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!
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).
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.
January 5, 10 am–1 pm
35 E, Palmer St.
Bring your bare Christmas tree for recycling. A $5 donation is suggested.
January 5, 10 am — 2 pm
Columbus Square Park, 13th and Reed streets
This location asks for a small donation per tree.
January 5, 9 am — noon
Spring Street between 21st and 22nd streets
A $5 donation is encouraged to recycle your tree.
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.
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.
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:
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.