Beginning Friday, January 6, 2023, through Saturday, January 14, 2023 — weather permitting — DSNY will collect and compost clean Christmas trees. January 2023 DSNY will collect and compost clean Christmas trees.
January 2023 DSNY will collect and compost clean Christmas trees. Trees are chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for NYC’s parks, institutions, and community gardens.
Before your Christmas tree can be collected, you MUST:
- Remove ALL lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stands from the tree.
- Make sure the tree is not wrapped in ANY plastic or placed inside a plastic bag.
- Leave the tree at the curb between the designated dates (January 6 – 14).
Donate or sell used artificial trees in good condition at donateNYC.
You can also 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 at the curb.
Otherwise, set it out as garbage on a regular collection day. You should make a bulk pick-up appointment if the tree is greater than 4 feet. 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.