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Where to recycle your Christmas tree

Written by
Laura Baginski

This weekend, Chicago alleys will become graveyards for sad, lonely Christmas trees, some with tinsel still hanging from their branches. It's depressing enough that the holiday season is over—let's not make our mood worse by tossing trees in the trash, okay?

The city makes it pretty easy to recycle your tree. Starting tomorrow (January 3) through January 17, you can drop off your tree at 23 city parks, and the city will ground down the trees for mulch. The park locations are below, but if you can't muster the energy to do the drop-off yourself, you can contact Do the Right Thing! Recycling. For $25, they'll come to your house, take your tree (you need to remove the lights and ornaments, of course), clean up all those pesky pine needles and take the tree to its dignified end, a mulching drop-off site.

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 Dr

Humboldt Park Boathouse
1369 N Sacramento Ave

Jackson Park
6300 S Cornell Ave

Kennedy Park
2427 W 113rd St

Kelvyn Park
4438 W Wrightwood Ave

Lake Meadows Park
3117 S Rhodes Ave

Lincoln Park
Cannon Dr at Fullerton Ave

Margate Park
4921 N Marine Dr

Marquette Park
6700 S Kedzie Ave

McKinley Park
2210 W Pershing Rd

Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W 111th St

North Park Village
5801 N Pulaski Rd

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

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