I love having a Christmas tree up in my house and turn it on every chance I get. And this year I actually got it up Thanksgiving weekend, so I’ve been able to enjoy it for a month. But as soon as Christmas is over, I want it gone and my home returned to order.
To aid that removal process (unless you have a neighborhood grinch you can hire), I pulled together options for Fairmount — and all Philadelphia — residents.
Christmas trees present a seasonal addition to the City’s waste stream. By recycling them and returning them to the earth, we reduce our waste costs and create a valuable resource.
To be recycled, your tree must be free of all decorations and untied. Christmas trees with decorations cannot be recycled.
You have a number of options to choose from.
Mon – Sat Options
Residents who want to drop their trees off at one of Philly’s Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers can do so between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday through Saturday between Jan 2nd and Jan 14th.
You have six locations to choose from:
- 2601 W. Glenwood Avenue
- 3033 S. 63rd Street
- Domino Lane & Umbria Street
- 5100 Grays Avenue
- State Road & Ashburner Street
- 3901 N. Delaware Avenue
I created a custom map with each of the locations that you can view here. The first address (2601 Glenwood Ave) is closest to Fairmount.
A free Christmas tree drop-off is offered citywide on Sat, Jan 7th and Jan 14th. You can drop off your tree at one of the 23 locations listed here from 9am to 3pm.
Christmas tree drop-off is also offered by many neighborhood organizations and civic associations. You can find a full list here.
Note: Drop-offs are only available on Jan 7 and 8.
For those households that cannot participate in the recycling program, trees placed at the curb will be picked up on regularly scheduled collection day as trash. Trees set out for pickup are sent to a waste-to-energy plant along with all other trash collected at the curb.
Note: This program is for citizens who receive city collected trash and recycling services. Vendors are responsible for making arrangements for the private disposal of their discarded trees.
Other Holiday Recyclables
The City of Philadelphia Recycling Office issued an alert before Christmas recommending that residents recycle the following items, which they see more of this time of year:
- wrapping paper
- tissue paper
- gift tags
- glass wine and champagne bottles
- soda and beer cans
- paper grocery bags
- department store sale flyers and catalogs
- telephone books
- New Year’s Eve paper confetti and ticker tape
Here’s a comprehensive list of items you can recycle year round.
Note: You don’t need a blue recycling bin in order to recycle. Any sturdy metal or plastic container will do, up to 20 gallons.