The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), in partnership with the Chicago Park District, invites residents to recycle their Christmas trees, January 5-18, 2013, to help keep alleys clear, and reduce the amount of materials deposited in landfills.
“Recycling Christmas trees is an easy way for residents to make a big impact on the environment,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Each year, we are able to recycle thousands of Christmas trees to divert more waste away from landfills and reuse the materials in an environmentally-friendly way.”
Trees dropped off at any of the 23 locations will be ground into fragrant mulch by DSS and Chicago Park District forestry crews. The resulting mulch will be made available to residents at no cost at the same Christmas tree drop-off locations beginning Friday, January 11.
Ornaments, lights, and garland should all be removed before placing the tree in the Christmas tree corral. The City is not able to accept decorations, tree lights, wreaths, garland, or household recyclable materials at these locations.
Since the program began 24 years ago, more than 157,700 trees have been kept out of landfills. More than 14,300 trees were recycled last year alone.
For additional information on the program call 311 or visit: www.cityofchicago.org.
Participating locations include:
Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Drive
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1369 N. Sacramento Ave.
Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.