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Chicago to begin recycling Christmas trees January 7

Starting January 7, residents can drop off their Christmas trees for recycling at 26 locations across the city. Trees will be accepted until January 26.

The city will only accept live or natural trees. Garlands or wreaths will not be recycled, and all ornaments and decorations should be removed from trees. Christmas trees must not be covered with any bags before they are brought to be recycled.

Free mulch will be available at six of the recycling spots starting January 9 on a first-come, first-served basis.

According to the city, more than 22,200 trees were recycled through the program in 2020, the equivalent of diverting about 775,000 pounds from landfills.

Here is a list of the Christmas Tree Recycling spots:

  • Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
  • Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St.
  • Forestry Site, 900 E. 103rd St. (mulch available beginning January 9)
  • Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
  • Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Drive
  • Humboldt Park 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, east side of Cannon Drive at Fullerton Avenue (mulch available beginning January 9)
  • Mahalia Jackson Park, 8385 S. Birkhoff Ave.
  • Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive (mulch available beginning January 9)
  • Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road
  • Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. (mulch available beginning January 9)
  • North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski Road (mulch available beginning January 9)
  • Norwood Park Service Yard, 5800 N. Avondale 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.
  • Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave.
  • Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave. (mulch available beginning January 10)
  • Wentworth Park, 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.
  • West Chatham Park, 8223 S. Princeton Ave.


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