Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Pennsylvania in January 2017
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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Pennsylvania: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
- Philadelphia, PA - the City of Philadelphia Streets
Department will be offering Christmas tree recycling. Christmas
trees present a significant seasonal addition to our City's waste
stream. By recycling your tree and returning it to the earth, you
can help reduce the number of discarded trees that end up in
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Here's how you can do your part to renew the earth by recycling
Make sure your tree is free of all decorations
sure your tree is not in a plastic bag and is untied
Drop your tree off at one of our three
Sanitation Convenience Centers:
3033 South 63rd Street
Domino Lane & Umbria Street
State Road & Ashburner Street
residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program will run from Monday,
January 3 through Saturday, January 14 (closed on Sunday, January 8)
between 8 am and 6:00 pm.
Remember, there will be no curbside
collection of Christmas trees for recycling purposes. Trees left at
the curb will be treated as trash, which means they will not be
Allentown, PA - Christmas Trees and yard waste are
collected by the Bureaus of Streets and Recycling & Solid Waste on
the weeks of January 5th and 19th, 2014 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
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
Exeter Twp. Trout Run Exeter Pa 19606
Kutztown Borough Railroad St. Kutztown Pa 19530
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.
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. Yep, that's
what it says on their website, just "announcements will be made"...
not how, where or when the announcementgs will be made. So,
you've got to click the link and keep checking their website. That's
them thar rocket scientists at the govmint for ya!
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.
Red Hill, PA - 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. Other dumping will be subject to
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 Saturday, January 14, 2017. 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) through January
15th. 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. Remember -
mulching your tree saves valuable landfill space and takes advantage
of a natural, renewable resource!
Carlisle, PA - Christmas Tree Drop-off Event - Bourough's Compost
Post Rd Compost Facility, Carlisle, PA 17013. Phone:
(717) 249-4422. Program runs January 3 - January 17, 2012,
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.
Ephrata, PA - 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 4, 2016 and January 18,
2016 and the Borough's hauler will pick it up. 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.
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 January 7, 2012 only. 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
Lancaster, PA - 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.
- Lancaster County,
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.
Lebanon, PA - 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. The program
runs from Saturday, December 26, 2015 through Saturday,
February 20, 2016. Hours to drop off are: Monday through
Friday, 7 am to 3:50 pm and Saturday, 8 am to 11:45 am.
Please check the calendar on our homepage for the New Year's
Schedule for Holiday Hours/Closings!
- 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.
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 - Christmas tree collection will be
held from January 4 through January 22, 2016. 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 - Christmas
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.
- 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.
- Christmas Tree Recycling
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Starting on December 27th, please help us keep your Christmas trees
off the curb and out of the landfill! In the spirit of giving and
sharing, residents can drop-off their unwanted Christmas trees at
any of our participating drop-offs, free of charge. In addition to
the year-round yard debris drop-offs, Environmental Services will
also be providing an additional Christmas Tree drop-off in the Strip
District for your convenience. Your trees will be shredded and can
be used as mulch in and around the City. This program will run
through the end of January. Be sure to remove all unaccepted
items before drop-off: Ornaments, Lights, Stands, Plastic Bags,
Netting. Take Your Tree to one of the following City DropOff
Locations to have it composted:
Strip District Drop-Off
(Seasonal) 412-255-2631: 3001 Railroad St (close to 30th and
Railroad), Pittsburgh, PA 15201; Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m.
These locations are year-round, Monday through
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. :
2nd Division P.W. (East End) - on North Dallas Ave at
Hamilton Ave: 412-665-3609
3rd Division P.W. (Hazelwood) - on
Melanchton Ave., off 5200 block of 2nd Ave: 412-422-6524
Division P.W. (West End) - at 1330 Hassler St., off of Hershel &
Steuben (next to Herschel Park): 412-937-3054.
set out at the curb will be sent to the landfill. Contact the
Recycling Division for more information 4122552631. For more information about all sorts of recycling,
see their website.
