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Sanitation Dept. Promotes Treecycling with Post-Christmas 'MulchFest'

Friday, January 08, 2010

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

If you've had to step over discarded Christmas trees on a city sidewalk lately, you might be pleased to know they won't end up in a landfill. The Sanitation Department picks up undecorated trees and turns them into mulch for use in parks around the city.

Parks Comissioner Adrian Benepe says there's an 'afterlife' for your Christmas decor.

'The good news is that these piles of trees will soon be reduced to nothing and they'll be used to re-invigorate the earth, so there's actually a happy ending to these sad piles of trees,' Benepe says. 'You know, people get attached to the trees.'

Last January, the Department of Sanitation collected 122,235 discarded trees.

New Yorkers are also invited to bring their trees to be recycled at more than 80 sites around the city tomorrow and Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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