By DC Department of Public Works
With the holiday season coming to a close, the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to provide District residents with two easy options for having their holiday trees and greenery recycled (no artificial trees).
- The 1st option, free of charge, is for residents to put their trees and greenery out where their trash and recycling is collected between January 13 and February 2. These items will be collected on residents’ regularly scheduled recycling days during this period. This collection service is only available to residents who are serviced by DPW. DPW collects trash and recyclables from single-family homes and apartment/condo buildings with three or fewer living units.
- The 2nd option, also free, is for residents to bring their trees and greenery, free of charge, to either of the District’s transfer stations. The Fort Totten Transfer Station is located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive NE, and the Benning Road Transfer Station is located at 3200 Benning Road NE.
Regardless of which option residents choose, all ornaments and lights should be removed from the tree. Residents are also asked not to bag their trees or greenery.
In fiscal year 2017, 327.25 tons of holiday trees were collected and composted by DPW in the District.
As a reminder, DPW provides DC residents with up to five 32-gallon bags (bring your own bags) of free compost weekdays, 1 to 5 pm, and Saturdays 8 am to 3 pm, at the Fort Totten Transfer Station.