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Recycle your Christmas tree at these Chicago Park District sites

Recycle your Christmas tree at these Chicago Park District sites
Photograph: CC/Flickr/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

If you love the holiday season and want to hold off as long as possible before boxing up all your decorations, there's still plenty of time to recycle your Christmas tree with the help of the Chicago Park District. From January 3 to January 21, city residents can drop off their trees at 24 different park district locations throughout the city.

Trees can be dropped off inside tree corals at any of the sites, and six locations will also have free mulch available for residents beginning January 3. Sites offering free mulch are Warren Park, 6601 N Western Ave; North Park Village, 5801 N Pulaski Road; Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W 111th St; Margate Park, 4921 N Marine Drive; Lincoln Park, Cannon Drive at Fullerton Ave (east of Cannon); and the forestry site at 900 E 103rd St. 

Residents can still put their old Christmas trees out for garbage pickup, but recycling trees helps divert waste from landfills and that has a big impact on the environment. Last year, the city recycled more than 19,000 trees, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Recycle your Christmas tree at these park district locations: (*free mulch available)

Bessemer Park
8930 S Muskegon Ave

Clark Park
3400 N Rockwell St

Forestry Site*
900 E 103rd St

Garfield Park
100 N Central Park Ave

Grant Park
900 S Columbus Drive

Humboldt Park Boathouse
1369 N Sacramento Ave

Jackson Park
6300 S Cornell Ave

Kennedy Park
2427 W 113th St

Kelvyn Park
4438 W Wrightwood Ave

Lake Meadows Park
3117 S Rhodes Ave

Lincoln Park*
Cannon Drive at Fullerton Ave
(parking lot east of Cannon)

Margate Park*
4921 N Marine Drive

Marquette Park
6700 S Kedzie Ave

McKinley Park
2210 W Pershing Road

Mount Greenwood Park*
3721 W 111th St

North Park Village*
5801 N Pulaski Road

Norwood Park
5801 N Natoma Ave

Portage Park
4100 N Long Ave

Riis Park
6201 W Wrightwood Ave

Rowan Park
11546 S Avenue L

Sheridan Park
910 S Aberdeen St

Warren Park*
6601 N Western Ave

Wentworth Park
5701 S Narragansett Ave

West Chatham Park
8223 S Princeton 

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