• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Treecycling starts this weekend

If your holiday greens have turned crispy and it's time to un-deck the halls, don't just toss out your Christmas tree on trash day. Starting this weekend there are opportunities to recycle your tree instead.

The city's Sanitation Convenience Centers will accept undecorated trees for recycling from January 7-19 (8am-6pm, Monday-Saturday). But if that’s not so convenient for you, different neighborhood associations and Greenlimbs are hosting lots of treecycling events across the city this weekend. Undecorated trees collected at these events will be mulched and chipped for use in the city’s parks, gardens, and recreation fields. For each one there is a suggested donation of $3 per wreath/garland and $5 per tree to help offset costs. Here’s the list of this weekend’s treecycling sites:

Saturday, January 5th

  • Weccacoe Playground, Queen Village, 400 Block of Catherine Street, 9am-12pm
  • Palmer Dog Depot, Fishtown/East Kensington, E. Palmer and Blair streets, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Columbus Square, Central South Philly, 13th and Reed streets, 10am -4pm
  • Liberty Lands Park, Northern Liberties, 3rd and Poplar streets, 10am-4pm
  • Clark Park, University City, 43rd Street and Chester Avenue, 10am-4pm [$10 donation]
  • Markward Rec Center, Rittenhouse/Fitler, Taney and Pine streets, 10am-4pm
  • South Street Whole Foods, Bella Vista, 929 South Street, 10am-4pm
  • Sartain Garden, Washington Square West, Sartain and Locust streets, 10am-1pm
  • Marconi Plaza, Broad and Oregon, 1-4pm

Sunday January 6th

  • 22nd and Winter, Logan Square, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • 22nd and Brown, Fairmount, 1-4pm
  • Norwood Fontbonne School, Chestnut Hill, Sunset Ave, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Gabbie’s Garden, Chew Avenue, 1-4pm
Can’t make it to one of this weekend's treecycling events? You can still drop your tree off for recycling between Monday, January 7 and Saturday, January 19, from 8am-6pm (Monday thru Saturday) at the following Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers:
  • Southwest: 3033 South 63rd Street
  • Northwest: Domino Lane & Umbria Street
  • Northeast: State Road & Ashburner Street.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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