City of Pittsburgh Expands Christmas Tree Recycling Program

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 23, 2019)  The City of Pittsburgh is again expanding its Christmas Tree Recycling program this year by providing twelve drop-off locations for live trees from December 26 to January 26. 

The program empowers residents to have their trees recycled rather than sent to a landfill, which happens when they are placed at the curb.  

Last year, the city hosted ten drop-off sites and collected more than 21 tons of trees. This year, the Forestry Division and Bureau of Environmental Services within the Department of Public Works will collaborate to host twelve drop-off sites. The trees collected this winter will again be chipped into pine mulch and made available to the public for free this spring.  

The tree recycling program dovetails with the city’s Climate Action Plan, which defines milestones toward zero waste goals. 

The city’s Cable Channel created a brief public service announcement to remind residents that all ornaments, netting, tinsel and tree stands must be removed before the tree is dropped off: 

Residents may call 311 or visit the website here for more information. The website features a map to help residents find their most convenient drop-off location.  
Three Department of Public Works sites are available year-round for yard debris (including tree) drop-off, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are:  

3rd Division of Public Works   
Melanchton Avenue off 5200 block of 2nd Avenue   

Homewood West   
2nd Division of Public Works   
North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue   

5th Division of Public Works   
1330 Hassler Street off Herschel & Steuben streets (near Herschel Park)  
The nine other drop-off locations will be open 24 hours a day from December 26, 2019-January 26, 2020. They are:  
Baum Grove Parklet  
400 Roup Avenue (off Fairmont Avenue)  
Pittsburgh, PA 15232  
Sue Murray Swimming Pool Parking Lot 
Corner of Cedar and Stockton Avenues (enter off Stockton)  
Pittsburgh, PA 15212  
Brookline Recreation Center  
1400 Oakridge Street  
Pittsburgh, PA 15226  
Brighton Heights  
Jack Stack Parking Lot  
600 Brighton Woods Road 
Pittsburgh, PA 15212  
Squirrel Hill South  
Prospect Drive Roundabout in Schenley Park  
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  
Highland Park 
Highland Park Volleyball Court Parking Lot (approximately 151 Lake Drive)  
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 

Oakwood Park Ball Field at Noblestown Road  
Pittsburgh, PA 15205  
Southside Riverfront Park Lower Parking Lot  
Pittsburgh, PA 15203  
Middle Hill/ Terrace Village  
Kennard Park at Kirkpatrick and Reed Street  
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 



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Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor's Office