Chicago’s Christmas tree recycling program begins Jan. 7 and runs from Jan. 22 at 26 parks across the city, including Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
Trees can be dropped off anytime during normal park hours, which are n
Only live/natural trees without flocking are accepted; garlands and wreaths will not be accepted. Because the trees are turned into mulch, all tinsel, ornaments, lights and stands must be removed. Plastic bags used for transport should also be removed before putting trees into the stalls.
These six locations will also provide free mulch on a first-come, first-served basis, starting Monday, Jan. 9th: Lincoln Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, Warren Park, and the Forestry Site.
In 2020, 22,236 Christmas trees were mulched through the city’s holiday tree recycling events, a 25% increase over the previous year. That’s equal to diverting about 775,000 pounds from landfills.