Saying goodbye to the holiday season will be a little less difficult this year, thanks to a program that repurposes Christmas trees for mulch.
MulchFest 2015, led by the Parks Dept., the Dept. of Sanitation and GreenNYC, will take place at a number of Queens locations on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents can bring their trees to Astoria Park, Brookville Park, Cunningham Park, Forest Park, Juniper Valley Park, Oakland Playground or Travers Park; the trees will be run through a chipper and be transformed to mulch that residents can then take home to nourish their own yards or gardens.
Those who do not need the mulch can also simply drop off their trees at any of the above locations or at the drop-off only sites: Kissena Park, Rockaway Beach, Roy Wilkins Park or the GreenThumb and Land Restoration Project Compound at Queens Plaza South and 10th Street.
MillionTreesNYC will help put this donated mulch to use throughout the City, in particular by spreading it on young street tree beds to help these trees retain moisture and insulate them from the cold weather.
MillionTreesNYC is looking for volunteers in this effort, which will take place on Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Astoria Park and Travers Park.
To participate, contact RSVP@milliontreesnyc.com or visit www.nycgovparks.org/milliontrees/mulchfest_2015_volunteer_stewardship.
For a detailed list of chipping and drop off locations, visit www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest. MulchFest 2015 is a free event. Please remove all decorations and lights from trees before dropping off.