln Terrace Park Buffalo Avenue at East New York Avenue Drop-off only
Maria Hernandez Park Knickerbocker Avenue & Suydam Street Drop-off only
Marine Park* Avenue U & East 33rd Street Chipping
McCarren Park* Driggs Avenue & Lorimer Street Chipping
McGolrick Park Monitor Street & Driggs Avenue Drop-off only
Owl's Head Park* Colonial Road & 68th Street Chipping
Prospect Heights Community Farm 254 St. Marks Avenue between Vanderbilt & Underhill Avenues Drop-off only
Prospect Park* Third Street & Prospect Park West Chipping
Prospect Park Circle* Parkside Avenue & Prospect Park Southwest Chipping
Sunset Park 44th Street & 6th Avenue Drop-off only
Sutter Ballfields Barbey Street between Sutter & Belmont Avenues Drop-off only
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).


Location Address Service
Battery Park City Between Hudson River & South End Avenue, south of Liberty Street Drop-off only
Bennett Park West 185th Street & Fort Washington Avenue Drop-off only
Bogardus Garden Reade and Chambers Street Drop-off only
Carl Schurz Park* East 86th Street & East End Avenue Chipping
Central Park West 63rd Street & Central Park West Drop-off only
Central Park* West 81st Street & Central Park West at the bridle path Chipping
Central Park East 106th Street & Fifth Avenue Drop-off only
Chenchitas' Group Garden 1687 Madison Avenue between 111th & 112th Streets Drop-off only
Corlears Hook Park Jackson & Cherry Streets at FDR Drive Drop-off only
Inwood Hill Park Isham Street & Seaman Avenue Drop-off only
Jackie Robinson Park West 145th Street & Edgecombe Avenue Drop-off only
J Hood Wright Park West 173rd Street, close to Haven Avenue Drop-off only
Marcus Garvey Park West 122nd Street & Madison Avenue Drop-off only
Morningside Park West 123rd Street & Morningside Avenue Drop-off only
Pleasant Village Community Garden Pleasant Avenue between East 118th & East 119th Streets Drop-off only
Riverside Park* Riverside Drive & West 83rd Street Chipping
Stuyvesant Town* 20th Street at 20th Street Loop, east of First Avenue Chipping
Tompkins Square Park* East 9th Street between Avenues A & B Chipping
Union Square Park East 14th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue Drop-off only
Washington Square Park* Fifth Avenue & Washington Square North Chipping

The Parks Department requests that you NOT drop off your tree prior to MulchFest. Please bring your tree ON January 10 or 11 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thank you!

William B. Washington Memorial Garden 325 W. 126th Street between St. Nicholas Avenue & Frederick Douglass Boulevard Drop-off only
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).


Location Address Service
Astoria Park* 19th Street & Hoyt Avenue Chipping
Brookville Park* Brookville Boulevard / Caney Road / 144th Avenue Chipping
Cunningham Park* Visitor Parking Lot & 196th Street Chipping
Forest Park* Forest Park Drive & Woodhaven Boulevard Chipping
GreenThumb and Land Restoration Project Compound Queens Plaza South & 10th Street Drop-off only
Juniper Valley Park* 80th Street between Juniper Boulevards North & South Chipping
Kissena Park  164th Street at Underhill Avenue Drop-off only
Oakland Playground (PS 203)* Springfield Boulevard & 56th Avenue Chipping
Rockaway Beach Shore Front Parkway & Beach 94th Street Drop-off only
Rockaway Beach Parking lot at Beach 11th Street Drop-off only
Rockaway Beach Neponsit Nursing Home parking lot Rockaway Beach Boulevard - West of 149th Street Drop-off only
Roy Wilkins Park Park entrance at Merrick and Foch Boulevards Drop-off only
Travers Park* 78th Street & 34th Avenue Chipping
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).

Staten Island

Location Address Service
Clove Lakes Park* Cheshire Place & Clove Road Chipping
Conference House Park* Parking Lot at Hylan Boulevard & Satterlee Street Chipping
Father Macris Park Fahy Avenue & Lambert's Lane Drop-off only
Midland Beach* Parking lot #6 at Father Capodanno & Graham Boulevards Chipping
Silver Lake Tennis House University Place & Revere Street Drop-off only
Tappen Park Bay & Canal Streets Drop-off only
Willowbrook Park Richmond Avenue & Eton Place Drop-off only
Wolfe's Pond Park Cornelia Avenue & Hylan Boulevard Drop-off only
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).

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Mayor Bloomberg and Comissioner Benepe feeing a tree into a chipper

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