My favorite part of the holiday season has always been picking out the tallest, fullest, grandest Christmas tree and squishing it into my South Philly row home to live with us for a month. Everything about it has that special magic: the lights, that piney smell, the promise of gifts underneath, plus an excuse to pack my house with another unnecessary plant (something of a special talent of mine). Lately, however, I've been feeling guilty about the Christmas tree. These are beautiful trees, who spend their whole lives growing into their beautiful selves just to be chopped and eventually sent to a landfill. And landfills, unfortunately, are not very magical.
Thankfully, Philadelphia offers a FREE tree recycling program! This Saturday, January 16, is the last day for it, so if you're like me and can't let go of your tree until the last possible moment then now is that moment. So don't end the holiday season feeling guilty, and drop your tree off to be recycled!
See the chart below for the drop-off locations provided on the website: http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/holiday/2016-christmas-tree-recycling-program
Please drop-off your tree at any of these 23 locations from 9am to 3pm [on Saturday, January 16th, 2016]:
CHRISTMAS TREE DROP – OFF LOCATIONS
66th & Haverford Ave.
American & Thompson St.
1400 Cottman - Pennway & Cottman Ave. (Jardel Rec.)
54th & Woodbine Ave.
Graver Lane & Seminole
2901 Princeton Ave. (Mayfair Rec.)
43rd & Powelton Ave.
Cathedral & Ridge Ave.
7901 Ridgeway St. (Fox Chase Rec.)
72nd & Buist Ave.
Washington Ln. & Ardleigh
8101 Bustleton Ave.
Broad & Christian St.
Upsal & Lowber St.
2900 Comly Rd. – Palmer Playground
20th & Hartranft St.
Fisher & Ogontz Ave.
7231 Torresdale Ave. – Russo Park
15th & Bigler St.
5th & Chelten Ave. (water reservoir)
Intersection of Wayne Ave & Logan St.
Corinthian & Poplar St.
Castor & Foulkrod St.