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DC Department of Public Works to Collect Christmas Trees From January 3


The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) said Monday it will carry out the collection of Christmas trees and holiday greenery between January 3 and February 28, 2022.

Households that receive curbside collection service from the Department can place their trees and greenery to the curb or at the normal point of collection for trash and recycling.

All ornaments and lights should be removed from the trees before the drop-off.

The collected pieces will be composted and the mulch provided from those will be offered to residents in the spring free of charge.

Up to five 32-gallon bags of free compost will be available at the Fort Totten Transfer Station for DC residents throughout the year.

People who don’t benefit from curbside collection may drop their Christmas trees and/or holiday greenery at these locations:

  • Benning Road Transfer Station (3200 Benning Road NE)
  • Fort Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Drive NE)
  • Bryant Street Sweep Shop (201 Bryant Street NW)
  • South Capitol Street Graffiti Shop (2700 South Capitol Street SE)

“Holiday trees and greenery bring much decorative joy over the holidays, and our collection program allows the good feelings to continue by giving those materials renewed life — as compost, which furthers Mayor Bowser’s Zero Waste goals,” DPW Acting Director Christine Davis said in a statement. “We encourage residents to dispose of their trees and greenery before February 28 so they can be used to fertilize gardens rather than fill up landfills.”

If your tree or holiday greenery was not collected, you can call 311 to make a request for a Christmas tree removal.

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