City Announces Christmas Tree Recycling Program

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 23, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh announced the opening of five drop-off locations for live trees from December 26, 2020 to January 26, 2021 for its Christmas Tree Recycling program this winter.  

The program empowers residents to drop off their trees to be recycled rather than sent to a landfill, which happens when they are placed at the curb. The trees collected will be chipped into pine mulch and made available to the public for free this spring. 

Last year, the city hosted twelve drop-off sites and collected more than 109 tons of trees.This year, the Department of Public Works' Forestry Division and Bureau of Environmental Services will again collaborate to offer this service at five locations. The reduction in drop-off locations this year is correlated to the city's ability to staff multiple locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The tree recycling program dovetails with the city’s Climate Action Plan 3.0, which defines milestones for keeping materials out of landfills to meet zero waste goals.  

The City Channel Pittsburgh has 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.  

For more information, residents can call 311 or visit the program’s website, which includes a map to help residents locate their nearest drop-off location.  

2020-2021 Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off Locations:   

Hazelwood - 3rd Division of Public Works
Open Year Round  
Location: 40 Melanchton St Pittsburgh, PA 15207  
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
(412) 422-6524  

Homewood North - 2nd Division of Public Works
Open Year Round   
6814 Hamilton Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (North Dallas Ave. at Hamilton Ave.)  
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.  
(412) 665-3609  

Perry North/Observatory Hill - 1st Division of Public Works
Open Year Round  
300 Kilbuck Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15214 
Hours Monday through Friday , 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. 
(412) 323-7209 

West End - 5th Division of Public Works
Open Year Round   
1330 Hassler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Off Herschel St. & Steuben St. near Herschel Park)   
Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
(412) 937-3054 

Highland Park Zoo Lay Down Area
From December 26, 2020  to January 26, 2021 
7370 Baker Street 
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 
Seven days a week, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
(enter zoo parking lot from Baker Street, follow the signs to back of lot) 




Map of 2020-21 drop-off locations is also available on the program's website.


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Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office