Here’s where to recycle your Christmas trees

401px-12242008_ChristmasEve00028It’s that time of the year again: Time to avoid block-incinerating fires by getting rid of your Christmas tree, assuming you purchased one as part of your celebration of that holiday, and haven’t already disposed of it. If you want to be all green about getting rid of your tree, there are a number of spots around the city you can take it, where it’ll be recycled rather than put in a landfill. Our friends at Green Philly Blog (not really friends, per se; we’ve never met, but they seem cool and I like their blog) have put together a list of where to drop your tree this weekend if you want to be green. You can read that post here, but I’ve copy and pasted it below, too. Here you go:

Here are the 2013-2014 Christmas Tree recycling options in Philadelphia:

Saturday, January 4th Treecycling:

South Philly/Passyunk: Bring your tree (ornaments and lights removed) to Columbus Square Park (corner of S. 13th St and Reed St) between 10AM-4PM on Saturday, January 4th.  They are asking a $5 donation for the drop-off.

Weccacoe Playground (400 block of Catharine St) 9 a.m. to Noon. Suggested donation $5/tree, $2/wreath.

Whole Foods Market at 10th and South, 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Suggested donation $5/tree, $2/wreath.

Bennett Compost customers (or by request) can leave their tree out for collection starting at 7 AM on Saturday, January 4th. They are charging $15 for the service – $5 goes to civic associations, and $10 is for the convenience that you won’t be lugging a huge tree around by yo’self. Contact Bennett before January 3rd if you’re interested.

Northern Liberties: Bring your tree to Liberty Lands (3rd St side) on Saturday, January 4thbetween 10 AM – 4 PM. No’ Libers with questions, please email Lara Kelly at

University City: Bonus! You can recycle your electronics AND Christmas tree at the same time on Saturday, January 4th from 10 AM to 4 PM at Clarks Park located at 43rd and Chester Streets for a $10 fee. Bring your electronics between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m, and note that TVs and computer monitors are $20. But at least ALL media data is destroyed, so you don’t have to worry about a hacker scouting your information afterwards like they do at Target.

Kensington/ Fishtown: 9:30a-12:30p at Palmer Dog Depot

West Center City: 10a – 4p at Markward Rec. Center

Sunday, January 5th Treecycling:

Logan Square: 9:30a -12:30p at the former Boy Scouts building parking lot

Fairmount/Art Museum: 1p – 4p at 22nd and Brown Sts.

Chestnut Hill: 9:30a – 12:30p at the Norwood Fontbonne School

Mount Airy: 1p – 4p at Gabbie’s Garden

East Falls: 12p – 4p at Ridge Ave and Scotts Lane

Philadelphia – Christmas Tree City Drop-Off Program:

Through January 18

From Jan. 6th to Jan. 18th, Philadelphia residents may drop off their undecorated trees at the Streets Department’s Sanitation Convenience Centers, open from 8 AM – 6 PM Monday – Saturday:

3033 S. 63rd St.

Domino Lane at Umbria Street

State Road at Ashburner Street

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