Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 07 to noon on Thursday, Dec. 09

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for everyone 5 and older! Get your children vaccinated today. Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.

Trash, recycling & city upkeep

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: 2021 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: 2021 community collection events

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

January 2021 collection events

Organization Drop-off location Drop-off dates and times Donation amount
South Philly Green 16th and Wolf Streets Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
12 p.m.–3 p.m.
South Philly Green 17th and Manton Streets Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
East Mt. Airy Neighbors Historic Upsala Mansion, 6430 Germantown Ave. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Passyunk Square Civic Association Columbus Square Park, corner of 13th and Wharton Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
South of South Neighborhood Association 1601 Washington Ave. Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lower Moyamensing Civic Association South Philadelphia High School, 2101 South Broad St. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021
12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Philly Goat Project The Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh St. (at Duval) Saturdays, Jan. 9. and Jan. 23, 2021
10 a.m.–1 p.m. (rain dates: Sundays, Jan. 10 and Jan. 24)
Philly Goat Project and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center, 3850 West Ford Rd. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
10 a.m.–12 p.m. (rain date: Saturday, Feb. 6)


Tree recycling: 2021 pick-up services

The following groups offer pick-up services for Christmas trees: