Chicago Offers Christmas Tree Recycling

Friday, Jan 3, 2014  |  Updated 10:25 AM CDT
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Chicago Offers Christmas Tree Recycling

Frank Heinz, NBC 5 News

Finished with your Christmas tree?

The Department of Streets and Sanitation and the Chicago Park District will offer Christmas tree recycling Jan. 4-18 at 23 locations across the city.

“Christmas tree recycling is an easy and an environmentally-friendly alternative for residents to dispose of their trees,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Each year through the Christmas tree recycling program, we are able to divert thousands of Christmas trees away from landfills for reuse in our community.”

Last year, Chicagoans recycled more than 16,800 trees, the release said.

Live trees must have ornaments, lights, tinsel and strands removed for them to be recycled.

Forestry crews from the Department of Streets and Sanitation will chip the trees into free mulch for residents to collect from tree drop-off locations beginning Jan. 10.

Trees can be dropped off for recycling at the following locations:

  • Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
  • Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St.
  • Forestry Site, 900 E. 103rd St.
  • Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
  • Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr.
  • Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1369 N. Sacramento Ave.
  • Jackson Park, 6300 S. Cornell Ave.
  • Kennedy Park, 2427 W. 113th St.
  • Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
  • Lake Meadows Park, 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.
  • Lincoln Park, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave. (Parking lot east of Cannon Dr.)
  • Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr.
  • Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.
  • Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.
  • North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
  • Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma Ave.
  • Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.
  • Riis Park, 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave.
  • Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L
  • Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.
  • Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.
  • Wentworth Park, 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.

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