By Brooklyn Reader

December 30, 2015, 5:49 am

DSNY Curbside Collection

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection program on Monday, January 4, 2016 through Friday, January 15.

City residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees before they are put out for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for the city’s parks, institutions, and community gardens.


The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides two options for tree-cycling; the 20th annual MulchFest event and open drop-off locations. Mulchfest will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10, 2016—from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm—at 30 chipping sites. The parks department’s 48 drop-off sites will be accepting trees beginning Saturday, January 2, and through January 10.

These options allow New Yorkers to drop off their Christmas trees at designated parks for mulching. Event attendees can pick up free mulch at some selected locations.

Mulchfest locations in Central and East Brooklyn include:


Location Address Service
Amazing Garden 261 Columbia Street Drop-off only
Brower Park Brooklyn Avenue at Prospect Place Drop-off only
Cobble Hill Park* Clinton Street & Verandah Place Chipping
Coffey Park Dwight & Verona Streets Drop-off only
Fort Greene Park* Washington Park & Myrtle Avenue Chipping
Gowanus Canal Conservancy Fifth Street & Second Avenue Drop-off only
Green-Wood Cemetery  25th Street & Fifth Avenue Drop-off only
Green Space @ President Street 222 Fifth Avenue Drop-off only
Lincoln Terrace Park Buffalo Avenue at East New York Avenue Drop-off only
Maria Hernandez Park* Suydam Street & Knickerbocker Avenue Chipping
Marine Park* East 33rd Street & Avenue U Chipping
McCarren Park* Lorimer Street & Driggs Avenue Chipping
McGolrick Park Monitor Street & Driggs Avenue Drop-off only
Owl’s Head Park* 68th Street & Colonial Road Chipping
Prospect Heights Community Farm 254 St. Marks Avenue Drop-off only
Prospect Park* Third Street & Prospect Park West Chipping
Prospect Park* Park circle at Parkside Avenue Chipping
Sunset Park 44th Street & 6th Avenue Drop-off only
Sutter Ballfields Barbey Street & Sutter Avenue Drop-off only

Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).

All lights, ornaments, decorations and netting must be removed from trees prior to drop-off.

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