Wednesday, December 31, 2014


On the eve of this new year, take a moment to say thanks.
Farewell to them and a gentle tear.
The first discard was on Christmas night.
Nine more were dumped in a pile yesterday.
Late last night these three beauties appeared,
still carrying the odors of woods and tree farms,
and then these dried out ones a little further on.
Last, this healthy Spruce and two tiny pines,
 one still wearing some of it's festive garb.
There will be many more in days to follow.
The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees. Collections will take place beginning on Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 16, 2015. Residents are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at curbside as early as possible during the collection period. DSNY asks residents to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection. DO NOT place trees in plastic bags. Trees will be chipped into mulch that will be distributed to parks, playing fields, and community gardens throughout the city.
New Yorkers can also participate in NYC Parks & Recreation Mulchfest by bringing their holiday trees to designated sites throughout the five boroughs on Saturday or Sunday, January 10 & 11, 2015, from 10 am to 2 pm. All of the trees will be chipped into mulch that will be used as ground cover to nourish plantings across the City. Before dropping off your tree, please remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees. Free mulch will be available at locations, bring a bag if you'ld like to take some.   


1 comment:

Barbara Hohenberg said...

Trees that go up early, right after Thanksgiving, give up the ghost early. Yes, thanks for the month of sweet green smell inside the house. Thanks, Parks Dept. for chipping up and distributing wherever the mulch is needed. Thanks for your eloquent photos.