CHICAGO (STMW) — The gifts are unwrapped, and soon the pine needles will starting to fall to the floor, meaning it’s almost time to plan for the removal of your Christmas tree.

The Chicago Park District announced Wednesday that beginning Saturday, Jan. 5, and continuing through Friday, Jan. 18, residents can take their Christmas trees, real ones, to about two dozen locations at city parks to be chipped and turned to mulch.

The mulch will be available for free to residents on a limited basis at the tree recycling locations beginning Jan. 11, according to the Park District.

Before dropping off your tree, remove all ornaments, lights and stands first as sites are not able to accept other materials, such as decorations, wreaths, garland or household recyclables.

Tree recycling sites are:

• Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

• Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell Ave.

• 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, 2427 W. 113th St.

• Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.

• Lake Meadows Park, 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

• Lincoln Park, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave., parking lot east of Cannon Dr.

• 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, 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave.

• Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L

• Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.

• Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.

• Wentworth Park, 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.

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