Now that Christmas is officially over, the Streets Department's residential Christmas Tree recycling program is kicking off. The program will begin Jan. 3 and run through the 14th.
Now in its 24th year, the program was developed to provide residents with an environmentally safe alternative for the disposal of used trees, a release from the department stated.
Trees can be dropped off at the following sanitation centers:
- 3033 South 63rd Street
- Domino Lane & Umbria Street
- State Road & Ashburner Street
The sanitation convenience centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Streets Commissioner Tolson urges citizens to follow these tips for a successful recycling program:
- Trees brought to the site to be recycled should be free of all decorations and untied. Christmas trees with decorations cannot be recycled and will be placed with rubbish.
- Trees should not be brought to the site in plastic bags.
- Christmas trees present a seasonal addition to the city’s waste stream. By recycling them and returning them to the earth, we help to reduce the number of discarded trees that end up in landfills.
There will be no curbside collection of Christmas trees for recycling purposes. Trees left at the curb will be considered as trash and will be picked up on regularly scheduled trash days. The program is only available to residents, vendors are responsible for making arrangements for the private disposal of their discarded trees.
For additional information regarding the program, or any other Streets Department service, please contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560.