NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City residents were set to recycle thousands of old Christmas trees this weekend, during the 17th annual MulchFest at sites in all five boroughs.

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation puts on the event each year, together with the city Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC. The Christmas trees are recycled into wood chips, which can be used to nourish trees and pants on streets and gardens across the city.

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New Yorkers can bring their old Christmas trees to a chipping location before 2 p.m. Saturday, and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, to get their trees chipped and get their very own bags of mulch.

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There are also dropoff sites available through Sunday where trees can be left to recycle later.

More than 24,000 trees were recycled at MulchFest last year.

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