What To Do With The Tree?

DSNY’s Christmas Tree Collection Options

DSNY will collect clean Christmas trees (and wreaths!) from Friday, January 6, 2023 through Saturday, January 14, 2023 — weather permitting.

Remember, Christmas trees and wreaths are collected separately from your trash and recycling. They are scouted at the curb to make efficient collection routes, so yours may not be picked up immediately.

Before your Christmas trees and wreaths can be collected, you MUST:

  • Remove ALL lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Remove stands from trees and metal frames and wires from wreaths.
  • Make sure they are not wrapped in ANY plastic or placed inside a plastic bag.
  • Leave them at the curb between the designated dates (January 6 – 14).

Trees and wreaths are chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for NYC’s parks, institutions, and community gardens.

Artificial Trees

Donate or sell used artificial trees in good condition at donateNYC.

You can also take apart your tree to recycle the base and trunk (pole) with your metal, glass, plastic and cartons. Remove all lights, ornaments and tinsel before placing at the curb.

Otherwise, set it out as garbage on a regular collection day. Look up your collection schedule.

Make Your Own Mulch

Use evergreen boughs and branches from your Christmas tree as mulch to enrich the soil in your garden or street tree beds. Just cut off the smaller branches of your Christmas tree and remove the twigs from evergreen boughs. Lay three to four inches of these trimmings over the bare soil around street trees or in your garden. After removing the branches for mulch, you can take your tree to Mulchfestor leave it out for our collection.

Charlie Brown and Linus pick out a scrawny tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas, a TV special based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. The beloved show is airing for the 50th year Tuesda


Remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, and stands from natural trees and take them to Mulchfestfor free chipping.

Visit our website for more information.

Spatial Equality NYC – The Bad News


Spacial Equality NYC provides an easy-to-use online tool to explore how our community compares to the rest of NYC in a wide range of environmental, health, and infrastructure concerns. Here are the areas in which Harlem is doing better than the city’s average(s)

Harlem has a lot of traffic, and it’s worse than the traffic in most other communities in NYC:

Coupled with Harlem’s bad traffic is the linked high level of air pollution:

Permeable surface coverage (how much of our community is NOT paved over) is sadly lacking. Essentially, we have too much concrete and asphalt covering the ground:

In terms of bicycle lanes, Harlem is far behind the majority of NYC neighborhoods, forcing cyclists onto busy streets and discouraging seniors, children, and others from taking up a bike and going places with it:

Tree Selling Never Ends – Sleep Comes In Harlem

Christmas tree sellers work day in day out in 13-hour shifts to get New England trees into Manhattan homes. Working near Columbus Circle, but sleeping in Harlem.