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Turn your Christmas tree into woodchips at this weekend’s MulchFest

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr /Photo by Kristen Artz

Are you still hanging onto that Christmas tree?

If yes, then come to MulchFest, this weekend at participating parks around Queens and the rest of the city.

You can bring your tree to one of the park’s chipping locations on Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to recycle it into woodchips.

Afterwards, you can take home your own bag of mulch or the woodchips will be used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year, according to the Parks Department.

Some parks will be drop-off only locations. At these sites, you can leave your tree and it will be recycled later. The city’s Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling through Wednesday, Jan. 15.


Astoria Park*
19th Street & Hoyt Avenue

Brookville Park*
Brookville Boulevard between 144th Avenue & Caney Road

Cunningham Park*
Visitor Parking Lot & 196th Street

Forest Park Bandshell*
Forest Park Drive, west of Woodhaven Boulevard

Juniper Valley Park*
80th Street between Juniper Boulevards North & South

Kissena Park (Sunday Only)*
164th Street at Underhill Avenue

Kissena Park (Saturday Only)
164th Street at Underhill Avenue
Drop-off only

Land Restoration Project Compound*
Queens Plaza South & 10th Street

Oakland Gardens / Playground 203*
Springfield Boulevard at 56th Avenue

Rockaway Beach
Shore Front Parkway & Beach 94th Street
Drop-off only

Rockaway Beach parking lot
Beach 11th Street
Drop-off only

Rockaway Beach Neponsit Nursing Home parking lot
West of 149th Street
Drop-off only

Roy Wilkins Park
Park entrance at Merrick and Foch Boulevards
Drop-off only

Travers Park*
78th Street & 34th Avenue

Chipping Biodegradable bags with free mulch at the sites marked with an asterisk (*)