For 24 years, the Streets Department’s Sanitation division has provided Philadelphians with an environmentally safe alternative for the disposal of used trees. Streets Commissioner Clarena I.W. Tolson recently announced that the Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program will run from Tuesday, January 3 through Saturday, January 14.
Philadelphians 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
The Sanitation Convenience Centers are open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday through Saturday. Remember
- 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.
Christmas trees present a seasonal addition to the City’s waste stream. By recycling them and returning them to the earth, we help to reduce the number of discarded trees that end up in landfills.
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, please contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560, visit us online at www.philadelphiastreets.com . For all city services, call 3-1-1.