PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Streets Department has announced that The Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program will run for two weeks in 2012.

Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson said Tuesday, the 24-year-old program would provide citizens an environmentally safe alternative to dispose of used trees from Tuesday, January 3 through Saturday, January 14.

Those who wish to drop off trees to be recycled may take them to the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers at 3033 S. 63rd Street, Domino Lane and Umbria Street, or State Road and Ashburber Street, at any time during the two-week period.

The commissioner is urging those who wish to participate in the recycling program to consider these tips:

– Trees brought to the site to be recycled should be free of all decorations and untied. Christmas trees
with decorations cannot be recycled and will be placed with rubbish.

– Trees should not be brought to the site in plastic bags.

There will be no curbside collection of Christmas Trees for recycling purposes. For more information on the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, contact the Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560 or visit

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