Soon, many residents will be facing the dilemma of how to dispose of the Christmas tree once the holidays are over. The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is encouraging residents not to place the tree inside the garbage carts, but instead to take it to a recycling site located at any of the 23 parks district locations from Saturday, Jan. 3 to Saturday, Jan. 17.
Find the full list at the city's website.
Ornaments, lights, tinsels, and garlands must be removed prior to dropping off the tree at the recycling sites. Forestry crews will chip Christmas trees into free mulch for residents .
Limited amounts of free mulch will be available for residents to collect from 6 drop-off locations beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 6, including North Park Village. Christmas tree recycling is an easy and environmentally alternative for residents to dispose of their trees.