2024 Holiday Tree Recycling in Chicago

NOTE: This article has been archived and may not be up to date.

Chicago's Holiday Tree Recycling events return from Saturday, January 6th through the 20th at 27 parks across the city!

Why tree recycling is good for the planet  

Trees collected at the Holiday Tree Recycling events are turned into mulch.  Mulching trees is far more earth-friendly than sending them to landfills.  In landfills, rotting organic matter like plants, trees, and food release methane, a greenhouse gas that fuels climate change. By foregoing the landfill, your tree will instead benefit plants and soil at local parks and forests.

How to participate

Chicago's Tree Recycling Program runs from January 6th to 20th. Trees can be dropped off anytime during normal park hours.  

Only live/natural trees without flocking are accepted. Garlands and wreaths are not accepted. Because the trees are turned into mulch, all tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed. Plastic bags used for transport also need to be removed before putting trees into the stalls. 

Six locations will also have free mulch available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis, starting Monday, January 8th: Lincoln Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, Warren Park, and the Forestry Site.

*Star = mulch available beginning  Monday, Jan. 8

  • 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.

  • Hiawatha Park, 8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

  • 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 Dr. at Fullerton Ave. (East side of Cannon Dr.)

  • Mahalia Jackson Park, 8385 S. Birkhoff 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 (Service Yard), 5800 N Avondale 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.

  • Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave. 

  • *Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.

  • Wentworth Park, 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.

  • West Chatham Park, 8223 S. Princeton Ave. 

Onward and Upward

In 2023,  over twenty thousand trees were collected through the Holiday Tree Recycling events, diverting about 730,000 pounds of unnecessary waste from local landfills. Way to be, Chicago! 

Please help spread the word about the Tree Recycling program, let's make 2024 the best year yet. 

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Updated: Dec 19, 2023



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