Where Can You Get Free Mulch Made From Recycled Christmas Trees?

The City of Pittsburgh will also be collecting yard waste on Saturday.


After Christmas, the City of Pittsburgh collected Christmas trees to recycle into free, environmentally friendly mulch for city residents. Now that the more than 2,200 trees have been mulched, you’ll be able to pick some up starting April 25.

Bring your own buckets, gloves and shovels to the Pittsburgh Zoo overflow parking lot between dawn and dusk, April 25 through April 30, to grab some mulch for your spring gardens or other beautification projects. Quantity is limited and the mulch is expected to go quickly, so the city urges interested residents to get out there early.

The Department of Public Works is also gearing up to collect yard waste, including leaves, grass, brush and branches, from the curbside. Crews will be out on April 23 to gather the stuff, which must be placed at residents’ usual trash/recycling spot by 6 a.m. Saturday. (It should not be put out before Friday evening.

Leaves, grass and brush must be contained in brown paper bags and weigh less than 35 pounds. Branches must be bundled with fiber twine or natural rope, in branch widths no more than 4 inches in diameter and no more than 5 feet in length. 

Make sure your yard waste does not contain any plastic bags, glass, rocks, bricks, dirt or gravel. Anything that doesn’t meet the collection guidelines will be left at the curb. 

The city also operates three drop-off centers that accept yard waste year-round. Proof of residency is required.

East End Drop-Off Center (2nd Division) 

6814 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (entrance on Dallas Ave) 

Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed on holidays) 


Hazelwood Drop-Off Center (3rd Division)  

40 Melanchton St., Pittsburgh, PA 15207  

Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed on holidays) 


West End Drop-Off Center (5th Division) 

1330 Hassler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220 

Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed on holidays) 


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