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Philadelphia’s Two-Week, DIY Christmas Tree Recycling Period Gets Underway

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By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City of Philadelphia’s Christmas tree recycling program wants you — to bring your trees to them.

This is the 24th year of the city’s do-it-yourself Christmas tree recycling.  And, as in recent years, it differs from recycling everything else.

With most other recyclables, you leave the items at the curb in your recycling bin on recycling day, and there it goes.

But trees left at curbside go into the landfill.

To recycle your tree in Philadelphia, you have to bring it to one of the Sanitation Convenience Centers, located on South 63rd Street near Passyunk in Southwest Philadelphia, at Domino Lane & Umbria Street in the Northwest, and on State Road & Ashburner Street in the Northeast.

Trees are accepted Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm, now through Saturday the 14th (see related story).  You are asked to not leave any decorations on the tree.  Don’t tie it up, and don’t put it in a plastic bag.  All three are recycling no-no’s.

Also, this tree recycling program is for city residents only.  Businesses are expected to make their own arrangements to dispose of trees.

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