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MulchFest 2016


Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10, 2016
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 9 and 10, 2016. 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 9 and 10 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 2 through Sunday, January 10. 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 4, 2016 through Friday, January 15, 2016.

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.

Tree Stewardship

Help us spread mulch at parks throughout the city! Join us on Saturday, January 9 to help us spread mulch in parks and insulate our young trees from the cold weather. Find a site near you, and help give back! Register now

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* East 141st Street & Brook Avenue Chipping
Co-Op City Co-Op Boulevard & Bellamy Loop 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
Kossuth Playground Mosholu Parkway North / Kossuth Avenue Drop-off only
Little Green Garden / Jardin La Roca - Rock Garden 422 E. 160th Street  Drop-off only
Metropolitan Oval Parkchester* Metropolitan Avenue & Unionport Road Chipping
Padre Plaza / Success Garden 541 E. 139th Street 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
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 Street Drop-off only
Brower Park Brooklyn Avenue at Prospect Place Drop-off only
Cobble Hill Park* Clinton Street & Verandah Place Chipping
Coffey Park Dwight & Verona Streets Drop-off only
Fort Greene Park* Washington Park & Myrtle Avenue Chipping
Gowanus Canal Conservancy Fifth Street & Second Avenue Drop-off only
Green-Wood Cemetery 25th Street & Fifth Avenue Drop-off only
Green Space @ President Street 222 Fifth Avenue  Drop-off only
Lincoln Terrace Park Buffalo Avenue at East New York Avenue Drop-off only
Maria Hernandez Park* Suydam Street & Knickerbocker Avenue  Chipping 
Marine Park* East 33rd Street & Avenue U  Chipping
McCarren Park* Lorimer Street & Driggs Avenue  Chipping
McGolrick Park Monitor Street & Driggs Avenue Drop-off only
Owl's Head Park* 68th Street & Colonial Road  Chipping
Prospect Heights Community Farm 254 St. Marks Avenue  Drop-off only
Prospect Park* Third Street & Prospect Park West Chipping
Prospect Park* Park circle at Parkside Avenue Chipping
Sunset Park 44th Street & 6th Avenue Drop-off only
Sutter Ballfields Barbey Street & Sutter Avenue Drop-off only
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).


Location Address Service
Battery Park City Between the 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 Streets 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 65th 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 at 112th Street Drop-off only
Corlears Hook Park Jackson & Cherry Streets, at the FDR Drive Drop-off only
Harlem Valley Green 197 W. 134th Street  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 122nd Street & Madison Avenue Drop-off only
Morningside Park West 123rd Street & Morningside Avenue Drop-off only
Pleasant Village Community Garden 355 Pleasant Avenue between East 118th and 119th Streets Drop-off only
Riverside Park* West 83rd Street & Riverside Drive  Chipping
Sherman Creek Park* Sherman Creek Center at 3725 10th Avenue, north of Dyckman Street Chipping
Stuyvesant Town* 20th Street at 20th Street Loop, east of First Avenue Chipping
Tompkins Square Park* East Ninth Street between Avenues A & B Chipping
Union Square Park (Sunday, January 10 only) 17th Street and Park Avenue Drop-off only
Washington Square Park* Fifth Avenue & Washington Square North Chipping
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
Captain Mario Fajardo Playground Kissena Boulevard at Booth Memorial Avenue Drop-off only
Cunningham Park* 196th Place & Union Turnpike Chipping
Forest Park* Forest Park Drive & Woodhaven Boulevard Chipping
GreenThumb and Land Restoration Project Compound 10th Street & Queens Plaza South  Drop-off only
Hunter's Point South Park* LIC Landing Events Space at 51st Avenue and Center Boulevard Chipping
Juniper Valley Park* 80th Street between Juniper Boulevards North & South Chipping
Oakland Playground (PS 203)* Springfield Boulevard & 56th Avenue Chipping
Rockaway Beach Beach 94th Street & Shore Front Parkway 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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Event Highlights

Mayor Bloomberg and Comissioner Benepe feeing a tree into a chipper

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Group of kids in the middle of a pile of trees

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