Unless you're planning on lugging your Christmas tree out back and chopping it up for the fireplace, you're likely dumping it on the curb, leaving that 50-pound Fraser fir for the trash collection.
But there's a better way.
You can drop off your tree at several locations throughout the city on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, for eventual recycling.
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Or, if you have a car, take it to one of six tree recycling centers around Philadelphia. Instead of withering away in a landfill, the tree can become mulch for gardens or provide nutrients for other plants.
Just don't forget to remove all your ornaments and lights first.
The sixStreets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers: 3901 Delaware Ave.; 5100 Grays Ave.; 2601 W. Glenwood Ave.; 3033 S. 63rd St.; Domino Lane and Umbria Street; and State Road and Ashburner Street.
Drop off at these locations runs until Jan. 14. Locations are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Additional drop-off sites for eventual recycling have also been added around the city. They are open on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, from 9 a.m.. to 3 p.m.:
–66th & Haverford Ave.
–54th & Woodbine Ave.
–43rd & Powelton Ave.
–72nd & Buist Ave.
–Broad & Christian St.
–20th & Hartranft St.
–15th & Bigler St.
–Corinthian & Poplar St.
–American & Thompson St.
–Graver Lane & Seminole
–Cathedral & Ridge Ave.
–Washington Ln. & Ardleigh
–Upsal & Lowber St.
–Fisher & Ogontz Ave.
–5th & Chelten Ave. (water reservoir)
–Castor & Foulkrod St.
–1400 Cottman (Pennway & Cottman Ave. – Jardel Rec.)
–2901 Princeton Ave. (Mayfair Rec.)
–7901 Ridgeway St. (Fox Chase Rec.)
–8101 Bustleton Ave.
–2900 Comly Rd. – Palmer Playground
–7231 Torresdale Ave. – Russo Park
–Wayne Ave. & Logan St.
Additional locations are available this weekend, organized by civic associations and neighborhoods.For information on those, including hours and donations, visit www.philadelphiastreets.com/holiday.