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Dispose of Christmas trees

Philadelphia residents may dispose of their live Christmas trees curbside or recycle them. Trees placed curbside will be taken by the City as trash instead of being composted.

If you’d like to recycle your tree, you can:

  • Take it to a City-run drop-off site.
  • Take it to a community collection event.
  • Arrange for pick-up services.
This annual service is not available right now. This page is for reference only until new dates are available.

Tree recycling: 2022 drop-off sites

The Department of Streets Christmas Tree Recycling Program takes place for two weeks in January. While the program is running, you may bring your Christmas tree to one of several designated locations or to a sanitation convenience center.

Trees must be untied and have no decorations to make it easy to recycle them. Recycled trees are sent to a vendor that chips them up as a bulking agent for composting.

City-run drop-off sites

  • Drop-off location
  • Sanitation convenience center

Tree recycling: 2022 community collection events

Several community groups accept Christmas trees for recycling. Before attending, confirm the event details with the group.

January 2022 collection events

Organization Drop-off location Drop-off dates and times Donation amount
East Mt. Airy Neighbors Historic Upsala Mansion, 6430 Germantown Ave. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022
12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
South Philly Green Guerin Recreation Center, 16th and Wolf Streets Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022
12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Passyunk Square Civic Association Columbus Square Park, corner of 13th and Wharton Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Lower Moyamensing Civic Association (LoMo) South Philadelphia High School parking lot, 2101 S. Broad St. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022
12 p.m.–3 p.m.
UC Green Clark Park, near 43rd and Chester Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
UC Green Malcolm X Park at Baltimore Ave. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022
12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Philly Goat Project The Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh St. (at Duval) Saturdays, Jan. 8. and Jan. 22, 2022
12 p.m.–3 p.m. (rain dates: Sundays, Jan. 9 and Jan. 23)
South Philly Green Manton Green, 17th and Manton Streets Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022
9 a.m.–3 p.m.


Tree recycling: 2022 pick-up services

The following groups offer pick-up services for $15–$20 per Christmas tree: