By Scott Etkin
Mulchfest, the NYC Parks Department’s annual drive to recycle used Christmas trees, set a new record in 2023: 58,309 trees were collected throughout the city during this year’s event, up from 50,934 in 2022, according to a press release.
But, while more trees were collected across the city in 2023 than ever before, most of the locations on or near the Upper West Side had fewer drop offs than the prior year, a Parks Department spokesperson told the Rag.
|West 123rd Street and Morningside Avenue||505 trees||980 trees|
|106th Street and Central Park West*||248 trees||132 trees|
|West 83rd Street and Riverside Drive||2,835 trees||1,383 trees|
|81st Street and Central Park West||401 trees||350 trees|
|65th Street and Central Park West||272 trees||122 trees|
Mulchfest has been an annual event for more than two decades. In previous years, the Parks Department has collected between 25,000 and 30,000 on average annually. This year’s Mulchfest ran from December 26th through January 8th.
“New Yorkers have gone above and beyond in their tree-cycling efforts this year and set a new Mulchfest record,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue in a statement. “Here’s to breaking the record again at Mulchfest 2024!”
*Recorded as being at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue in 2022.