Christmas Tree Recycling Program

How to properly dispose of your tree this holiday season

With the holiday season coming to a close, the city of Philadelphia is offering an environmentlly friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree. From Monday, January 7 through Saturday, January 19 the Streets Department's Sanitation Division is running their Christmas tree recycling program.

The 25-year old program provides an alternative to throwing trees out with regular trash and seeks to reduce the number of trees in landfills.

According to a press release, citizens who wish to participate in this program can take their trees to the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers located at 3033 S. 63rd Street, Domino Lane & Umbria Street and State Road & Asburner Street between 8:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m from Monday through Saturday.

Streets Commissioner Tolson asks participants to make sure all trees are free from decorations, untied and not in plastic bags when they are brought to the site. Any trees not in accordance with these specifications will not be recycled.

Residents may leave trees with for normal curbside pickup. However, trees left curbside will be treated as trash—not recycling.

Any questions on the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, or any other Streets Department business, can be directed to its customer affairs line at 215-686-5560 or its website.

Mary Kaminski December 29, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Another use for Christmas trees after the holidays are over is to put it out in your yard; it will provide shelter for the birds that stay for the winter. You can even decorate it with strung popcorn or other food for the birds. If you have a big enough yard, you could also snag one or two additional trees for the birds from your neighbors. The branches can also be cut off and make good ground cover for your flower beds over the winter. Any needles that fall off are also good for the garden. I keep our tree until about March or so. Then I take it to the recycling area on Domino Lane and put it in the yard waste truck.


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