Jan. 11, 2019 By Christian Murray
Long Island City residents can get rid of their Christmas trees by putting them through the chipper at Hunters Point South Park this weekend.
The event is part of the annual MulchFest, organized by the Parks Department, where Christmas trees are recycled into mulch–organic material used to nourish trees and other plant life citywide.
The Hunters Point location is among the 14 parks in Queens where Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling up until Jan. 13.
Attendees can watch their tree go through the machine set up at at 51st Avenue and Center Boulevard between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 12 and 13.
Locals can also head to the nearby Astoria and Queensbridge Parks to drop off their trees for chipping before Monday. Visitors are also free to take away mulch from designated chipping sites.
In recent years, Parks has mulched between 25,000 and 30,000 each holiday season.
Trees must have all lights, ornaments, and netting removed before they are brought to a MulchFest site.
The NYC Department of Sanitation is also conducting special curbside collections through Saturday, Jan. 19.
For more information on MulchFest and locations, click here