Sadly, the holiday season is drawing to a close and now is the time to take down your holiday decorations and tree. Beginning this Saturday, January 6th, and continuing through Saturday, January 20th, the City in partnership with the Chicago Park District will recycle your Christmas tree free of charge.
Simply take your tree to a Park District Christmas tree recycling location and it will be chipped and ground into mulch. The locations closest to the 49th Ward are Warren Park, 6601 N. Western (two blocks south of Pratt), and Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive (four blocks south of Foster). Free mulch will be available at both parks beginning Monday, January 8th.
Recycling Christmas trees is an easy way for residents to make a big impact on the environment by keeping the alleys clear, reducing the number of trees deposited in landfills and reusing the trees in an environmentally-friendly way. The mulch not given away to City residents will be used in local parks to protect and nourish plants and soil.
Only live/natural trees without flocking are accepted (no garland or wreaths). Because the trees are mulched, all tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed. Plastic bags used for transport should also be removed before depositing the trees.
Please note, the City will not accept household recyclable materials at any Christmas tree recycling location.
If you want to recycle your tree, but avoid the hassle of hauling it to a Park District facility, you might consider a service offered by the non-profit Do the Right Thing! Recycling. They will come to your home and pick up your tree at a charge of $15 for curbside pickup and $25 for in-home pickup. If they pick up your tree inside your home, they come equipped with reusable tarps and chords, thereby minimizing the tedious chore of sweeping up needles from your floor well into the summer.
For more information on their service, visit: http://dtrt-recycling.org/