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MulchFest Aims for No Christmas Trees Left Behind

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Jonathan Lerner selling Christmas trees at Union Square. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Curbside pickups for Christmas Trees ended Saturday, but New Yorkers who still want to give their dried out trees new life still have a chance this weekend at the parks department's annual MulchFest.

Last year, the city picked up 133,000 trees and the Independent Budget Office mapped them out according to neighborhoods. Communications chief for the city's Independent Budget Office, Doug Turetsky says the numbers of trees closely tracked with city population trends.

“The trees are where the people are. Where we live in high rise buildings, that's where you get the most trees. So the east and west side of Central Park and mid-Manhattan,” Turetsky said.

Curbside pickup of Christmas trees wrapped up on Saturday, but you can still bring your tree to city park or a designated drop-off site today [Sunday] for MulchFest 2013. For a breakdown in where New Yorkers leave the most Christmas trees, see the graphic below:

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Comments [2]

Bob from Pelham, NY

MulchFest is a great program. When my kids were little back in the '90s, after we carted our own tree down to the Cobble Hill park site, they insisted on going around the neighborhood with their wagon to collect other trees left at the curb for regular trash pickup and taking them to the park to be mulched. Even though we now live in lower Westchester, we still bring our tree to a Bronx park every year to be mulched.

Jan. 16 2013 01:50 PM
rhona from tremont

one of the few good city programs

Jan. 13 2013 08:37 AM

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