NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – ‘Twas the season – at least as of the New Year.

The Department of Sanitation announced Thursday it is launching it’s annual curbside Christmas tree collection and recycling program Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The program will run until Jan. 12.

“The Department is very pleased to offer this special recycling service,” said Commissioner John Doherty. “Providing collection and recycling options for residents is environmentally valuable and benefits our neighborhoods. ”

Owners are urged to remove all tree stands, lights, tinsel and ornaments from trees before they put them out at the curbside. The department emphasizes trees must not be in plastic bags.

Collected trees will be chipped and turned into compost, which will then be spread on parks, ball fields and gardens throughout NYC.

“Starting January 9th, you can also visit a chipping site and return home with a bag of fresh fragrant mulch for your own garden,” said Parks Commissioner Veronica White. “I’m proud to work with NYC’s Strongest at the Sanitation Department to provide this great service that will reduce the impact on landfills and help to green our city.”

The Parks Department will also host its annual Mulchfest Jan. 12-13 at sites throughout the city. To find a location, just click here.

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