Blog Post By Jona Elwell

DPW is Now Collecting Holiday Greenery. Here’s How to Ensure Yours is Picked Up

It’s a winter wonderland outside in D.C., but inside, everyone is clearing out holiday decorations. For those who decorate with wreaths, trees, and other greens, this week the Department of Public Works will start collecting your discarded decorations. Holiday trees and greenery will be picked up from January 14 to February 2.

You can either bring trees and greenery, free of charge, to either of the District’s transfer stations – Fort Totten Transfer Station or Benning Road Transfer Station. Or, if your house is serviced by DPW they’ll be collected on your regularly scheduled recycling days.

Key pieces:

  • Trees and greenery should be naked – don’t put them in plastic or cloth bags.
  • Make sure you’ve removed any and all lights and ornaments
  • Place items to be collected where your trash and recyclables are normally collected

Bonus for you? Trees collected through February 2 (and those brought to the Fort Totten and Benning Road Transfer Stations) will be chipped, composted and made available to residents for free.

But! Keep in mind: any trees not collected by February 2 will be picked up as space in trash trucks allow over the following weeks.

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