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Give your Christmas tree a new life when you recycle it in Allegheny County

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA

It’s not goodbye fir-ever to your Christmas tree when it’s recycled in Allegheny County. Every year, thousands of trees get a new purpose after being shredded into mulch through city and county programs.

According to the City of Pittsburgh, 38 tons of trees became pine mulch for residents’ gardens and other landscaping projects last year. Countywide, nearly 3,300 trees were recycled and used throughout the park system over the same time period.

Don’t forget to take off all lights and tinsel before dropping off your tree.

Drop-off locations within the city of Pittsburgh:

  • Division 1 - Riverview Park - 300 Kilbuck Road
  • Division 2 - Homewood West - N. Dallas Avenue and Hamilton Avenue
  • Division 3 - Hazelwood - Melanchton Avenue off of the 5200 block of 2nd Avenue
  • Division 5 - Elliott - 1330 Hassler Street off of Herschel and Steuben streets
  • Highland Park - 7370 Baker Street (the “Zoo Lay Down Area”)

City of Pittsburgh locations are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Jan. 26, 2022. Highland Park is open from dawn to dusk.

Drop-off locations in Allegheny County:

  • Boyce Park — Soccer Fields Parking Lot
  • Deer Lakes Park — Veterans Shelter Parking Lot
  • Harrison Hills Park — Parking Lot at Chipmunk Drive and Cottontail Drive
  • Hartwood Acres Park — Middle Road Parking Lot
  • North Park — Swimming Pool Parking Lot
  • Round Hill Park — Alfalfa Shelter Parking Lot
  • Settlers Cabin Park — Wave Pool Parking Lot
  • South Park — Wave Pool Parking Lot
  • White Oak Park — Chestnut Shelter Parking Lot

Allegheny County locations are open each day from 8 a.m. until dusk through Jan. 14, 2022.

Corrected: December 29, 2021 at 11:10 AM EST
Updated to correct city drop-off locations.
Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.