Chicago's 2021 Tree Recycling Program runs from January 9th through the 23rd at dozens of parks across the City. In locations across the city, live/natural trees are accepted to be recycled into mulch. The mulch is used in parks across Chicagoland. In In 2018, over 17,000 trees were composted through the Tree Recycling program alone, diverting an estimated 620,000 pounds from landfill. That's pretty cool!
Only live/natural trees without flocking are accepted (no garland or wreaths). Because the trees are mulched, all tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed. Plastic bags used for transport should also be removed before putting trees in the stalls.
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We will be co-sponsoring an upcoming recycling event with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Degnen and hope you will bring your Christmas tree in for recycling.
Keep your alley, garage and homes safe by keeping flammable trees out of the garbage and alleys.
If you cannot take the tree in call a pedi-recycler, or check with your local neighborhood groups to see who might be doing a bloc bulk pickup. PLEASE DO NOT DUMP TREES at any UNMARKED, or UNOFFICIAL Chicago Park not on the city list.