The live Christmas tree that gave so much delight over the holidays can keep giving to gardens and landscaping next year if it is mulched into ground cover as part of the city recycling program.
From Jan. 7 until Jan. 20 Chicago residents can drop off their used holiday trees at any of 23 unsupervised locations citywide.
During a demonstration today at 900 S. Columbus Drive workers from the Streets & Sanitation’s Bureau of Forestry showed how the trees will be mulched so that they can be reused as a fragrant ground cover on city landscaping projects or by residents in their backyard gardens.
Mulching keeps trees from being landfilled and allows an environmentally friendly reuse. A limited amount of mulch will be left at the drop-off sites for pick-up by residents beginning on Jan. 13, according to a release from Streets & Sanitation.
Residents are asked to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and accessories before leaving the trees.
Over the past 22 years the program has kept more than 143,000 trees out of landfills, and last year alone 14,591 trees were recycled.
Participating drop-off locations are:
Bessemer Park 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Clark Park 3400 N. Rockwell St.
Forestry Site 900 E. 103rd St.
Garfield Park 100 N. Central Park Ave.
Grant Park 900 S. Columbus Dr.
Humboldt Pk Boathouse 1369 N. Sacramento Ave.
Jackson Park 6300 S. Cornell Ave.
Kennedy Park 2427 W. 113th St.
Kelvyn Park 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Lake Meadows Park 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.
Lincoln Park Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Avenue (Parking lot east of Cannon Drive)
Margate Park 4921 N. Marine Dr.
Marquette Park 6700 S. Kedzie Ave.
McKinley Park 2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Mt. Greenwood Park 3721 W. 111th St.
North Park Village 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
Norwood Park 5801 N. Natoma Ave.
Portage Park 4100 N. Long Ave.
Riis Park 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Rowan Park 11546 S. Avenue L
Sheridan Park 910 S. Aberdeen St.
Warren Park 6601 N. Western Ave.
Wentworth Park 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.