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Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8, 2017
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 NYC Parks, 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 7 and 8, 2017. 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 7 and 8 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, December 31, 2016 through Sunday, January 8, 2017. 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 Tuesday, January 3, 2017 through Saturday, January 14, 2017. 

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 7 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 sites: Watch your tree get chipped in front of you, and get a free bag of mulch to take home for your plantings!

Drop-off only

Drop-off only: Help give back to your local park by leaving your tree with us. We'll recycle it for you later!

All MulchFest locations

The Bronx

Location Address Service
Brook Park* East 141st Street and Brook Avenue Chipping
Co-Op City Co-Op Boulevard and Bellamy Loop Drop-off only
El Flamboyan Community Garden 586 Tinton Avenue at East 150th Street Drop-off only
Fort #4 Playground Reservoir Avenue and Webb Avenue Drop-off only
Kossuth Playground Mosholu Parkway North / Kossuth Avenue Drop-off only
Little Green Garden / Jardin La Roca - Rock Garden 422 East 160th Street, between Melrose Avenue and Elton Avenue Drop-off only
Metropolitan Oval Parkchester* Metropolitan Avenue and Unionport Road Chipping
Padre Plaza / Success Garden 541 East 139th Street, between St. Ann's Avenue and Brook Avenue Drop-off only
Pelham Bay Park Parking lot at Middletown Road and Stadium Avenue Drop-off only
Poe Park Grand Concourse between East Kingsbridge Road and East 192nd Street  Drop-off only
Soundview Park* Story Avenue and Morrison Avenues Chipping
St. James Park West 192nd Street and Jerome Avenue Drop-off only
Van Cortlandt Park* Golf course at Bailey Avenue and Van Cortlandt Park South Chipping
Williamsbridge Oval Park Reservoir Place and Reservoir Oval Drop-off only
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).


Location Address Service
Amazing Garden 261 Columbia Street and Carroll Street Drop-off only
Brooklyn Bridge Park* Community Facility at 99 Plymouth Street (intersection of Plymouth Street and Adams Street) Chipping
Brower Park Brooklyn Avenue at Prospect Place Drop-off only
Cobble Hill Park* Clinton Street and Verandah Place Chipping
Coffey Park Dwight Street and Verona Street Drop-off only
Fort Greene Park* Washington Park and Myrtle Avenue Chipping
Green Space @ President Street 222 Fifth Avenue and President Street Drop-off only
Lincoln Terrace Park Buffalo Avenue at East New York Avenue Drop-off only
Maria Hernandez Park* Suydam Street and Knickerbocker Avenue  Chipping 
Marine Park* East 33rd Street and Avenue U  Chipping
McCarren Park* Lorimer Street and Driggs Avenue  Chipping
McGolrick Park Monitor Street and Driggs Avenue Drop-off only
Owl's Head Park* 68th Street and Colonial Road  Chipping
Prospect Heights Community Farm  254 St. Marks Avenue, between Underhill Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue Drop-off only
Prospect Park* Third Street and Prospect Park West Chipping
Prospect Park* Park circle at Parkside Avenue Chipping
Red Hook Park Lorraine Street and Henry Street Drop-off only
Sunset Park 44th Street and 6th Avenue Drop-off only
Sutter Ballfields Barbey Street and Sutter Avenue Drop-off only
Transmitter Park Greenpoint Avenue between West Street and the East River Drop-off only
Washington Park Third Street and Fifth Avenue Drop-off only
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).


Location Address Service
Bennett Park West 185th Street and Fort Washington Avenue Drop-off only
Bogardus Garden Reade Street and Chambers Street Drop-off only
Carl Schurz Park* East 86th Street and East End Avenue Chipping
Central Park West 63rd Street and Central Park West Drop-off only
Central Park West 65th Street and Central Park West Drop-off only
Central Park* West 81st Street and Central Park West, at the bridle path Chipping
Central Park East 106th Street and Fifth Avenue Drop-off only
Chenchitas' Group Garden 1687 Madison Avenue at 112th Street Drop-off only
Corlears Hook Park Jackson Street and Cherry Street, at the FDR Drive Drop-off only
Harlem Valley Green 197 West 134th Street, between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard  Drop-off only
Inwood Hill Park Isham Street and Seaman Avenue Drop-off only
Jackie Robinson Park West 145th Street and Edgecombe Avenue Drop-off only
J Hood Wright Park West 173rd Street, close to Haven Avenue Drop-off only
Marcus Garvey Park 122nd Street and Madison Avenue Drop-off only
Morningside Park West 123rd Street and Morningside Avenue Drop-off only
Pleasant Village Community Garden 355 Pleasant Avenue between East 118th Street and 119th Street Drop-off only
Riverside Park* West 83rd Street and  Riverside Drive  Chipping
Sherman Creek Center 3725 10th Avenue, near north of Dyckman Street Drop-off only
Stuyvesant Town* 20th Street at 20th Street Loop east of First Avenue Chipping
Tompkins Square Park* East Ninth Street between Avenue A and Avenue B Chipping
Union Square Park  East 14th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue Drop-off only
Washington Square Park* Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North Chipping
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).


Location Address Service
Astoria Park* 19th Street and 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 and Union Turnpike Chipping
Forest Park* Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard Chipping
GreenThumb and Land Restoration Project Compound 10th Street and 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 and South Chipping
Queens Farm Little Neck Parkway between 73rd Roadand 74th Avenue Drop-off only
Rockaway Beach Beach 94th Street and 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
Windmuller Park Lawrence Virgilio Playground at 39th Drive and 54th Street Drop-off only
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).

Staten Island

Location Address Service
Clove Lakes Park* Cheshire Place and Clove Road Chipping
Conference House Park* Parking lot at Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street Chipping
Father Macris Park Fahy Avenue and Lambert's Lane Drop-off only
Midland Beach* Parking lot #8 at Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue  Chipping
Silver Lake Tennis House  University Place and Revere Street Drop-off only
Summit Avenue Parking Lot  Across from 105 Summit Avenue Drop-off only
Tappen Park Bay Street and Canal Street Drop-off only
Willowbrook Park Richmond Avenue and Eton Place Drop-off only
Wolfe's Pond Park Cornelia Avenue and 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

Worker picking up a tree

Group of kids in the middle of a pile of trees

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