2010-01-13 / Features

23,000+ Trees Mulched At Mulchfest 2010

Area residents brought their undecorated Christmas trees to Astoria Park to be mulched as part of the 14th annual MulchFest on Sunday, January 10. Photo NYC Parks & Recreation Area residents brought their undecorated Christmas trees to Astoria Park to be mulched as part of the 14th annual MulchFest on Sunday, January 10. Photo NYC Parks & Recreation This past weekend, the Parks Department held the city’s 14th annual MulchFest, in which Christmas trees are recycled by converting them into wood chips, at more than 80 locations throughout the five boroughs, including Astoria Park. This year’s MulchFest recycled more than 23,000 trees—the highest in MulchFest history. Queens residents brought out 2,683 Christmas trees.

“New Yorkers helped the city stay green by bringing their Christmas trees for chipping at Parks’ annual MulchFest,” Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe said. “By recycling their Christmas trees, New Yorkers support the environment and the MillionTreesNYC initiative by providing wood chips that help trees, flowers and shrubs grow. Mulch was also made available to take home for participants’ own tree pits, private gardens and planting beds.”

Recycling trees that cannot be planted promotes the MillionTreesNYC initiative by providing mulch to keep the city’s newly planted trees, parks and green spaces healthy and beautiful. Woodchip mulch moderates soil temperatures, helps retain soil moisture and deters weed growth while slowly adding nutrients to the soil. The mulch will be used to line street tree pits and flowerbeds in parks. Wood chips may also be used in homes and gardens to enrich soil and control weeds.

The Department of Sanitation is also making curbside tree collections and transporting them to recycling sites through Friday, January 15. Last year, more than 160,000 Christmas trees were collected and recycled by the city––more than 17,000 through MulchFest.

This year’s event was sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation, Green NYC, Cabot Cheese, Arizona Beverage Co., Pop Chips, 98.7 KISS and 101.9 RXP Radio.

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