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Fake snow may look appealing on a Christmas tree, but it is not good for the mulch that the City of Allentown produces from those discarded trees.

As a result, the City of Allentown Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste will not be collecting “real” Christmas trees that have been sprayed with fake snow, known as tree flocking.

The snow that is sprayed onto trees is not acceptable in the city’s yard waste collection program and cannot be mixed-in with other yard waste that is ground up for mulch.

If you have a real Christmas tree that has the fake snow sprayed onto it, please call the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste at 610-437-8729 for disposal options.

Christmas trees and other yard waste will be collected in the city during the weeks of Sunday, January 10 and Sunday, January 17.

Residents should place their tree and other yard waste out on their recycling night.

For more information on the city’s yard waste recycling program visit

For more information on the city’s overall recycling program visit

Information provided to TVL by:
Mike Moore
Communications Manager
Mayor’s Office
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101