Citi to Sponsor 2023/2024 NYC Parks’ Annual Mulchfest!




Mulchfest. Image courtesy NYC Parks

The holiday season is here, and so is NYC Parks’ annual Mulchfest tree chipping celebration! Beginning December 26, New Yorkers can “tree”-cycle their trees at local parks, with convenient drop-off sites in all five boroughs. Citi is proud to sponsor this year’s Mulchfest and contribute to sustainable solutions that help build more resilient cities and communities.

Mulchfest. Image courtesy NYC Parks

This year, Parks will be hosting one chipping weekend, where New Yorkers can watch their holiday trees get mulched: January 6 and 7. On these days, residents can bring their tree to a chipping site, watch their tree be chipped, and bring a bag of nutrient-rich mulch home with them.

Parks is thrilled to be kicking-off this year’s Mulchfest! Last year, New Yorkers went above and beyond in their tree-cycling efforts, setting a new Mulchfest record of more than 58,000 trees,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue.Thank you to everyone who continues to make this event happen each year for contributing to our city’s sustainability efforts, including our sponsor’s at Citi. Mulching nurtures soil health and allows the community to get involved in sustainable practices, creating a shared sense of environmental stewardship. Here’s to breaking the record again at Mulchfest2024!”     

“Mulchfest has become a New York City tradition and we’re happy to help holiday trees keep our city green throughout the year. Keeping them in the ecosystem is much preferable to just adding to our waste stream,” said Ed Skyler, Head of Enterprise Services & Public Affairs at Citi.    

Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

Drop-offs begin at 72 sites citywide December 26, including: 


Friends of Brook Park Community Garden

Pelham Bay Park

Van Cortlandt Park (at the Golf Course)



Prospect Park (at Prospect Park West and 3rd Street)

McCarren Park

Herbert Von King Park



Dewitt Clinton Park

Central Park (at W. 65th Street, W. 81st Street and E 106th St)

Washington Square Park


Staten Island: 

Conference House Parking Lot

Clove Lakes Park

Willowbrook Park



Juniper Valley Park

Astoria Park

Rockaway Beach (at Shore Front Pkwy and Beach 94th St)

Mulchfest. Image courtesy NYC Parks

For more information, including the full list of Mulchfest drop-off and Saturday chipping sites, visit:  

Mulchfest 2023 will run from December 26 through January 7. New Yorkers will be able to drop off holiday trees at one of 72 sites – 34 are chipping sites – across the five boroughs, including parks and Greenthumb gardens. The trees are then chipped and recycled, and the mulch is used to nourish city trees and plants in every corner of the city. 


Mulchfest, part of the New York City holiday tradition, encourages New Yorkers to make greening a family activity—turning holiday trees into mulch which can be used for gardening and to increase soil fertility. For more than 20 years, Parks has collected and mulched trees to help planting beds and community gardens around the city grow. Mulch maintains the health of our trees and plants citywide by deterring weeds, retaining moisture, preventing compaction, adding nutrients to the soil, and keeping roots warm. In recent years, Parks has mulched between 25,000 and 30,000 on average annually, with a record-setting 58,000+ mulched during Mulchfest 2023.

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MulchFest2020. Image credit: NYC Parks

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