Don't Kick That Tree to the Curb, Recycle It

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Christmas trees left on the curb for trash pick-up end up in landfills. Recycling your tree is another option that helps community gardens and parks. Check out some local sites accepting trees this weekend. (Published Saturday, Jan 4, 2014)

    Ready to drag the dried-out Christmas tree to the curb? Before you leave the pine out for trash pick-up, consider dropping it off for recycling at a designated site Saturday and Sunday.

    Volunteers organized "Treecycling" locations throughout the city so you can have your Christmas leftover ground into wood chips and used as mulch at community gardens and parks.

    In Philadelphia, any tree left at the curb will end up in a landfill or incineration, causing air and water pollution and contributing to global warming, according to environmentalists.

    In New Castle County, Delaware there are several facilities accepting trees for recycling through Jan. 25. Polly Drummond Hill Community Yard Waste Demonstration Site, Copeland's Mulch Depot, Holland Mulch and Wilmington Organic Recycling Center will all accept the discarded trees.

    Here are a list of the locations in Philadelphia:

    Saturday

    Kensington/Fishtown - Palmer Dog Depot, East Palmer Street - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

    South Philadelphia - 13th & Reed streets - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Northern Liberties - Liberty Lands Park, North 3rd Street - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    West Philadelphia - Clark Park, Baltimore Avenue - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Center City West - Markward Recreation Center, South Taney Street - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Sunday

    Logan Square - parking lot of former Boy Scouts building, Winter Street - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Fairmount/Art Museum - 22nd and Brown streets, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Chestnut Hill - Norwood Fontbonne Academy, Germantown Avenue - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Mount Airy - Gabby's Community Garden, Chew Avenue - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    East Falls - Ridge Avenue and Scotts Lane - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.