Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Western Pennsylvania after Christmas
in January 2021
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!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
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Western Pennsylvania: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2021
- Christmas Tree Recycling
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 near the end of January (January 26, 2021). Be sure to remove all unaccepted
items before drop-off: Ornaments, Lights, Stands, Plastic Bags,
Take Your Tree to one of the following City Drop-Off
Locations to have it composted: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 1 pm
NORTHERN DIVISION 1ST DIVISION OF PUBLIC WORKS 300 Kilbuck Road 412-323-7209
HOMEWOOD WEST 2ND DIVISION OF PUBLIC WORKS North Dallas
Avenue at Hamilton Ave 412-665-3609
ELLIOTT 5TH DIVISION OF PUBLIC WORKS 1330 Hassler Street, Off Herschel & Steuben (Near Herschel Park)
HAZELWOOD 3RD DIVISION OF PUBLIC WORKS Melanchton Avenue, Off 5200 Block of Second Avcenue 412-422-6524
City Sponsored Drop-off Locations from
December 26th to January 26, 2021:
Highland Park, THE ZOO LAY DOWN AREA 7370 Baker Street Pittsburgh, PA 1520
The Pittsburgh Zoo parking lot entrance, will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., at 7370 Baker St., just off
Please remove all decorations, plastic
bags, and tree stands.
Christmas trees set at the curb will be
sent to the landfill.
Call 311 for more information. For more information about all sorts of recycling,
see their website
Allegheny County, PA
- 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, through Tuesday in mid January
(see their website for the exact date) from 8 a.m. to dusk 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 soccer fields, near the intersection of Pierson Run Road and Centerview Drive in Plum.
Deer Lakes Park Parking lot by the
Veterans 2 Shelter, 1090 Bailies Run Road in West Deer.
Harrison Hills Park Parking lot at the
intersection of Chipmunk & Cottontail Drive, 5200 Freeport Road, Harrison.
Hartwood Acres Park
Parking lot at the mansion, 200 Hartwood Acres, Indiana Township.
North Park Parking lot at the
swimming pool, 303 Pearce Mill Road, Hampton.
Round Hill Park Parking lot at the Alfalfa Shelter, 651 Round Hill Road, Elizabeth
Settlers Cabin Park Parking lot by the wave pool, 608 Ridge Road, Collier
Parking lot at the wave pool, off of East Park Drive, South Park.
White Oak Park Parking lot at the
Chestnut Shelter, 3 Muse Lane, White Oak.
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 2 Saturdays in mid 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 14, 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 early January through
January 31 from 8 am to 3 pm. Trees must be clean of
ornaments and tinsel. Please see the
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. See the Westmoreland County, PA drop off site locations. 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