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Tree Recycling Starts January 9. Photo: Chicago Park District/ Irene Tostado
Tree Recycling Starts January 9 at 25 park locations. Photo: Chicago Park District/ Irene Tostado

Trees recycled into free mulch for residents

CHICAGO - The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), in partnership with the Chicago Park District, today announced that the City's annual holiday tree recycling program will run from Saturday, January 9 through Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 25 locations city wide.

"We encourage residents to make holiday tree recycling a part of their family tradition, this year and every year," said DSS Commissioner John F. Tully. “The holiday recycling tree program is part of the Streets and Sanitation’s year-round efforts to protect our environment and divert as must waste as possible from landfills.”

Live holiday trees can be dropped off inside tree corrals set up at any one of the 25 designated Chicago Park District locations. The holiday tree recycling program is not able to accept wreaths or garlands. Ornaments, lights, tinsels, and tree stands must be removed before the tree is dropped off and trees should be removed from any bags when placed in the tree recycling corrals.

Trees recycled through the program are turned into mulch, wood chips for use by the Chicago Park District and materials for use by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

"Now that the holidays are winding down, we encourage residents to recycle their holiday tree at one of the park sites across the city," said Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District.  This annual effort helps our communities and city by minimizing waste and fostering a healthy environment. This annual effort encourages the residents to become responsible stewards of our natural resources and in return receive free mulch when available at select locations."   

Last year, the program mulched more than 17,400 trees. Free mulch will be available for residents to pick-up beginning on January 16, at six designated locations. 

Participating locations include:

BESSEMER PARK
8930 S. Muskegon Ave 

HUMBOLDT PARK BOATHOUSE
1369 N. Sacramento Ave 

LINCOLN PARK*
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave.
(East of Cannon Dr.) 

WEST CHATHAM PARK
8223 S. Princeton 

ROWAN PARK
11546 S. Avenue L 

CLARK PARK
3400 N. Rockwell St. 

JACKSON PARK
6300 S. Cornell Ave 

MARGATE PARK*
4921 N. Marine Dr. 

NORTH PARK VILLAGE*
5801 N. Pulaski Rd. 

SHERIDAN PARK
910 S. Aberdeen St. 

FORESTRY SITE*
900 E. 103rd St. 

KENNEDY PARK
2427 W. 113th St. 

MARQUETTE PARK
6700 S. Kedzie Ave 

NORWOOD PARK
5801 N. Natoma Ave 

WALSH PARK
1722 N. Ashland 

GARFIELD PARK
100 N. Central Park Ave 

KELVYN PARK
4438 W. Wrightwood Ave 

MCKINLEY PARK
2210 W. Pershing Rd. 

PORTAGE PARK
4100 N. Long Ave 

WARREN PARK*
6601 N. Western 

AVEGRANT PARK
900 S. Columbus Dr. 

LAKE MEADOWS PARK
3117 S. Rhodes Ave 

MT. GREENWOOD PARK*
3721 W. 111th St. 

RIIS PARK
6201 W. Wrightwood Ave 

WENTWORTH PARK 
5701 S. Narragansett 

*Free mulch will be available at those locations with an asterisk. 
More information on recycling holiday items and recycling in Chicago can be found at Recycle By City Chicago