NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Department of Sanitation says it will begin its curbside collection and recycling of Christmas trees on Monday.

Trees left out on the curb for pickup will be chipped and turned into compost for city parks, gardens and ball fields. The program will run through Wednesday, Jan. 15.

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Those throwing away trees should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments before tossing them on the curb for removal. The trees should not be placed in plastic bags.

In years past, the Department of Sanitation has collected about 140,000 Christmas trees for recycling.

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The Parks & Recreation Department is also hosting Mulchfest 2014 on Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at drop off sites throughout the city.

Residents can drop off their trees for mulching and event attendees can pick up free mulch.

For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling or Mulchfest 2014, visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation or www.nyc.gov/parks.

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