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DSNY 2012 Christmas Tree Recycling Program A 'Tree-mendous' Success

January 31,2012 | Vito A. Turso/Matthew LiPani

Press Release # 12-07, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced today that the Department collected 147,961 discarded Christmas trees at curbside across the city from Tuesday, January 3rd through Saturday, January 14th.  The trees were turned into mulch that will be spread upon parks, community gardens and open spaces citywide. 

In addition, Parks & Recreation’s 15th annual Mulchfest recycled a record-setting 24,231 trees on Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th.  The number of trees chipped at Mulchfest this year was 616 trees greater than the total for 2010. 

The total number of discarded Christmas trees collected and chipped by the City this year was 172,192. 

“Once again, Sanitation and the Parks & Recreation Department joined forces to help our environment by recycling discarded Christmas trees.  The benefit of chipping Christmas trees goes well beyond the holiday. 

By composting discarded trees, the City can distribute the groundcover among parks, as well as grass and woodsy public areas across the City.  Enriched soil and healthy plant life go hand in hand to keep City parks and public spaces looking their best,” said Commissioner Doherty.

The DSNY’s final tally of Christmas trees collected, by borough:


Manhattan 63,880
Bronx 13,033
Brooklyn 28,629
Queens 32,925
Staten Island 9,494
Total 147,961

Mulchfest 2012


Manhattan 9,789
Bronx 1,416
Brooklyn 9,450
Queens 2,405
Staten Island 835
Total 24,231