Dec. 31, 2018 By Christian Murray
Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents can get rid of their old Christmas trees by dropping them off at McCarren, Transmitter or McGolrick parks—among other sites– between Jan. 4 and Jan. 14.
The three parks are part of MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department, where Christmas trees are recycled into mulch.
The three locations are among the 23 parks in Brooklyn where Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling.
On Jan. 13 and 14, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents will also be able to watch their trees go through a wood chipper at various sites. In north Brooklyn, McCarren Park will be the only mulching site.
McGolrick and Transmitter are drop off sites only.
The mulch is used by Parks to nourish green space citywide. Visitors to chipping sites are free to take away mulch.
In recent years, Parks has mulched between 25,000 and 30,000 each holiday season.
The trees must have all lights, ornaments, and netting removed before they are brought to a MulchFest site.
The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling of trees from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.
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