With Christmas in the rear view mirror, the tree taking up space in the living room will soon need to make its way out. The Chicago Park District and the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, as well as a separate effort by the Chicago Cubs, will allow residents to mulch their now-useless Christmas tree, and still keep the mulch, for free.
Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell Ave., and the Cubs Green Lot on West Grace Street between North Racine Avenue and North Clifton Avenue will serve as mulching locations.
Clark Park will be operating between Jan. 5 – 18 while the Cubs Green Lot will be mulching between Jan. 5 – 14.
The city’s free mulching service is being done in an effort to reduce buildup in the area’s landfills and in the 24 years of the program, more than 157,000 Christmas trees have been kept out of landfills, including more than 14,000 last year, according to a statement from the city.
“Recycling Christmas trees is an easy way for residents to make a big impact on the environment,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement. “Each year, we are able to recycle thousands of Christmas trees to divert more waste away from landfills and reuse the materials in an environmentally-friendly way.”