News Release
City Services

December 26, 2013

City of Chicago To Offer Christmas Tree Recycling at 23 Citywide Locations, January 4 through January 18, 2014

Seasonal City Program Provides Chicagoans with an Easy and Environmentally-Friendly Tree Disposal Service


The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation in partnership with the Chicago Park District will offer Christmas tree recycling from Saturday, January 4 through Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 23 locations citywide.


"Christmas tree recycling is an easy and an environmentally-friendly alternative for residents to dispose of their trees," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  "Each year through the Christmas tree recycling program, we are able to divert thousands of Christmas trees away from landfills for reuse in our community."


Live Christmas trees with ornaments, lights, tinsel and stands removed can be dropped-off inside tree corrals set up at all 23 Park District locations.  Forestry Crews from the Department of Streets and Sanitation will chip Christmas trees into free mulch for residents.  Limited amounts of free mulch will be available for residents to collect from all tree drop-off locations beginning on Friday, January 10.  The Christmas tree recycling program is not able to accept tree decorations, tree lights, wreaths or garland at these locations.


Last year, Chicagoans recycled over 16,800 trees up from 14,300 trees recycled in January 2012.


"Recycling your Christmas tree is not the only way Chicagoans can be green this season, " said Commissioner Charles L. Williams, Department of Streets and Sanitation.  "Residents have many options for reducing their impact on our environment from recycling cardboard gift boxes in their blue recycling carts to saving wrapping paper and bows for next year."


Residents can also recycle old electronic devices and household chemicals at the City's Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility on 1150 N. North Branch Street.


Christmas Tree Recycling drop-off locations:


Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Clark Park, 3400 North Rockwell St.

Forestry Site, 900 E. 103rd St.

Garfield Park, 100 North Central Park Ave.

Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr.

Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1369 N. Sacramento Ave.

Jackson Park, 6300 South Cornell Ave.

Kennedy Park, 2427 W. 113th St.

Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.

Lake Meadows Park, 3117 South Rhodes Ave.

LincolnPark, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave. (Parking lot east of Cannon Dr.)

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. Wrigthwood 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.

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