Chicagoans drop off record number of Christmas trees

January 13, 2008 9:37:25 AM PST
Chicagoans have dropped off a record number of Christmas trees at multiple recycling centers located throughout the city, prompting a city department to add another week for residents to dispose of their old trees in an environmentally friendly way.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, 13,200 trees were recycled, according to a release from the city Department of Streets and Sanitation. In 2007, just under 12,000 trees were recycled, and in 2006, just over 12,000 were recycled, according to the release.

Of the 23 drop-off locations, all except one, the DeVry Institute location on the North Side, will remain open until Friday Jan. 18, the release said. Premiums given Saturday to residents dropping off their trees will not be available during the extended period, the release said.

The Christmas tree recycling program is run by Streets and Sanitation by turning old trees, often improperly disposed of by residents, into something environmentally friendly. The recycling program dissuades residents from throwing out their old trees, which end up taking up space in a landfill, and turns the tree into mulch that is used for city landscaping projects and for residents' backyard gardens, the release said.

Sun-Times News Group Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2008

For more info call 311 or visit and select "Green to Blue Christmas Tree Recyclng" Under Chicago

List of Locations:
Bessemer Park: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Devry Institute: 3401 N. Rockwell
Forestry Site: 900 E. 103rd St.
Garfied Park: 100 N. Central Park Ave.
Grant Park: 900 S. Columbus Dr.
Humboldt Park Boathouse: 1440 N. Sacramento Blvd.
Jackson Park: 6300 S. Cornell Dr.
Kennedy Park: 11320 S. Western Ave.
Kelvyn Park: 4438 S. Wrightwood Ave.
Lake Meadows Park: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.
Lincoln Park: Cannon Dr. at Fullerton
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
Portage Park: 4100 N. Long
Riis Park: 6100 W. Fullerton
Rowan Park: 11546 S. Avenue L
Sheridan Park: 910 S. Aberdeen St.
Warren Park: 6601 N. Western Ave.
Wentworth Park: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.