CHICAGO (WBBM) — From Jan. 1 through Jan. 17, Chicago residents can drop off their used real holiday trees at any one of 23 participating tree drop off sites.

Trees will be turned into a fragrant mulch which will only be made available on a limited basis beginning on Jan. 7 at designated sites. Click here for details.

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Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesman Matt Smith said recycling trees is of great benefit to the environment.

“Twenty-eleven will be the 22nd year for the program, and in that time, we’ve actually collected and mulched 128,778 Christmas trees,” Smith said, “and when you stop to consider that your average Christmas tree takes up as much space in a landfill as a washing machine, you can see how a program like this one makes a real big difference.”

Only real trees should be dropped off and must be free of all ornaments, lights, tinsel and stands. Please do not drop off any tree lights, decorations, wreaths, garlands or household recyclables at these locations.

Participating sites:

Bessemer Park: 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Clark Park: 3400 N. Rockwell St.

Forestry Site: 900 E. 103rd St.

Garfield Park: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Grant Park: 900 S. Columbus Dr.

Humboldt Park Boathouse: 1369 N. Sacramento Blvd.

Jackson Park: 6300 S. Cornell Ave.

Kennedy Park: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kelvyn Park: 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.

Lake Meadows Park: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Lincoln Park: Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway, parking lot east of Cannon Drive

Margate Park: 4921 N. Marine Dr.

Marquette Park: 6700 S. Kedzie Ave.

McKinley Park: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Mt. Greenwood Park: 3721 W. 111th St.

North Park Village: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Norwood Park: 5801 N. Natoma Ave.

Portage Park: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Riis Park: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Rowan Park: 11546 S. Avenue L

Sheridan Park: 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Warren Park: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Wentworth Park: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

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