The dropoff point for live Christmas trees rests adjacent to the McKinley Park field house parking lot at 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree at McKinley Park

Published January 1, 2019

Neighborhood residents can responsibly dispose of their Christmas trees by taking them to the recycling drop-off point in McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago, starting this Saturday. A program of Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation in partnership with the Chicago Park District, the tree recycling will run from Saturday, January 6, through Saturday, January 20, at McKinley Park and 24 other locations across the city.

The trees will be turned into mulch for use in Park District locations, for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and for residents to pick up at some recycling locations, which unfortunately does not include McKinley Park.

Live holiday trees can be dropped off in the tree corral next to the parking lot south of the field house in McKinley Park. The recycling program cannot accept wreaths or garlands, and all ornaments, lights, tinsels, tree stands and bags containing trees must be removed.

“We encourage residents to manage tree disposal and all of their holiday waste responsibly to protect our environment and divert as must waste as possible from landfills,” said Streets and Sanitation Acting Commissioner John F. Tully.

"Recycling your holiday tree at park sites citywide can help you, your community and the environment by minimizing waste and fostering a healthy environment," said Michael P. Kelly, Chicago Park District CEO.

Mulch can be picked up for free starting on January 8 at five locations citywide: The closest to the McKinley Park neighborhood are Mt. Greenwood Park at 3721 W. 111th St. and the Forestry Site at 900 E. 103rd St., Chicago.

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