GUIDE: 2015 Christmas Tree Recycling in Philadelphia

Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Philadelphia


My Christmas tree still has some life left in it, but if you’ve been staring at yours since December 26th and wondering what the heck to do with it, no worries—we’ve got you covered. The City of Philadelphia, as well as several neighborhood groups, are offering Christmas tree recycling services throughout the month of January.

While technically you may put your tree out with your weekly garbage pile, we don’t suggest it. Those trees end up in landfills, while recycled trees get used for compost, wood chips or other needed projects in local parks. Check out the guide below for locations, dates and times for tree recycling near you.

Christmas Tree Recycling in Philadelphia: Citywide Initiatives

Philadelphia Streets Department
Where: The city will offer four sanitation convenience centers (3033 South 63rd Street in Southwest Philly; Domino Lane and Umbria Street in Roxborough; State Road and Ashburner Street in Holmesburg; and 2601 West Glenwood Avenue in North Philly), plus an additional 23 drop-off locations throughout the city. Check out the full list here.
When: You can drop off trees at the convenience centers from January 5th through 17th between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. For the 23 additional locations, collection will be on Saturday, January 10th and Saturday, January 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Christmas Tree Recycling in Philadelphia: Neighborhood Initiatives

Where: Greenlimbs will collect trees at Whole Foods Callowhill (20th and Callowhill streets).
When: January 10th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Note: It’s $5 per tree and $2 per wreath.

East Falls
Where: East Falls Community Garden, Ridge Avenue and Scotts Lane.
When: Sunday, January 4th from 10 a.m. to noon, or Sunday, January 11th from noon to 4 p.m.
Note: A $3 donation per tree is suggested.

Where: Lehigh Avenue and Frankford Avenue. (Future site of the Kensington Co-op)
When: Saturday, January 1oth from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Note: Electronics, like computers, cellphones and printers, will also be collected and recycled. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Mount Airy
Where: Awbury Arboretum at the Cope House parking lot and Gabbie’s Community Garden (Chew Avenue at Mount Airy Avenue)
When: Saturday, January 10th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the arboretum, and Sunday, January 11th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the garden.
Note: $5 donation requested.

Northern Liberties
Where: Orianna Hill Dog Park (across from Liberty Lands Park)
When: Saturday, January 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Note: A suggested donation of $5 is requested.

Queen Village/Bella Vista
Where: Greenlimbs will collect trees at the Shambles (Second and Lombard streets), Weccacoe Playground (400 Catherine Street), Whole Foods South Street (Ninth and South streets).
When: January 10th; all locations begin collecting at 9 a.m. The first two listed above end at 1 p.m.; Whole Foods will collect until 3 p.m.
Note: It’s $5 per tree and $2 per wreath.

South Philly
Where: Columbus Square Park, 13th and Reed streets.
When: Saturday, January 10th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Note: A $5 donation is requested.

Southwest Center City
Where: Carpenter Green, 17th and Carpenter.
When: Saturday, January 3rd and Saturday, January 10th from 9 to 1 p.m.
Note: Trees will be collected exclusively on January 3rd. On the 10th, there will also be collection for electronics, styrofoam and paper shredding. It’s $5 per tree.

West Philly/University City
Where: Clark Park, 43rd Street and Chester Avenue.
When: Saturday, January 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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