Disposing and Recycling Christmas Trees in Pennsylvania in 2015

Be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other NON-Organic decorative materials. This includes tree stands also.

Eastern Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia - 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 landfills. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
    Here's how you can do your part to renew the earth by recycling your tree:
    Make sure your tree is free of all decorations
    Make 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
    The residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program will run from Monday, January 3 through Saturday, January 14 (closed on Sunday, January 8) between 8:00 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 recycled.

Western Pennsylvania

  • Pittsburgh area Christmas Tree Recycling Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
    City of Pittsburgh Christmas Tree Recycling Program - Take Your Tree to one of the Following City Drop-Off Locations to have it Composted:
    January 3 to 31, 2012 Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Trees must have all ornaments, lights and stands removed. Absolutely no trees in plastic bags or netting will be accepted.
    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
    5th Division P.W. (West End) – at 1330 Hassler St., off of Hershel & Steuben (next to Herschel Park): 412-937-3054
    Environmental Services Lot (Strip District) – at 3001 Railroad Street (next to Old City Tow Pound Location): 412-255-2773
    Christmas trees that are set out at the curb for collection will be collected by the refuse crews as regular refuse.
    Contact the Recycling Division for more information. 412-255-2631. For more information about all sorts of recycling, see their website.
  • Allegheny County 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 Veterans Shelter
    Harrison Hills – Parking lot at the intersection of Chipmunk & Cottontail Drive
    Hartwood Acres – Parking lot at the mansion
    North Park – Parking lot at the swimming pool
    Round Hill – Parking lot between Meadow & Alfalfa Shelters
    Settler’s Cabin – Parking lot by the wave pool
    South Park – Parking lot at the swimming pool
    White Oak – Parking lot by Poplar Shelter

Central Pennsylvania

  • Carlisle Christmas Tree Drop-off Event - Bourough's Compost Facility
    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 Christmas Tree Collection
    Marrietta, PA 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.
  • Elizabethtown Borough 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 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 Harrisburg only.
  • 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 - 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 - 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.
  • Lower Allen Township Curbside Recycling Program
    Camp Hill, PA 17011. Phone: (717) 975-7575. Please call for Christmas tree collection information. For residents of Lower Allen Township only.Mechanicsburg Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Event
    842 W Church Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Phone: (717) 691-3310. This is a 24-hour drop-off site.
  • Mount Joy Borough Compost Site
    159 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 Curbside Collection Program
    Palmyra, PA 17078. Phone: (717) 838-6361. Christmas trees will be collected on trash days during the month of January, 2012. This is for Palmyra residents only.
  • Rapho Township 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, 2011 – January 31, 2012.
  • Rye Township Recycling Drop-Off Site
    1775 New Valley Rd, Marysville, PA 17053. Phone: (717) 957-2438. For residents of Rye Township only. This is a 24-hour drop-off site.
  • York County Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off Site - Solid Waste Authority Facility
    Flour Mill Rd, York, PA 17406. Phone: (717) 845-1066. This program runs from December 26, 2011 – January 31, 2012. For residents of York County only. This is a 24-hour drop-off site.
  • West Donegal Township Christmas Tree Collection
    Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Phone: (717) 367-7178. Curbside Christmas tree collection by a contracted hauler on January 10, 2012. This is for residents of West Donegal Township.