Christmas tree recycling underway in Philadelphia

With the holidays officially behind us, the wreaths, bright lights and Christmas trees are coming down one by one.

Residents can leave their trees on the curb to be picked up as trash, or they can drop them off at one of three drop-off centers throughout the city by Jan. 14 to be recycled.

Northwest Philadelphia residents can bring their trees to the center at Domino Lane and Umbria Street in Roxborough. The center is open from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Other drop-off locations are: 3033 S. 63rd St. in South Philadelphia and State Road and Ashburner Street in Northeast Philadelphia.

Trees brought to the sites should be untied and free of all decorations. They should not be brought to the site in plastic bags.

East Mt. Airy Neighbors is also providing a Christmas “Tree-Cycling” service on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Gabbie’s Community Garden at Chew Avenue and Mt. Airy Avenue.  A $5 donation is requested.

The recycled trees will eventually be converted into mulch. By recycling Christmas trees, the city is helping to reduce the number of discarded trees that end up in landfills. For more information, call 215-686-5560 or log on to www.philadelphiastreets.com.

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