• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Treecycle: How to get rid of last year's Christmas tree

Ready to start the New Year fresh? Before you toss out that 2013 Christmas tree, know that the Streets Department does not recycle trees left on the curb. If you want to take a greener route and recycle your tree, there are a few options. Here is a breakdown: 

January 4-5:

More than 20 civic groups and nonprofit organizations have teamed up to host neighborhood-based tree recycling events this weekend. Those interested in recycling their trees can bring wreaths and trees to one of the following collections:

  • Kensington/Fishtown, 1/4, 9:30am - 12:30pm at Palmer Dog Depot
  • Passyunk Square, 1/4, 10am - 4pm at 13th and Reed streets, Weccacoe Playground, and Whole Foods at 10th and South streets
  • Queen Village, 1/4, 10am - 4pm at Weccacoe Playground, 400 block of Catherine
  • Bella Vista , 1/4, 10am - 4pm at Whole Foods at 10th and South streets
  • Northern Liberties, 1/4, 10am - 4pm at Liberty Lands Park
  • West Philadelphia, 1/4, 10am - 4pm at Clark Park (Recycling electronics 9am - 1pm)
  • West Center City, 1/4, 10am - 4pm at Markward Rec. Center
  • Fairmount, 1/4, 1 - 4pm, 22nd and Brown streets
  • Chestnut Hill 1/4, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, 8891 Germantown Ave.
  • Mount Airy, 1/4, 1 - 4pm, Gabbie's Community Garden, Chew Avenue off Mount Pleasant Ave. 
  • East Falls, 1/4, 12 - 4pm, Ridge Avenue and Scotts Lane
  • Logan Square, 1/5, 9:30am - 12:30pm at Boy Scouts parking lot, Spring Street between Van Pelt and 22nd streets

Donations are suggested to help defray the costs. 

January 6-18:

The Department of Parks & Recreation will recycle trees brought to any of three collection centers. The program runs Monday, Jan. 6 through Saturday, Jan. 18, and the centers are open Monday through Saturday 8am - 6pm. The centers are located at:

  • 3033 South 63rd Street
  • Domino Lane and Umbria Street
  • State Road and Ashburner Street

Remember: Trees left on the curb will be considered trash. More information on the city's tree recycling policy can be found on the Streets Department's website


About the author

Christine Fisher, Transportation reporter

From 2012-2014 Christine covered transportation, writing about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments sent her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covered community news for Eyes on the Street, where her work ranged from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. 


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