O Christmas Tree

Taking down holiday decorations is never as fun as putting them up. And as much as I’m looking forward to 2012, I’m always sad to see the holiday season come to an end.

But, why not continue the good cheer by recycling your tree into mulch for various parks around New York City? This year MulchFest, a program through the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC, will take place on January 7-8 from 10am to 2pm.

Never fear if you can’t make it to one of these chipping sites on January 7-8. You can drop off your tree at one of these drop-off locations from January 2-8.

And finally, if you can’t make it to one of these locations, leave your tree curbside starting January 3 through January 8. Don’t put the tree in a plastic bag, and remember to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection.

For all you non-New Yorkers out there, check with your locals Parks or Sanitation departments. I found similar programs from Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta, Georgia, and everywhere in between.

Happy New Year and see you back here in 2012!