Recycle your Christmas tree in Philly: How, where and when to do it

For the 27th year, the city is launching its environmentally beneficial Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program.

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The Philadelphia Streets Departments wants you to please recycle your Christmas tree. For the 27th year, the city is launching Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program.

The Streets Departments says recycling your tree cut downs on the major additional waste that goes through the city systems around the holidays. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure all the decorations are off. Sorry, Christmas balls can’t be recycled.
  • Don’t burn your tree in a fireplace. The sap can coat your chimney and cause a fire.
  • Small pine limbs and needles can be re-used and make for great mulch.
  • If you can’t get to a recycling center, your tree will be picked up from the curb with the rest of the trash. Boo.

You can drop off your tree at the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers which are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Saturday beginning Jan. 4 and lasting until Jan. 16. They’re located at:

  • 3033 S. 63rd St.
  • Domino Lane and Umbria St.
  • State Road and Ashburner St.
  • 2601 W. Glenwood Ave.
  • 5100 Grays Ave.
  • 3901 N. Delaware Ave.

In addition, there are 23 more locations across the city that will be accepting trees on Saturday Jan. 9 and Saturday Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Here’s a map of where you can take your tree in the city:

The above locations are:

  • 66th and Haverford Ave.
  • 54th and Woodbine Ave.
  • 43rd and Powelton Ave.
  • 72nd and Buist Ave.
  • Broad and Christian St.
  • 20th and Hartranft St.
  • 15th and Bigler St.
  • Corinthian and Poplar St.
  • American and Thompson St.
  • Graver Lane and Seminole
  • Cathedral and Ridge Ave.
  • Washington Ln. and Ardleigh
  • Upsal and Lowber St.
  • Fisher and Ogontz Ave.
  • 5th and Chelten Ave.
  • Castor and Foulkrod St.
  • 1400 Cottman
  • 2901 Princeton Ave.
  • 7901 Ridgeway St.
  • 8101 Bustleton Ave.
  • 2900 Comly Rd. – Palmer Playground
  • 7231 Torresdale Ave. – Russo Park
  • Wayne Ave. and Logan St.

Some city civic associations are also holding tree drop-off days. Check here to see if your neighborhood association is involved.