Sadly, the holiday season is drawing to a close and now is the time to take down your holiday decorations and tree. Beginning today (Tuesday, January 3rd), and continuing through Saturday, January 21st, the City in partnership with the Chicago Park District will recycle your Christmas tree free of charge.
Simply take your tree to one of 24 Chicago locations and it will be chipped and ground into mulch. The location closest to the 49th Ward is Warren Park, 6601 N. Western (two blocks south of Pratt). The mulch will be made available at no cost to City residents at six designated locations, including Warren Park.
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.
Ornaments, lights, and garland should all be removed before placing the tree in the Christmas tree corral. The City is not able to accept decorations, tree lights, wreaths, garland, or 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/