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Thursday, January 10, 2013
No. 1

Parks And Stuyvesant Town Get Chipper For Mulchfest 2013!

Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Veronica White joined Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, Council Member Dan Garodnick, Director of GreeNYC Roya Kazemi, GreeNYC mascot Birdie, and members of the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association, Stuyvesant Square Community Alliance, Lower East Side Ecology Center and Chelsea Garden Club, in Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town to kick off the 17th annual MulchFest, 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 12th and Sunday, January 13th 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 12th.

"Christmas Day has come and gone, but you can continue the spirit of giving by ‘tree-cycling’ your Christmas tree into mulch,” said Commissioner White. “This mulch will be used to keep our parks green, and support the MillionTreesNYC initiative, by nourishing and protecting the City’s trees, flowers and shrubs.”

“The Department of Sanitation takes great pride in helping to turn trees of Christmases past into woodchip mulch that will be used in the future to green our parks and other public spaces,” said Commissioner Doherty. “Everything that we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle our precious resources is a step in the right direction for a cleaner and greener New York City.”

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 or call 311.

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