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January 2, 2013

Recycle Your Christmas Tree: There Are Drop-Off Locations Throughout The City, January 5-19

Now that the Christmas presents are unwrapped and the pine needles are collecting on the living room floor, it’s time to take the wreaths down and unplug the strings of lights.

If you’re looking to recycle your Christmas tree in an eco-friendly manner, you’re in luck.

Philadelphia is once again providing the city with Christmas Tree Recycling services from Monday, January 7 to Saturday, January 19.

Note that trees that are put out with regular trash on the curb will be treated as trash, not as recycling. Trees that are brought to designated sanitation centers will be used for good! They will be composted or turned into mulch.

Last year, a whopping 1,757 trees were recycled. Let’s beat that this year, people.

There are three Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers, located at: 3033 S. 63rd Street; Domino Lane and Umbria Street; and State Road and Ashburner Street. All locations will be collecting trees from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Make sure your tree is completely bare of decorations, bags and wrappings. Trees should also be untied.

You can contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560 for further information.

In addition to the official services provided by the Philadelphia Recycling Office, other organizations across the city are offering tree-cycling services as well, included below.

Saturday, January 5

Greenlimbs is teaming up with Whole Foods Market, Queen Village Neighbors Association, Bella Vista United Civic Association, South Street Headhouse District and other neighborhood associations for their 2013 tree-cycling event. Trees brought to Weccacoe Playground (400 block of Catherine Street), Sartain Garden (Sartain & Locust Streets) or Whole Foods Market on South Street (929 South Street) will be chipped and turned into mulch for local parks, playgrounds and recreation centers. They will also be collecting holiday wreaths for wreath-cycling. There is a suggested donation of $5 for trees and $3 for wreaths.

• 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. join NKCDC, Fishtown and ORCA at Palmer Dog Depot (E. Palmer Street on north side of Blair Street)

• 1-4 p.m. at Marconi Plaza (Broad & Oregon Streets)

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. join Passyunk Square, E. Passyunk Crossing, Newbold Neighbors and Lower Moyamensing Neighborhood Association at Columbus Square Park (13th & Reed Streets)

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. join Northern Liberties Neighbors Association at Liberty Lands Park (3rd & Poplar Streets). $5 donation is suggested.

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. join University City District and University City Green at Clark Park (43rd & Chester Streets)

• 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. join the Friends of Schuylkill River Park at Markward Recreation Center (Raney and Pine Streets, West of 26th Street)

Sunday, January 6

• 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. join Logan Square Neighbors at the Boy Scouts parking lot at 22nd and Winter Streets

• 1-4 p.m. join the Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary at 22nd and Brown Streets

• 1-4 p.m. join the East Mt. Airy Neighbors at Gabbie’s Garden on Chew Avenue, just below Mt. Airy Avenue

• 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. join Green in Chestnut Hill at Norwood Fontbonne School on Sunset Ave

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John in Philly says:

This is shameful. All Xmas trees should be collected and recycled. I am ashamed of Philadelphia