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How to Get Rid of Your Christmas Tree in Philly

Keep your Christmas green and recycle your tree.

Oh, Christmas tree. Now that the holidays are over, that once-festive tree is shedding pine needles all over the place, and it’s time to get that thing out of your home. Why not do the environmentally friendly thing and recycle it?


Luckily, there are many options for this, including plenty of places to drop off that conifer. Just make sure you take all the lights and decorations off first!

Philadelphia Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers

January 2 — 16
Monday — Saturday, 8 am — 6 pm


You can drop your tree off for free at one of the Streets Department’s Centers. The locations are:

  • 3901 N. Delaware Ave.
  • 2601 W. Glenwood Ave.
  • 5100 Grays Ave.
  • Domino Lane and Umbria Street
  • State Road and Ashburner Street


January 5, 9 am — noon
1701 Carpenter St. (or schedule pickup)


The South of South Neighborhood Association is doing both pickup and drop off on January 5. Sign up in advance online and choose from drop off at 1701 Carpenter St. for a $5 donation or pickup for a $20 donation. All donations are tax-deductible and support Carpenter Green Park. New for this year, you can drop-off broken string lights for recycling too (not included in pickup).

LoMo Civic Association

January 5, 9 am–3 pm

South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St.


Recycle your tree and wreaths. A donation of $5 (trees) and $2 (wreaths) is requested. The trees will be turned into wood chips for the garden.

Palmer Doggie Depot

January 5, 10 am–1 pm

35 E, Palmer St.


Bring your bare Christmas tree for recycling. A $5 donation is suggested.

Passyunk Square Civic Association

January 5, 10 am — 2 pm
Columbus Square Park, 13th and Reed streets


This location asks for a small donation per tree.

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

January 5, 9 am — noon
Spring Street between 21st and 22nd streets


A $5 donation is encouraged to recycle your tree.

Olde Richmond Civic Association

January 5, noon–3 pm

Cione Rec Center, Lehigh and Aramingo avenues


Bring your Christmas tree to the sidewalk outside of Cione Rec for free recycling.

South Philly Green

January 6, noon–3 pm

Guerin Rec Center (16th and Wolf)


Drop off your tree at Guerin Rec Center.  A $5 suggested donation benefits South Philly Green and PHS. You can also request home pickup for $15.

Philadelphia Streets Department Saturday Neighborhood Drop-Off Sites

January 5 and 12, 9 am — 3 pm


In addition to the six everyday sanitation center locations, there are 23 Sanitation Convenience Centers accepting your tree for free on two Saturdays in January:

Courtesy of Philadelphia Streets Department

Circle Compost

January 5 and 12


If you live within Circle Compost’s service area (much of the city is included), you can sign up online for $15 curbside pickup. Circle Compost will bring your tree to one of their nonprofit farm partner locations, and grind it up into wood chips. The chips will be used by the farms as mulch and also in the composting process.


 Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Philadelphia Assistant Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org



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