Thousands of Christmas trees discarded after the holidays found new life as mulch, which will be available for free in locations across Pittsburgh starting Saturday.
More than 2,200 Christmas trees have been saved from the landfill and either composted or over-transformed, city officials said.
Other organic material, collected at the city’s bi-annual composting events and given to city composting all year round, will also be available to the public.
From Saturday, residents can pick up mulch at several locations. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.:
• Riverview Park – Just behind the Salt Dome Division building
• Moore Park – Lower Moore car park
• Sheraden Park – Take Surban Street into the park, at the first parking lot
• Pittsburgh Zoo overflow parking lot at 7370 Baker St., parking lot on the right (pine mulch only)
• Highland Park – Opposite the dog park
Other locations are open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
• 5th Public Works Department
• 1330 Hassler St. (next to Herschel and Steuben-Strasse near the Herschel Park)
• 2nd Public Works Department
• 6814 Hamilton Avenue (North Dallas Avenue on Hamilton Avenue)
• 3rd Public Works Department
• 40 Melanchton St. (from 2nd Avenue, around the corner from Division Gate on Dyke Street)
Those who come to mulch should bring their own buckets, gloves and shovels. Face masks are required and social distancing guidelines apply.
Mulch is available until May 10th or while supplies last.
Pine mulch is available to the Pittsburgh Zoo site while other sites have triple shredded mulch.
Megan Guza is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter.