By Jim Donovan: Philadelphia’s Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program kicked off today and will run through Saturday, January 17. The 26-year old program was developed by the Streets Department’s Sanitation Division to provide citizens with an environmentally beneficial alternative for the disposal of used trees.

Citizens who wish to drop off their trees to be RECYCLED may take them to the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers which are open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday through Saturday and located at:

• 3033 S. 63rd Street
• Domino Lane & Umbria Street
• State Road & Ashburner Street
• 2601 W. Glenwood Avenue

Trees should be free of all decorations and untied. Christmas trees with decorations cannot be recycled.

New this year, the Streets Department is pleased to announce there will also be Christmas tree DROP OFF SITES located throughout the city at 23 designated locations on Saturday, January 10 and Saturday, January 17 from 9am to 3pm.

The sites are:
66th & Haverford Ave.
54th & Woodbine Ave.
43rd & Powelton Ave.
72nd & Buist Ave.
Broad & Christian St.
20th & Hartranft St.
15th & Bigler St.
Corinthian & Poplar St.
American & Thompson St.
Graver Lane & Seminole
Cathedral & Ridge Ave.
Washington Ln. & Ardleigh
Upsal & Lowber St.
Fisher & Ogontz Ave.
5th & Chelten Ave. (water reservoir)
Castor & Foulkrod St.
1400 Cottman – Pennway & Cottman Ave. (Jardel Rec.)
2901 Princeton Ave. (Mayfair Rec.)
7901 Ridgeway St. (Fox Chase Rec.)
8101 Bustleton Ave.
2900 Comly Rd. – Palmer Playground
7231 Torresdale Ave. – Russo Park
Intersection of Wayne Ave & Logan St

For those households that cannot participate in the recycling program, trees placed at the curb will be picked up on regularly scheduled collection day as trash. Trees set out for pick up are sent to a trash-to-energy plant as does all rubbish collected at the curb.

Tree recycling information can be found at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/holiday. For additional information regarding the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, or any other Streets Department service, please contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215)686-5560.