No More Curb Recycling for Christmas Trees in Philly

Yes, the city will still take it if you leave it on the curb — but it will end up in a landfill. To go green in 2018, here’s a quick and easy guide to recycling your pine.

The holidays are officially over – and that means Christmas trees will soon litter every curb in Philly.

But those looking to recycle their trees in 2018 (anyone want to go green in the new year?) should know that you can no longer do so by leaving your tree on the curb.

Instead, you’ll need to bring it to one of the city’s designated recycling spots – aka the Streets Department’s Sanitation Convenience Centers – between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In addition, the city will run 23 drop-off locations – perhaps closer to your neighborhood – between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 6th, and Saturday, January 13th.

It’s all part of the city’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program, which officially starts on Thursday and runs through January 13th.

To recycle your tree, make sure it’s free of decorations and untied. If you’re crafty and looking to get a little more use out of it, consider composting your tree or using small pine limbs or needles for mulch. Otherwise, if you just want to get rid of your tree and don’t really care where it goes, just leave it on the curb. It will be collected as trash on trash day.

Here’s a list of Christmas tree drop-off locations, per the city:

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

And here’s a list of the city’s Sanitation Convenience Centers:

  • 3033 South 63rd Street
  • 2601 West Glenwood Avenue
  • Domino Lane & Umbria Street
  • 5100 Grays Avenue
  • State Road & Ashburner Street
  • 3901 North Delaware Avenue

For more information on the city’s tree recycling program, visit the Streets Department’s website.