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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!

Curbside Pickup by Circle Compost

Weekends of January 4 and 11


If you live within Circle Compost’s service area (much of the city is included), you can sign up online for $20 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.

Passyunk Square Civic Association

January 4, 9 am — 3 pm
Capitolo Playground, Wharton and Passyunk avenues


This location asks for a $5 donation per tree to offset the cost of chipping them into mulch.

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

January 4, 9 am — noon
Spring Street between 21st and 22nd streets


A $5 donation is encouraged to recycle your tree.


January 4 and 5, 9 am — noon
1601 Washington Ave. (or schedule pickup)


The South of South Neighborhood Association is doing drop off and pickup! Sign up in advance online and choose from drop off at 1601 Washington Ave. for a $5 donation, or pickup for a $20 donation. All donations are tax-deductible and support Carpenter Green Park. Trees and greens of all shapes and sizes are accepted.

LoMo Civic Association

January  4, 9 am–3 pm; and January 5, noon–3 pm

South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St.


Come Saturday or Sunday and drop off your tree. A donation of $5 is requested. The trees will be turned into wood chips for the garden. Note: unlike in previous years, wreaths will not be accepted this year. When you sign up for a new auto-renewal LoMo membership ($15) you can opt for home pickup instead–email lomophilly@gmail.com if interested.

South Philly Green

January 5, 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.

East Mount Airy Neighbors

January 5, 1–4 pm

7100 block of Chew Avenue


Trees must be free of all decorations. EMAN is requesting a $5 donation per tree to help offset the cost of recycling.

Palmer Doggie Depot

January 5, 10 am–1 pm

35 E, Palmer St.


Bring your bare Christmas tree for recycling, to be turned into mulch to beautify the community. A $5 donation is suggested.

UC Green

January 11, 9 am–noon (Clark Park) and 12:30–3 pm (Malcolm X. Park)


UC Green will be offering treecycling at two different neighborhood locations on January 11. Trees will be mulched and used to aid the park trees. A donation of $5-$20 is requested.

Philadelphia Streets Department Saturday Neighborhood Drop-Off Sites

January 11 and 18, 9 am — 3 pm


In addition to the six everyday sanitation center locations listed below, there are 13 Sanitation Convenience Centers accepting your tree for free on two Saturdays in January:

Courtesy of Philadelphia Streets Department.


Philadelphia Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers

January 6 — 18
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



 Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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