- Again Offering Christmas Tree Recycling Program.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
The Allegheny County Department of Parks is again
offering its Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program this holiday
season. Residents of the county can drop off their Christmas trees
beginning on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Saturday, January
19, 2013 at all nine regional parks during regular hours of
operation (dawn to dusk). All lights, decorations, tinsel and
stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. The trees will
be mulched and used in Allegheny County's nine regional parks. Trees may be dropped off from dawn to dusk at the following
locations in each of the nine county parks:
Boyce Park -
Parking lot by the wave pool
Deer Lakes - Parking lot by
Harrison Hills - Parking lot at the
intersection of Chipmunk & Cottontail Drive
Hartwood Acres -
Parking lot at the mansion
North Park - Parking lot at the
Round Hill - Parking lot between Meadow &
Settler's Cabin - Parking lot by the wave
South Park - Parking lot at the swimming pool
White Oak - Parking lot by Poplar Shelter
Indiana County, PA - Christmas Tree Drop Off Recycling.
Following each Holiday season, the
Indiana County Solid Waste
Authority accepts live Christmas Trees during its Christmas Tree
Drop Off Recycling Collection. The collection typically runs
from December 24th until mid February. All tinsel, decorations,
wires, hooks, and bags MUST be removed from the trees prior to
dropping them off at the Recycling Center. This is a drop off
collection ONLY! No trees will be picked up at the curbside. All
trees dropped off at the Recycling Center are chipped and the
material is donated for use in Indiana County Parks. Many
municipalities offer tree collection programs. Please contact
your municipal office to find out if they offer a similar
Mt. Lebanon, PA - Christmas trees will be picked up
at curbside for recycling by our contractor on Saturday in early
January (Usually the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays in January. All areas
of Mt. Lebanon will be picked up on those dates. Please have
your tree at the curb the night before either collection date.
The contractor has been instructed to leave any trees that are
in plastic bags, so please make sure that your tree is not in a
bag and does NOT have any decorations or lights on it, including
tinsel. These trees will be recycled into wood chips and any
foreign material on the tree could potentially damage the
equipment. After January 17, trees may be placed at curbside for
regular trash pickup. If you wish, you may drop your tree off at
the Public Works facility yourself for recycling during this
period. An area will be designated with a sign for this purpose.
Washington County, PA - Washington County is again
offering Christmas Tree Recycling at Mingo Creek Park and Cross
Creek Park. Designated drop sites will be marked with signage.
The drop off sites will be open starting January 2 through
January 25 from 8 am to 3:00 pm. Trees must be clean of
ornaments and tinsel. Please see the
2016 Christmas Tree Recycling Flyer for more information.
Where: Mingo Park, Shelter 1 Parking Lot, Cross Creek Park
Boat Trailer Parking Lot. Trees Must be Clean of Ornaments &
Tinsel. Mingo Creek Park is 12 miles east of Washington. Cross
Creek Park is located off Route 50 near Rea. For additional
Information or Directions, please contact the Washington County
Planning Commission at: 724-228-6811
Westmoreland County, PA - You can take your tree to
one of many drop-off sites located throughout Westmoreland
County. The trees will either be chipped into mulch by the
municipalities and used to beautify community parks, or placed
in natural areas to provide wildlife habitat. Trees must be
completely bare of decorations when dropped off. This includes
any tree bags or wrappings used to transport the tree to the
drop-off site. For more info, call Westmoreland Cleanways and
Recycling 724-879-4020. There is
no cost to recycle your Christmas tree at these locations,
but some organizations hosting tree recycling sites collect
donations to fund their own projects such as:
- Boy Scout
Troup 239 collecting trees at Shramms Farm and Orchards in Penn
- The Burrell High School Environmental Club
collecting trees at the Lower Burrell Maintenance Building
The Murrysville-Export Rotary collecting trees at the lot
adjacent to the Windstream parking lot in Murrysville