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Don’t toss your tree – where to recycle it in 2020 Christmas Tree Recycling!
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Don’t toss your tree – where to recycle it in 2020 Christmas Tree Recycling!

City adds 13 additional locations to its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program

In 2021, be kind to the environment – your neighborhood sanitation worker – by recycling that old evergreen that brought so much cheer to last year. 

Beginning Monday, Jan. 4 and running through Jan. 16, the Streets Department Sanitation Division has six designated spots and have identified an additional 13 locations throughout the city for residents to recycle their tree. 

The six city-owned convenience centers are open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through Jan. 16 and are in the following locations:

  • 3033 S. 63rd Street                                 
  • 2601 W. Glenwood Avenue
  • 5100 Grays Avenue  
  • 3901 N. Delaware Avenue
  • State Road & Ashburner Street              
  • Domino Lane & Umbria Street            

On its website, the City of Philadelphia created an interactive map and a comprehensive list for the additional 13 locations where Christmas trees can be dropped off on Saturday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

January 2021 collection events

Additionally, there are a host of community collection events that will also recycle your tree for a $5 donation, and two sites Circle Compost and South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) does pickup for a $20 donation. SOSNA pickups are only on Saturday, Jan. 9, and are for residents in the immediate area. Residents can drop off at SOSNA’s 1601 Washington Avenue location on Sunday, Jan. 10. Times are from 9 a.m.-noon on both days. 

OrganizationDrop-off locationDrop-off dates and timesDonation amount
South Philly Green16th and Wolf StreetsSunday, Jan. 3, 12 p.m.–3 p.m.$5.00
South Philly Green17th and Manton StreetsSunday, Jan. 3, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.$5.00
East Mt. Airy NeighborsHistoric Upsala Mansion, 6430 Germantown Ave.Sunday, Jan. 3, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.$5.00
Passyunk Square Civic AssociationColumbus Square Park, corner of 13th and WhartonSaturday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.$5.00
South of South Neighborhood Association1601 Washington Ave.Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.$5.00
Lower Moyamensing Civic AssociationSouth Philadelphia High School, 2101 South Broad St.Saturday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 10, 12 p.m.–3 p.m.$5.00
Philly Goat ProjectThe Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh St. (at Duval)Saturdays, Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (rain dates: Sundays, Jan. 10 and Jan. 24)$20.00
Philly Goat Project and Philadelphia Parks & RecreationFairmount Park Organic Recycling Center, 3850 West Ford Rd.Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (rain date: Saturday, Feb. 6)$20.00

To drop off at any of these public or private locations, residents must remove all ornaments and make sure the tree is untied. 

So why should you take the time to recycle?

While trees that aren’t recycled will be picked up on trash days, cut trees add an additional burden on city landfills and the general stream of waste that occurs over the holiday season. 

According to the Streets Department, taking the effort to recycle your tree instead reduces waste costs and find these trees used instead as backyard compost, winter mulch for perennials and more. 

City programs are only for residents who receive City collected trash. For residents living in private communities, it’s suggested that arrangements are made for private disposal, however to not complicate matters, supporting the locations holding community events for a small fee may be the route to go to avoid the hassle of inquiring about private collection. 

More information regarding tree recycling, holiday waste management and more can be found by visiting philadelphiastreets.com/holiday.  


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Kerith Gabriel
Kerith Gabriel started out as a sports writer over a decade ago for the Philadelphia Daily News. He left sports to focus on issues that deeply affect Philadelphians but really, he just loves telling a good story, regardless of genre. When he’s not prowling for a story, you can most likely find him playing soccer at Penn Park, or doing the dad thing around town. Email him at kerith.a.gabriel@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter via @sprtswtr. View all posts by Kerith Gabriel

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