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Volume XXVIII, Number 5774
Friday, Jan 11, 2013

This Weekend In Parks

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney


Get chipper for MulchFest 2013! This weekend, Christmas tree recycling and chipping will take place in all five boroughs.

As a preview to this weekend’s festivities, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Veronica White yesterday joined Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, Director of GreeNYC Roya Kazemi, Council Member Dan Garodnick, members of the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association, the Stuyvesant Square Community Alliance, the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Chelsea Garden Club, and GreeNYC’s mascot - Birdie, in Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town to kick off the 17th annual MulchFest. MulchFest is a citywide event where New Yorkers can recycle their Christmas trees by converting them into wood chips.

This year, Parks & Recreation has designated 80 recycling sites to accept trees throughout the five boroughs on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. At many of the tree drop-off locations, chippers are on hand and residents can take home mulch for their own gardens and plants. The Department of Sanitation will also be making curbside tree collections and transporting them to recycling sites through Saturday, January 12.

Woodchip mulch moderates soil temperatures, helps retain soil moisture and deters weed growth while slowly adding nutrients to the soil. The mulch will be used to line street tree pits and flowerbeds in parks. MulchFest attendees are encouraged to bring home a bag of mulch for their own garden or street tree.

Last year, nearly 170,000 Christmas trees were collected and recycled – almost 25,000 through MulchFest – and this year can be even greener. New Yorkers can even team up and take their neighbors’ trees to be mulched. Remove all lights, ornaments, and decorations and do not wrap trees in plastic.

MulchFest is brought to you each year by NYC Parks in partnership with GreeNYC and the Department of Sanitation. This year’s event is sponsored by Cabot Cheese and Hot 97.

For more information and a complete list of locations, visit call 311.


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