People, people! No need to dump your 2009 Christmas tree in such inappropriate places... like the Carroll Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal. (That area has seen enough dumping over the last century.)
The New York City Sanitation Department will pick it up right from the curb in front of your house starting on Monday, January 4th, 2010 through Friday, January 15th.
From the NYC Sanitation Dept website:
Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments
from holiday trees before they are put out at curbside for removal.
Trees must not be placed into plastic bags. Clean, non-bagged Christmas
trees that are left at the curb between Monday, January 4th and Friday,
January 15th will be collected, chipped, and made into compost. The
compost will be processed and subsequently spread upon parks, ball
fields, and community gardens throughout the city.
In January 2009, the Department collected 122,235 discarded Christmas trees.
"The Department is very pleased to offer this special recycling
service. Providing collection and recycling options for residents is
environmentally valuable and benefits our neighborhoods. Working in
conjunction with the City's Parks & Recreation Department allows
residents to take part in the recycling process and permits them to even
reuse their composted Christmas trees to fertilize for the
spring. Compost is a natural fertilizer and is an excellent soil
enrichment that promotes the healthy growth of plants and grass," said
For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling and/or
Mulchfest 2010, visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation
<http://www.nyc.gov/sanitation> or www.nyc.gov/parks
<http://www.nyc.gov/parks> or call 311.
In addition, the NYC Park's Department will be hosting its yearly Mulchfest on Saturday and Sunday, January 9&10.
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