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How to get rid of your Christmas tree in NYC

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – It’s time to deconstruct the decorations, strip down the lights and pack away the ornaments until next year.

But how to get rid of that tree?

The New York City Department of Sanitation is offering free Christmas tree pickup starting Jan. 5 until Jan. 16, the agency announced this week.

Curbside collection is available to all city residents, who are encouraged to get their trees to the curb as soon as possible.

Trees must be free of stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments, and they cannot be placed in plastic bags.

The discarded holiday staples will be chipped into mulch that will then be distributed to parks, playing fields and community gardens throughout the city, the sanitation department said.

If you’d like to deliver your own tree to be recycled, NYC Parks & Recreation will be accepting evergreens at their Mulchfest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 10 and 11 at designated sites, listed here, throughout the city.