Merry Mulch: Christmas Trees Turned into Free Ground Cover

Mulch available for pick up starting this weekend, bring your own tools & containers

Who knew that 21 tons of discarded Christmas trees could actually help do something good for the environment?

City residents threw away those trees after the holidays. Now they've been turned into mulch as part of Pittsburgh's annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program. The program allows residents to put their trees at the curb after Christmas. Then Public Works Environmental Services bureau workers pick up the trees and mulch them with the help of the city's forestry division and local Girl Scout Troops.


Pittsburgh residents can pick up that mulch free of charge beginning this Saturday. Here's the info:

  • Saturdays through April 20 (or while supplies last)
  • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Pittsburgh Forestry Division
  • 6520 Stanton Ave., Pittsburgh 15206
  • Residents must bring their own buckets, gloves and shovels.

Pine mulch can be used for vegetable gardens and blueberry and strawberry patches, for moisture and weed control.

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