Chicago’s annual holiday tree recycling program will run from Saturday, January 9 through Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 25 locations city wide.
Live holiday trees can be dropped off inside tree corrals set up at any one of the 25 designated Chicago Park District locations. The holiday tree recycling program is not able to accept wreaths or garlands. Ornaments, lights, tinsels, and tree stands must be removed before the tree is dropped off and trees should be removed from any bags when placed in the tree recycling corrals.
Trees recycled through the program are turned into mulch, wood chips for use at Chicago Park Districts and materials for use by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. You can view the full list of participating locations here. Last year, the program mulched more than 17,400 trees. Free mulch will be available for residents to pick-up beginning on January 16, at six designated locations.
The most convenient location for residents is Margate Park, which will also be a designated mulch pick-up location.
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More information on recycling holiday items and recycling in Chicago can be found at Recycle By City Chicago.