How to toss your Christmas tree in Allegheny County now that the holiday is over

Do you also wanna be all woke about it?

Keep 'em off the curb.

Keep 'em off the curb.

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It’s the morning after Christmas, the holiday hangover is setting in, and you want that Christmas tree out of your living room. But you also want to be conscientious about how you discard of it.

The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have got you covered.

Both are again offering Christmas tree recycling services this year.

Pittsburgh residents

Residents can take trees to the following drop-off locations to have the tree composted at no cost, according to an official release. Needless to say, make sure you remove all lights, stands and Christmas Pickles. Trees in plastic bags or netting will not be accepted. Christmas trees set out at the curb for refuse pick-up will be sent to the landfill. (Or you can leave your tree up forever. You do you.)

Sue Murray Swimming Pool Parking Lot
8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
301 Cedar Ave. (North Side)

Hazelwood Schenley Park Division
7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday
40 Melanchton St. (Glenwood)

East End 2nd Division of Public Works
8 a.m to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday
6814 Hamilton Ave., North Dallas Ave. at Hamilton Ave. (Homewood West)

West End 5th Division of Public Works
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday
1330 Hassler St., off Herschel and Steuben streets near Herschel Park (Elliott)

Strip District Environmental Services Lot
8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
3001 Railroad St., near 30th and Railroad streets (Strip District)

Baum Grove Parklet
8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
400 Roup Ave., off Fairmont Avenue (Friendship)

Allegheny County residents

As for those of you living outside city limits, here’s what the county has to offer if you’re looking to get rid of your tree in as environmentally friendly a way as possible.

County residents can drop off their Christmas trees beginning today through Jan. 16 at all nine regional parks from dawn to dusk. Again, all lights, decorations, tinsel, and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. The trees will be mulched and used in county parks.

Here are the drop-off locations:

  • Boyce Park — Parking lot by the soccer fields
  • Deer Lakes Park — Parking lot by the Veterans 2 Shelter
  • Harrison Hills Park — Parking lot at the intersection of Chipmunk & Cottontail Drive
  • Hartwood Acres Park, North Park — Parking lot at the mansion
  • North Park — Parking lot at the swimming pool
  • Round Hill Park — Parking lot at the Alfalfa Shelter
  • Settlers Cabin Park — Parking lot by the wave pool
  • South Park — Parking lot by the wave pool
  • White Oak Park — Parking lot at Chestnut Shelter

During the county’s 2016-17 program, more than 2,000 trees were recycled, with the resulting mulch used for various purposes throughout the park system’s 12,000 acres. You can help beat that number this year by donating yours.

In the meantime, we hope your holiday hangover gets better fast. (You might want to turn the volume down on this video of last year’s mulching.)

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