Now that the holidays are over and we've crossed into 2012, you're probably wondering what to do with that tree in your living room..

The live Christmas tree [and/or Hanukkah bush] that gave so much delight over the holidays can keep giving to gardens and landscaping next year if it is mulched into ground cover as part of the city recycling program.

From Jan. 7 until Jan. 20 Chicago residents can drop off their used holiday trees at any of 23 unsupervised locations citywide.

Mulching keeps trees from being landfilled and allows an environmentally friendly reuse. A limited amount of mulch will be left at the drop-off sites for pick-up by residents beginning on Jan. 13, according to a release from Streets & Sanitation.

Residents are asked to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and accessories before leaving the trees.

Over the past 22 years the program has kept more than 143,000 trees out of landfills, and last year alone 14,591 trees were recycled.
[Chicago Tribune]

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A full list of drop-off locations, below..

Bessemer Park - 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Clark Park - 3400 N. Rockwell St.
Forestry Site - 900 E. 103rd St.
Garfield Park - 100 N. Central Park Ave.
Grant Park - 900 S. Columbus Dr.
Humboldt Pk Boathouse - 1369 N. Sacramento Ave.
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 Avenue (Parking lot east of Cannon Drive)
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.