01/04/2013 02:29 pm ET

Chicago Christmas Tree Recycling: City Offers Service At 23 Locations Citywide Starting Saturday

With the holidays behind us, it is now time to take down the Christmas tree, Chicago.

But thankfully, your O Tenenbaum need not be dumpster-bound, thanks to a free service being offered by the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation and the Chicago Park District, beginning Saturday.

At 23 sites located throughout the city, Chicagoans may drop off their tree -- with any and all ornaments, lights or garland already removed -- to be recycled through Jan. 18. The resultant mulch will be available to whomever wants it, at no cost, beginning Jan. 11. (Read below for a map of all 23 Chicago tree recycling sites.)

The program is an effort to both keep the city's alleys clear and also to reduce the amount of materials that wind up in a landfill. Last year, more than 14,300 trees were recycled citywide and 157,700 trees have been recycled since the program's inception 24 years ago.

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