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Posted on: December 6, 2017

Christmas "Tree-cycling"

Westmoreland Cleanways

With the holiday season upon us, Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling would like to encourage everyone to give one more gift, a gift to Mother Nature, by recycling your live Christmas tree. After the festivities are finished, you can take your tree to one of 17 drop-off sites located throughout Westmoreland County.

Tree-cycling is truly giving a gift back to the community. Proper disposal of a live tree is beneficial to the environment. In most cases, live trees thrown away with the garbage end up taking up space in a landfill. However, recycling your Christmas tree returns it to nature. The trees will be chipped into mulch and used to beautify community parks, eventually decomposing into valuable humus to nourish and renew the soil.

There is no cost to recycle your Christmas tree, but some organizations hosting tree recycling sites; Boy Scout Troup 239 at Schramm’s Farm & Orchards in Penn Township and Murrysville-Export Rotary, collect donations to fund their own projects.

All locations require that trees are completely bare of decorations when dropped off. This includes any tree bags or wrappings used to transport the tree to the drop-off site.

Sponsors of this year’s Christmas tree recycling program include: Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, James A. Rutter Company in Murrysville, Penn Township, and the Borough of Youngwood.

Ellen Keefe, Executive Director of Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, commented: “Many people wonder about the environmental impact of purchasing a live Christmas tree verse an artificial one. During production, artificial trees consume energy and natural resources that can’t be recovered as the trees are not recyclable. On the other hand, while growing, live trees add oxygen to the air, control erosion, and provide wildlife habitat. After Christmas, the trees can be mulched or composted to benefit the soil. What could be more natural than that?”


Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to protect, restore, and maintain the environmental qualities of Westmoreland County for all who live, work, and visit herein. Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling addresses the proper disposal of solid waste through recycling, special collections, the cleanup of illegal dumpsites and littered areas, and public education.

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