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NYC Christmas tree recycling program begins Monday

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NEW YORK – New York City is beginning its annual Christmas tree recycling program on Monday.

The Department of Sanitation’s “Tree-cycling” initiative runs through Jan. 15.

Residents must remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from the trees before putting them out at curbside, the city said.

The trees will be chipped and reused as mulch in city’s parks, community gardens and institutions.

Any trees put on the curb after Jan. 15 will still be collected without a violation, but they won’t be recycled. Instead, they’ll be treated as regular household waste, the city said.