As the holiday season winds down, it’s about time to take care of that Christmas tree that has begun to decay in your living room.
The city of Chicago is encouraging residents to drop off trees at one of 24 Chicago Park District recycling locations between Jan. 3 and Jan. 21. Trees must be stripped of all ornaments, tinsel and lights. No artificial trees, wreaths or garlands will be accepted. (See map below for location details.)
Last year, the program took in an estimated 19,000 trees, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation.
At six designated locations, residents can pick up free mulch after city crews shred trees using wood chippers. Mulch will be offered at the following sites:
• Forestry Site, 900 E. 103rd St.
• Lincoln Park, Cannon Drive and Fullerton Avenue
• Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive
• Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.
• North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski Road
• Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.
Below, a map of recycling locations:
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