Chicago Offers Christmas Tree Recycling Program at Area Parks

As the holiday season comes to an end, Chicago residents will soon be looking for a place to dispose of their Christmas trees, and the city will have recycling centers available to help for that purpose.

The city announced that 24 parks will accept trees for disposal beginning on Jan. 6. The program will run through Jan. 20, the city says, and Chicago residents will be able to dispose of their trees at any of those parks free of charge.

All ornaments, lights, and other decorations must be removed from trees in order to recycle them, according to the city.

Six of those parks will also be offering free mulch to residents on a first come, first serve basis.

Here is the full list of participating parks:

* = Mulch site

Bessemer Park

8930 South Muskegon Avenue

Clark Park

3400 North Rockwell Street

Forestry Site*

900 East 103rd Street

Garfield Park

100 North Central Park Avenue

Grant Park

900 South Columbus Drive

Humboldt Park Boathouse

1369 North Sacramento Avenue

Jackson Park

6300 South Cornell Avenue

Kelvyn Park

4438 West Wrightwood Avenue

Kennedy Park

2427 West 113th Street

Lake Meadows Park

3117 South Rhodes Avenue

Lincoln Park*  

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Avenue

Margate Park*

4921 North Marine Drive

Marquette Park

6700 South Kedzie Avenue

McKinley Park

2210 West Pershing Road            

Mount Greenwood Park*

3721 West 111th Street

North Park Village*  

5801 North Pulaski Road

Norwood Park

5801 North Natoma Avenue

Portage Park

4100 North Long Avenue

Riis Park

6201 West Wrightwood Avenue

Rowan Park

11546 South Avenue L

Sheridan Park

910 South Aberdeen Street

Warren Park*  

6601 North Western Avenue

Wentworth Park

5701 South Narragansett Avenue

West Chatham Park

8223 South Princeton

The city says that nearly 20,000 trees have been recycled since the program was instituted, keeping more than 650,000 pounds of waste out of city landfills.

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