How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Eastern Pennsylvania in after Christmas in January 2020

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

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 chimney fire.

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 Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Eastern Pennsylvania: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

Eastern Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia, PA -Christmas Tree Recycling Program
    The program will run for two weeks from Monday, January 6, 2020 through Saturday, January 18, 2020. Residents may drop off their trees for recycling starting Monday, January 6th at any of the following Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm:
    3901 N Delaware Avenue
    2601 West Glenwood Avenue
    3033 South 63rd Street
    Domino Lane and Umbria Street
    State Road and Ashburner Street
    5100 Grays Avenue
    Saturday drop-off locations
    The Streets Department is pleased to announce there will also be Christmas tree drop off sites located throughout the city at 13 designated locations only on Saturday, January 11 and Saturday, January 18 from 9am to 3pm.  To find the location nearest to you, CLICK HERE. Christmas trees brought to these sites should be free of all decorations and ornaments, and untied.  Please remember to remove metal bases, lights and ornaments before dropping off your tree. These types of materials get tangled in the machine and put our reclycing workers in danger.
    There will be no curbside collection of Christmas trees for recycling purposes. 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.As always, the program is for citizens who receive City collected trash and recycling services
  • Allentown, PA - Christmas Trees and yard waste are collected by the Bureaus of Streets and Recycling & Solid Waste on the weeks of January 5, 2020, and January 20, 2020 on your recycling night. NO plastic bags, decorations or tree stands. Take trees and other yard waste to the Main Yard Waste Site. Click here or call the Hotline 610-437-8729 for schedule.
  • Berks County, PA - Christmas tree recycling drop off locations:
    Berks Leisure Area,  1901 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, PA 19601. Click here for a list of local municipalities drop off locations .
    City of Reading City Park - 11th & Washington Reading Pa 610-655-6236.
    Exeter Twp. Trout Run Exeter Pa 19606 610-779-5950.
    Kutztown Borough Railroad St. Kutztown Pa 19530 610-683-6131.
    Muhlenberg Township 61 & Reading Crest Blvd. Reading Pa 19605 610-929-4727.
    South Heidelberg Township Point Rd. Wernersville Pa 610-678-9652.
  • Cheltenham, PA - Christmas Tree collections are scheduled for East of Old York Road and West of Old York Road for mid January.  They wait until the very last minute to update their website, so follow the link to see the current dates. Remove all decorations from the tree before placing it at the curb. Cheltenham Township Public Works crews will collect residents' used Christmas trees on two days in January. Residents must remove all decorations before placing the trees at the curb. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 215-635-4600.Crews will collect trees placed at the curb from residences:
    Unfortunately, they rarely update their dates on their website (as of December 30th, there was sSTILL no new info for this year... so you'll have to call them  215-635-4600. - and ask them why you they are so utterly clueless about updating their website!)
    WEST of Old York Road on certain Fridays,
    EAST of Old York Road on certain Fridays,
  • Doylestown, PA - Christmas Tree Recycling Announcements will be made each year when residents may drop off their Christmas trees (free of all ornaments, garland tinsel and nails) at the Borough Public Works yard for shredding and recycling.  Trees may be dropped off until mid January (see the Doylestown website for exact date) and the location is open 24 hours per day 7 days per week.The Borough is now accepting resident's cut Christmas trees at the designated drop-off location at the Public Works Facility, 300 Harvey Avenue. The cut trees should be free from tinsel, plastic, or ornaments before being placed in the bin, which is located outside the gate of Public Works at the northern terminus of Harvey Avenue.
  • Reading City Park - Drop off your Christmas trees, stripped of decorations at 11th & Washington Reading Pa. For more information, call  610-655-6236.
  • Exeter Twp.  - Drop off your Christmas trees, stripped of decorations at Trout Run Exeter Pa 19606. For more information, call  610-779-5950.
  • Kutztown Borough  - Drop off your Christmas trees, stripped of decorations at Railroad St. Kutztown Pa 19530. For more information, call  610-683-6131.
  • Lower Merion, PA - The Township will begin the collection of trees (which must be placed curbside) during the first two weeks in January on the regular refuse collection day. Because the first week of January is a holiday collection week due to the observance of New Years Day, tree collection will be the same as the holiday collection day. Residents may also dispose of Christmas trees at the Public Works Complex located at 1300 N Woodbine Avenue in Penn Valley. All ornaments, stands and other decorations must be removed. If you need additional information, please contact: Public Works Department Office, Township of Lower Merion, 610-645-6150.
  • Muhlenberg Township  - Drop off your Christmas trees, stripped of decorations at 61 & Reading Crest Blvd. Reading Pa 19605. For more information, call  610-929-4727.
  • Red Hill, PA - CHRISTMAS TREES RED HILL RESIDENTS ONLY (you may be asked to show proof of residency) May bring Christmas Trees to the borough from December 26th thru January 21s). Area to leave trees is marked and is located next to the mulch pile. Other dumping will be subject to $1,000 fine. The Borough maintains an area adjacent to the Borough Maintenance Building where Christmas trees can be dumped during certain days in January. These dates will be posted in December on the Borough home page.
  • Souderton, PA - Christmas Tree Curb Collection/ S.A.V.E Christmas Tree Recycling Event.  The Borough will collect Christmas Trees curbside during the first week of January, starting on the 2nd of January. Pick ups will end on January 31. Kindly remove all decorations and place the tree out front of the property for pickup.Christmas tree.
  • South Heidelberg Township  - Drop off your Christmas trees, stripped of decorations at Point Rd. Wernersville Pa. For more information, call  610-678-9652.
  • West Chester, PA - Christmas tree collection occurs the first 2 weeks following New Year's Day. Please remove all lights and decorations from your tree and place it out at your trash & recycling collection point. Trees placed out in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • West Goshen, PA - Township homeowners can place their trees at the curb for removal on the second Saturday in January. For those living in apartments or residents wishing to dispose of their trees earlier, West Goshen will continue its tradition of accepting Christmas trees to be mulched. Please have trees at curbside the night before, as the contractor starts collections early on Saturday morning.  Township homeowners can place their trees at the curb for removal on Saturday, January 11, 2020. For those living in apartments or residents wishing to dispose of their trees earlier, West Goshen will continue its tradition of accepting Christmas trees to be mulched. Township residents may bring Christmas trees to the West Goshen Community Park at the lower end of the main parking lot (next to Fern Hill Road) from December 26 through Saturday, January 11, 2020.  No other trash or yard waste will be accepted at this special collection. Do not leave trees in plastic bags. Make sure all decorations, wire, tinsel, and stands are removed. Wreaths will not be accepted. This service is for Township residents only. Anyone illegally dumping additional trees will be prosecuted. Community Park is located at the corner of North Five Points Road and Fernhill Road.Township residents may bring Christmas trees to the West Goshen Community Park at the lower end of the main parking lot (next to Fern Hill Road) through the second Saturday in January