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Officials Give Tree Recycling Demonstration Ahead of MulchFest

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If you haven't gotten rid of your Christmas tree yet, you can "tree-cycle" it this weekend.

Parks Department officials and local politicians gave a tree recycling demonstration Thursday ahead of the city's 18th annual MulchFest, happening this Saturday and Sunday.

As discarded Christmas trees start to crowd sidewalks, the MulchFest gives you a chance to turn your tree into wood chips to use in gardens.

"I encourage everybody, if you had a Christmas tree, I hope you had a great holiday. Please bring that Christmas tree to us," said Ron Gonen, the recycling and sustainability commissioner of the Department of Sanitation. "We will mulch it, and we will turn it into compost, which is an organic fertilizer."

MulchFest is going on at parks in all five boroughs this weekend.

For more information, go to nyc.gov/parks and search for "MulchFest," or call 311.

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