By Jim Donovan: Philadelphia’s Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program will run from Monday, January 7 through Saturday, January 19. The 25-year old program was developed by the Streets Department’s Sanitation Division to provide an environmentally safe alternative for the disposal of used trees.
Residents who wish to drop off their trees to be recycled may take it to the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers located at 3033 S. 63rd Street, Domino Lane & Umbria Street and State Road & Ashburner Street during the two-week program. The Sanitation Convenience Centers are open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday through Saturday.
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. Trees left at the curb will be considered as trash and will be picked up on regularly scheduled trash days. As always, the program is for citizens who receive City collected trash and recycling services. Vendors are responsible for making arrangements for the private disposal of their discarded trees.
For additional information regarding the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, or any other Streets Department service, you may contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560, visit www.philadelphiastreets.com . For all city services, call 3-1-1.