Friday, January 8, 2016

Where To Mulch Your Roosevelt Island Christmas Tree? Closest Location In Long Island City And Astoria This Weekend

A Roosevelt Island resident asked:

Do you know if there will be any mulching of Xmas trees on the island?

I asked the Roosevelt Island Garden Club (RIGC) and Big Reuse if the Saturday Farmers Market Compost Booth is accepting Christmas Trees for recycling. Big Reuse replied:
I'm sorry to say, we cannot accept Christmas trees at our drop-off site on Roosevelt Island. This is because we have neither the capacity to haul potentially A LOT of trees nor do we have a wood chipper and the ability to process them.

This link is from the NYC Parks Department website and maps all of the locations where trees can be disposed of. However, the closest site to Roosevelt Island residents is very near to our processing site, underneath the Queensboro Bridge, at the corner of Queens Plaza South and 10th St.
The LIC Post reports:
... The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy has partnered with the Parks Department to participate in MulchFest, an annual event for recycling Christmas trees into mulch. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hunters Point South Park near Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue....

... Other Queens MulchFest locations include Astoria Park at 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue...
The RIGC has more info on Christmas tree mulching.

Also RIGC's Julia Ferguson reports:
We have just received metrics from Ryan Olds on the first six weeks of Organics Recycling with BIG Reuse/NYC Compost on Roosevelt Island. Ryan will be staffing again this Saturday. We encourage all to come out and meet him and bring lots of kitchen scraps from healthy eating in this brand new year.

Here are our metrics from the first 6 weeks...

220 lbs organics

215 lbs organics

175 lbs organics

235 lbs organics

135 lbs organics

340 lbs organics

That puts us at a total of 280 drop-offs, 494 interactions, and 1320 lbs of organics collected! Very exciting!
More on the Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market Big ReUse Composting Booth at this previous post.