Christmas Trees

Weather permitting, DSNY will collect and compost clean Christmas trees left at the curb between Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Trees are chipped, mixed with leaves and recycled into rich compost for NYC’s parks, institutions, and community gardens. Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, stands, and plastic bags from your tree.


Fake Trees

Donate or sell used fake trees in good condition at donateNYC.

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Set out fake trees that are mostly metal or rigid plastic, next to your recycling container on regular recycling day(s). Remove all lights, ornaments and tinsel before placing at the curb.


Make Your Own Mulch

Use evergreen boughs and branches from your Christmas tree as mulch to enrich the soil in your garden or street tree beds. Just cut off the smaller branches of your Christmas tree and remove the twigs from evergreen boughs. Lay three to four inches of these trimmings over the bare soil around street trees or in your garden. After removing the branches for mulch, you can take your tree to MulchFest or leave it out for our collection.



Remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, and stands from natural trees and take them to MulchFest for free chipping.

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