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Philadelphia’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program Begins Jan. 6

(credit: Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia residents can start dropping off their Christmas trees for recycling on Monday, January 6th.

The Streets Department says the program will run for two weeks through Saturday, Jan. 18.

Residents may drop off their trees for recycling at any of the following Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

  • 3033 South 63rd Street
  • Domino Lane and Umbria Street
  • State Road and Ashburner Street


Christmas trees brought to these sites should be:

  • Free of all decorations and ornaments
  • Free of plastic bags or wrappings
  • Untied


The Streets Department says there will be no curbside collection of Christmas trees for recycling purposes. Trees left at the curb will be considered as trash and will be picked up on regularly scheduled trash days.

After the trees are collected at the convenience centers, the Department of Parks & Recreation takes them for composting and/or shredding for mulch.

Commercial entities are not permitted to use these citizen drop-off locations to dispose of their trees. Businesses must make arrangements for the private sector recycling or disposal of their discarded trees.

Citizens who require additional information regarding the Christmas Tree Recycling Program may contact the Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560. For all city services, call 3-1-1.