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Here’s Where You Can Recycle Christmas Trees In Chicago

You can drop off your tree at any of the city's locations starting Jan. 9. Trees will be accepted until Jan. 23.

Christmas Tree recycling near Humboldt Park's Boathouse.
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CHICAGO — The city has 25 spots where Chicagoans can ditch their Christmas trees so they can be recycled into mulch.

You can drop off your tree at any of the city’s locations starting Jan. 9. Trees will be accepted until Jan. 23.

Only live or natural trees will be accepted. No garlands or wreaths can be recycled, and all ornaments and decorations should be removed from trees. If you put a plastic bag on your tree to move it, you must remove it before leaving it to be recycled.

Free mulch will be available at six of the recycling spots starting Jan. 12.

More than 17,000 trees were composted during the 2019 program, according to the city.

See where you can recycle trees here:

  • Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
  • Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1369 N. Sacramento Ave.
  • Lincoln Park, Cannon Drive at Fullerton Avenue (free mulch available)
  • West Chatham Park, 8223 S. Princeton Ave.
  • Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L
  • Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St.
  • Jackson Park, 6300 S. Cornell Ave.
  • Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive (free mulch available)
  • North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski Road
  • Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen st.
  • Forestry Site, 900 E. 103rd St. (free mulch available)
  • Kennedy Park, 2427 W. 113th St.
  • Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma Ave.
  • Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave.
  • Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
  • Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
  • McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road
  • Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.
  • Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave. (free mulch available)
  • Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Drive
  • Lake Meadows Park, 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.
  • Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. (free mulch available)
  • Riis Park, 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave.
  • Wentworth Park, 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.

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