You can put your live Christmas tree curbside for chipping and composting at any time during the Department of Sanitation’s special collection period.

The 2020 Christmas Tree Collection will run Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 17.

Before placing your tree curbside, remove:

  • Plastic bags
  • Lights
  • Ornaments
  • Tree stands
  • Other tree-related accessories

Trees that still have items attached can’t be composted and will be collected as regular trash.

Learn more about Christmas tree collection.

After the special collection period is over, Christmas trees will be collected with regular garbage.

If you place your tree curbside before the collection period begins, it may not be collected until then. Leave your tree curbside until it is collected.

Missed collection complaints are not accepted for trees placed out before the collection period.

You can drop off your Christmas tree at select City parks for chipping and recycling during Mulchfest.

From December 26 through January 11, you can take your tree to any Mulchfest location. If you bring your tree to a chipping site on Saturday, January 4th or Saturday, January 11th, you can watch your tree get chipped and take home a free bag of mulch.

Before you bring your tree to Mulchfest, you should remove any:

  • Plastic bags
  • Lights
  • Ornaments
  • Tree stands
  • Other tree-related accessories

Online

Find Mulchfest locations.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

If you are throwing out an artificial Christmas tree 4 feet or smaller, you can put it curbside with your regular garbage. If the tree is greater than 4 feet, you must make a bulk pick-up appointment.

To schedule a bulk pick-up appointment, visit the Bulk Item Disposal page.