NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation began its annual MulchFest Saturday.

New Yorkers can now bring out their Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch.

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Around 250 parks across the five boroughs will be designated for mulching over the next two days. Trees can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s a time when we end the holiday season then start the spring season helping our gardens thrive for the rest of the year,” First Deputy Commissioner of NYC Parks Liam Kavanaugh told CBS2’s Ilana Gold.

For more information on where you can bring your tree, click here.

In Oakland Gardens, Queens, the workers from the parks department helped Walter Mugdin remove the Christmas tree from the top of his car.

“It’s a natural product of course. It’s a regular tree and they’re going to chip it up, they turn it into mulch, put the mulch down in parklands or you can use it in your garden,” Mugdin said. “It keeps erosion under control. You need less water for your garden if you mulch it.”

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Workers at Thompson Square Park had a busy job ahead of them as dozens arrived with their old trees.

“I had to get rid of it so it seemed much better than throwing it away,” Andrew White said, who dropped off his tree.

“It’s really important for the health of the community,” East Village resident Melissa Weigel said.

Officials remind residents that all lights, ornaments, decorations and netting must be removed from trees prior to drop-off.

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