(NYC Trend) — Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s time to take down your decorations, say goodbye to the festive Christmas tree, and return your house to normal. But, how do you dispose of your tree in the city?
Thankfully, the New York City Sanitation Department is making the disposal of trees easy to do with different options to suit your interests. Some are more hands-on than others, so choose what fits your lifestyle and schedule.
From now until January 15th the NYC Sanitation Department will be collecting Christmas trees via curbside pickup. Of course, it is winter so the weather may affect their scheduled pickups.
Once the NYC Sanitation Department gets ahold of the trees, they will be recycled by chipping them and adding them to a leaf mixture. This compost will be used in and around New York City’s parks, gardens, and institutions.
To donate your tree to this eco-friendly cause, you must take off all tinsel, lights, and decoration as to not disrupt Mother Nature’s natural process.
Artificial Tree Options
You may be wondering what to do if you have an artificial tree that you are looking to salvage. One of the best ways to get rid of these once-a-year decorations is to sell or donate them to DonateNYC. Just make sure your tree is in good condition so that another family can enjoy it.
Another way to recycle your artificial tree is to carefully disassemble it and place the pieces in your regular metal, plastic, glass, and cartons. Again, just be sure to remove all decorations, lights, and tinsel before doing so.
If neither of these options work for you, you can put it in the garbage on regular collection days. However, if your artificial tree is greater than 4-feet, you will need to make an appointment with the NYC Sanitation Department for a scheduled pick-up.
If you have a garden or yard that could use some mulch, making your own with a retired Christmas tree is easy! The branches from your evergreen can really help to enrich the soil in your garden or yard.
Simply remove the branches and twigs from the trunk of the Christmas tree and layer them 3-4 inches on the garden bed or soil. Another idea is to put them around the street trees near your residence.
After that’s done, you can take the remainder of the tree to MulchFest or leave it out for the NYC Sanitation Department to collect.