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30,109 NYC Christmas trees recycled at ‘MulchFest’

January 15, 2014 Associated Press
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The holidays are over, but thousands of New York City’s Christmas trees will live on as mulch for city parks.

The city Parks Department said Tuesday that 30,109 trees were turned in over the weekend in the department’s 18th annual MulchFest.

That total exceeds the previous record of 26,373, which was set last year.

The trees are being turned into wood chips that will be used to nourish parks and gardens throughout the city.

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Deputy Parks Commissioner Liam Kavanagh said mulch helps our city’s trees and plants by deterring weeds, retaining moisture and adding nutrients to the soil.

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