Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Disposal 2022- Mulchfest New York City

Weather permitting, DSNY will collect clean Christmas trees starting on Thursday, January 6, 2022 through Saturday, January 15, 2022.

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.


Artificial Trees

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

Or, if possible, take apart your tree to recycle the base and trunk (pole) with your metal, glass, plastic, and cartons.  Remove all lights, ornaments, and tinsel before placing them at the curb.

Otherwise, set it out as garbage on regular collection day(s). If the tree is greater than 4 feet, you should make a bulk pick-up appointment. To schedule a bulk pick-up appointment, visit the Bulk Item Disposal page or call 311.


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.