Press Releases

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
No. 4


NYC Parks Commissioner Silver Chipping In
NYC Parks Commissioner Silver Chipping In
NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

Parks to recycle a record 48,230 trees during Mulchfest 2020—previous record was 30,226 trees in 2014

NYC Parks declares Mulchfest 2020 a success with 48,230 trees collected for recycling during this year’s event, setting a new Parks record. Mulchfest, part of the New York City’s holiday tradition, encourages New Yorkers to make greening a family activity—turning holiday trees into mulch that can be used for gardening and to increase soil fertility.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that our city’s residents have gone above and beyond as urban stewards this year, setting a new recycling record at Mulchfest 2020,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “I would like to thank our partners at the Department of Sanitation, as well as every single individual who participated in this event, for doing their part to make our city even more sustainable. Here’s to 50,000 trees at Mulchfest 2021!”

Mulchfest 2020 ran from December 26 through January 11, at 67 total drop-off sites—with 32 being chipping sites—across the five boroughs, including parks and GreenThumb gardens. Part of the reason for this year’s record-setting success was a changed chipping schedule—New Yorkers were able to chip their trees on two consecutive Saturdays instead of over one weekend as in years past. Favorable weather, as well as an earlier start date for tree drop-offs, also contributed to this new record. Tree vendors, who typically drop-off approximately 3,000 trees during the event, also contributed to the record with an increase of vendors and 9,000 trees this year.

For more than 20 years, Parks and DSNY have collected and mulched trees to help planting beds and community gardens around the city grow. Mulch maintains the health of our trees and plants citywide by deterring weeds, retaining moisture, preventing compaction, adding nutrients to the soil, and keeping roots warm. In recent years, Parks has mulched between 25,000 and 30,000 on average annually.

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