Thousands of Christmas trees tossed out after the holidays found new life as mulch, available for free starting Saturday at locations across Pittsburgh.
More than 2,200 Christmas trees were saved from the landfill and either composted or turned to much, city officials said.
Other organic material collected at the city’s twice annual composting events and dropped off year-round at city composting will also be available to the public.
Residents can pick up mulch beginning Saturday at a number of locations. The following are open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.:
• Riverview Park- Directly past the division salt dome building
• Moore Park – Lower Moore parking lot
• Sheraden Park – Take Surban St into the park, at first parking lot
• Pittsburgh Zoo overflow parking lot at 7370 Baker St., parking area to the right (pine mulch only)
• Highland Park – Across from the dog park
Other locations are open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday:
• 5th Division of Public Works
• 1330 Hassler St. (Off Herschel and Steuben streets near Herschel Park)
• 2nd Division of Public Works
• 6814 Hamilton Ave. (North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue)
• 3rd Division of Public Works
• 40 Melanchton St. (Off 2nd Avenue around the corner from the division gate on Dyke Street)
Those coming for mulch should bring their own buckets, gloves and shovels. Face masks are required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.
Mulch will be available through May 10 or while supplies last.
Pine mulch is available to the Pittsburgh Zoo location, while other locations will have a triple-shred mulch.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .