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Here’s How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Philly

Remember when you said you'd go green in the new year?


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It’s time to recycle your Christmas trees. | Photo via ImagePixel/iStockphoto.com

The holidays have come to an end — and that means it’s time to get rid of your Christmas trees (womp).

Anyone looking to go green this new year should consider recycling their trees. The city will allow people to drop of their trees at various recycling centers starting this Wednesday, January 2nd, through January 12th.

To recycle your tree, you’ll need to rid it of any ornaments, tinsel, lights, or ties. Then, you can take it to one of the following sanitation centers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday:

  • 3901 N Delaware Ave. in Port Richmond
  • 2601 West Glenwood Avenue in North Philadelphia
  • 3033 South 63rd Street in Southwest Philadelphia
  • Domino Lane and Umbria Street in Roxborough
  • State Road and Ashburner Street in Northeast Philadelphia

You can’t recycle your tree by putting it on the curb — if you do, it will just be picked up as trash on your regularly scheduled collection day.

But if you don’t want to travel too far, consider taking your tree to additional drop off locations open on Saturdays. You can take your tree to one of the following 23 sanitation centers between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on January 5th and January 12th.

In West Philadelphia:

  • 66th Street and Haverford Avenue
  • 54th Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • 43rd Street and Powelton Avenue

In Southwest Philadelphia:

  • 72nd Street and Buist Avenue

In South Philadelphia:

  • Broad and Christian streets
  • 20th and Hartranft streets
  • 15th and Bigler streets

In Fairmount:

  • Corinthian and Poplar streets

In Kensington:

  • American and Thompson streets

In Chestnut Hill:

  • Graver Lane and Seminole Street

In Roxborough:

  • Cathedral Road and Ridge Avenue

In North Philadelphia:

  • Washington Lane and Ardleigh Street
  • Upsal Street and Lowber Avenue
  • Fisher and Ogontz avenues
  • 5th Street and Chelten Avenue
  • Castor Avenue and Foulkrod Street
  • 1400 Cottman Ave.

In Northeast Philadelphia:

  • 2901 Princeton Avenue
  • 7901 Ridgeway Street
  • 8101 Bustleton Ave.
  • 2900 Comly Road
  • 7231 Torresdale Avenue

In Germantown:

  • Wayne Avenue and Logan Street

For more information on the city’s Christmas tree recycle program, contact the Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560.