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: