Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Central Pennsylvania in after Christmas in 2019 and January 2020
In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all
remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other
NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part
of the original tree. This includes tree stands also. Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger
than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to
be acceptable by your
garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific
information and local links.
What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch
which is usually made available, free to city or county residents.
Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.
Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a
Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or
update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
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Central Pennsylvania: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Carlisle, PA - Christmas Tree Drop-off Event - Bourough's Compost
Post Rd Compost Facility, Carlisle, PA 17013. Phone:
(717) 249-4422. Program runs the first 2 full weeks in January, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. People wishing to drop off trees must
provide proof of residency in the borough of Carlisle.
East Donegal Township, PA - Christmas Tree Collection
17547. Phone: (717) 426-3167. Christmas tree curbside collection
by contracted hauler on January, 14 2012. This is for residents
of East Donegal Township only. Residents may also make an
appointment to drop off their Christmas tree at the Mount Joy
Borough Compost Site by calling (717) 653-2300.
- Christmas Tree Recycling, Free curbside Christmas tree pickup. The
Borough of Ephrata provides free curbside pick up of Borough
resident's Christmas trees. Simply place your tree(s) curbside
the same day as your recycling during the weeks of January 7,
2019 and January 21, 2019 and the Borough's hauler will pick it
up. Missed Dates If you miss these scheduled collection dates
you may purchase a $4 oversized tag at the Borough Business
Office. Put the tag on your tree and place it curbside the same
day as your recycling for pick up. Prep Tree - Please prepare
your tree by removing all lights, ornaments, tree stands, and
bags. If you have any questions or need additional information
call 717-738-9222 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Please Note:
Martin Mulch Products, located at 55 Woodcrest Drive, will
accept Christmas trees. For questions concerning fees, hours of
operation, etc. please call them directly at 717-733-1602.
- Elizabethtown Borough, PA - Christmas
Tree Collection Program
Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Phone: (717)
367-1700. Christmas trees will be collected curbside by a
contracted hauler on one day in January only. Call for this
year's date. This is only for
residents of Elizabethtown borough.
- Harrisburg, PA -
Curbside Recycling Program
Harrisburg, PA 17104. Phone: (717)
236-4802. Christmas trees will be picked up on trash days during
the first two weeks of January. Residents are asked not to put
trees out until it is their trash pick-up day. For residents of
- The City will collect Christmas
trees at curbside collection during the first 2 full weeks of
January. Residents should place trees at curbside on their
regularly scheduled collection day where they set out trash and
recyclable materials. To be collected for recycling into mulch, trees must be free of all decorations including ornaments, lights, tinsel, and stands. Please contact the Solid Waste
Hotline at 291-4744 with questions. Residents should place trees
at curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day where
they set out trash and recyclable materials. To be collected for
recycling into mulch, trees must be free of all decorations
including ornaments, lights, tinsel, and stands. 2019 Collection
Lancaster Landfill and SECCRA Landfill
- Residents of the following townships may drop off their
Christmas trees (free of decorations) at these two landfills:
Avondale Borough; Caln Township, Downingtown; East Pikeland,
Kennett Square Borough, Phoenixville Borough, Schuylkill, South
Coatesville (CCCRA), Spring City; Tredyffrin, Valley Township,
West Nottingham, West Caln Township, Wallace Township, West
Goshen Township, West Bradford, West Brandywine (Vollmecke
Orchard), West Chester Borough
Route 322W, Honey Brook, PA
7224 Division Highway
PA 17555 610-273-3771
219 Street Rd.
West Grove, PA 610-869-2452
- Lancaster County, PA -
Lancaster County Central Park - Parking lot behind park office on Chesapeake Street, Lancaster PA. Phone: (717) 299-8215. Christmas Trees - $1 per tree donation is requested to support park programs. Mulch is available to the public beginning January 2. December 26 to Jan 15 from Dawn to Dusk
Martin Mulch Products - 55 Woodcrest Drive, Ephrata PA. Phone: (717) 733-1602. Christmas Trees - $2 per tree
Woody Material (Tree Trimmings, Brush, Shrubs), Yard Waste (Leaves, Grass Clippings, Garden Residue, Sod) . Open: Monday to Saturday, Dawn to Dusk.
Zeager Brothers - 4000 E. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown PA. Phone: (717) 944-7481. Christmas Trees - No charge, Pallets (Wood), Woody Waste (Trees & Trimmings, Brush), Yard Waste (Leaves, Garden Residue). Open: Monday to Friday 6 am to 5 pm Check in at office first.
Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) has assembled
a list of Recycling Drop-Off Centers
in Lancaster County as a guideline to individuals interested in recycling materials.
- Recycle Your Christmas Tree for FREE. Any Lebanon County resident is
eligible for the FREE Christmas Tree Recycling Program. A
GLRA License is NOT required. Please provide the Christmas
tree only, no decorations. Trees must be under the 10 foot
maximum height or cut in half. There is no cost for
recycling. December 26, 2018 through February 16 bring your
tree to the GLRA Recycling Center at 1610 Russel Road. Tree
must be free of all decorations and paint! We're open Monday
thru Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM to 11:45
- Lower Allen Township, PA - Curbside Recycling
Camp Hill, PA 17011. Phone: (717) 975-7575. Please call for Christmas tree collection information. For
residents of Lower Allen Township only.
- Mechanicsburg, PA - Christmas Tree Recycling
842 W Church Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Phone: (717) 691-3310. This is a 24-hour drop-off site.
Mount Joy Borough, PA - Compost Site
S Jacob St., Mt. Joy, PA 17552. Phone: (717) 653-2300. For
residents of East Donegal Township, Mount Joy Borough only. Drop
off trees the first weekend of the month between dawn and dusk.
Palmyra, PA - Curbside Collection Program
Palmyra, PA 17078.
Phone: (717) 838-6361. Christmas trees will be collected
on trash days during the month of January. This is for
Palmyra residents only.
Township, PA - Christmas Tree Drop-Off Program
971 N Colebrook
Rd, Manheim, PA 17545. Phone: (717) 665-3827. For residents of
Rapho Township only. Drop off trees between dawn until dusk, December 26 to January 31.
Red Lion, PA
- January 2 through January 18, 2019. Place your Christmas tree at
your usual trash pickup site Monday through Friday, and
the Red Lion Borough Public Works Department will pick it up.
Please remove all decorations and bags!
- Rye Township, PA - Recycling Drop-Off
1775 New Valley Rd, Marysville, PA 17053. Phone: (717)
957-2438. For residents of Rye Township only. This is a 24-hour
Springfield Township - Wyndmoor, PA
Tree Collection - Township crews normally begin collecting
Christmas Trees during the first week of January. Please place
your tree at the curbside on your regular collection day. Please
do not "wrap" your tree in plastic as it will be chipped into
useful mulch and made available to Township residents at no
charge at our property on West Wissahickon Avenue. Please call
the Township Building for the availability of leaf mulch and
Christmas tree mulch as supplies vary throughout the
- York, PA - York City staff perform special
curbside Christmas Tree collections generally during the first
two weeks of January each year. Please remove all foreign
objects (plastic bags, lights, ornaments). Place tree at your
designated collection point prior to 6 am on your collection
day during this period of time. After the first two weeks in
January, the curbside hauler will collect any remaining
Christmas trees as regular trash. Each tree replaces a bag/can
of trash in the normal bag limit. Questions? Please contact York
City, Public Works Department at 849-2245. There is also a York
County Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off Site - Solid Waste
Flour Mill Rd, York, PA 17406. Phone:
(717) 845-1066. This program runs from December 26 to January 31. For residents of York County only. This is a
24-hour drop-off site.
County, PA - Recycle your Christmas Tree at
the Parking Lot Directly Across from the Resource Recovery
Center: Christmas trees are accepted Monday through Friday from
8 AM to 4 PM and Saturdays 8 AM to noon from December 26 through
January 31. There is no fee to York County residents. Residents
should follow the signs along Blackbridge Road directing them to
the parking lot across from the Resource Recovery Center at 2651
Blackbridge Road. Please remove lights, ornaments, tinsel and
protective bags from your tree before delivery. Trees collected
are shipped off site to an end user. Other Christmas Tree
Recycling Options: Many municipalities now offer Christmas tree
collection for their residents as part of the curbside recycling
program. Contact your municipality to find out if they offer
- West Donegal Township, PA - Christmas Tree Collection
Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Phone:
(717) 367-7178. Curbside Christmas tree collection by a
contracted hauler on January 10th. This is for residents of
West Donegal Township.