Check tree twice for ornaments, or you'll regret it very mulch

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SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - There will be no “Toy Story” ending if Chicagoans don’t remove their favorite Christmas ornaments from their trees before hauling them to one of 24 sites the city offers for disposal, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

No one is looking for stray decorations. And there is no lost and found box.

The trinkets will end up in the wood chipper along with the tree.

“We do not have a repository for any forgotten ornaments on holiday trees which is why we remind residents to carefully check their trees for all of their holiday mementos,” Sara McGann, spokeswoman for the Department of Streets and Sanitation, said Tuesday in an email.

“Trees are recycled into fragrant mulch,” she added. At some locations, residents can take away that mulch for personal use, while “the remaining mulch is distributed by Bureau of Forestry throughout the City,” McGann explained.

Tree drop off begins Jan. 3, as does mulching of trees at six of the drop-off sites, but remember to bring your own container for the mulch.

Drop-off locations (**mulching sites):

Bessemer Park
8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Clark Park
3400 N. Rockwell

Forestry Site**
900 E 103rd St.

Garfield Park
100 N. Central Park Ave.

Grant Park
900 S. Columbus Dr.

Humboldt Park
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 (in the 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

West Chatham Park
8223 S. Princeton