Brooklyn makes recycling Christmas Trees easy. From the Monday after New Year’s Eve up through January 15th all any Brooklyn resident needs to do is place their tree curbside for pickup and the city will automatically scoop the tree up and recycle it by turning it into mulch. This mulch will be used in parks and other locations across the city, helping keep Brooklyn looking green and protecting other living trees.
There are only a few simple rules. Trees can’t have tinsel, plastic, tree stands or anything else on, around or attached to them. They will be thrown into the wood-chipper as is, so nothing but tree itself can be left out. Anyone who wants free mulch can make an appearance at one of many Mulchfest locations around the city – they just need to remember to bring their own bag. The NYC Department of Sanitation page will have more information about Mulchfest locations as the holidays approach.
And of course, for those who miss the January 15th cut off date, residents can call 311 at any time after the fact to schedule a personal curbside pickup. Last year I had my tree picked up in March.