Leaf and Grass Collection

NOTE:  DO NOT INCLUDE INVASIVE PLANTS with leaves, twigs, grass clippings and other garden debris n biodegradable paper bags during any of the scheduled collections. Invasive plants should be discarded with household refuse in bags labeled "Invasive Plants." Only 20 bags of invasive plants will be accepted per refuse collection. State law requires that other garden debris be recycled, so Township crews will not accept them with household waste.


Leaf and Garden Debris Collection Routes

The 15 designated routes are identified on the map below. (Click map to enlarge.)

Leaf Pickup Map

The Township’s 2017 Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin on Wednesday, October 18 in Route 15. The 15 designated leaf routes are identified by the accompanying map.

This year the program offers six collections in every route – two for loose leaves and four for bagged leaves – plus a special third loose-leaf collection for the first four routes in the schedule, weather permitting. Note: No special collections will be scheduled in December to accommodate the fourth bagged-leaf collection. The goal is to complete all collections before winter weather arrives because leaf vacuums are ineffective in snow and ice.

Please follow the accompanying schedules and guidelines for the most efficient program. When leaf volume is light early in the program, crews may collect leaves in routes ahead of schedule. But each morning they will always return to the route scheduled for collection that day. Inclement weather may occasionally delay the program. To receive emails about any schedule delays, sign up for E-Notifications.

Loose Leaves

  • Rake leaves to the curb no more than 14 days prior to the scheduled collection day, in accordance with Township Ordinance. Violators will be subject to fines.
  • Rake only leaves; do not include twigs or branches, which may jam the leaf machines.
  • Do not put leaves into the street immediately after a collection.

Note: The loose leaf collection schedule is subject to weather delays. For the latest schedule, call 215-635-4600.

Bagged Leaves

  • Use biodegradable paper bags only. Biodegradable paper bags are sold at the Township Building.
  • Put bagged leaves at the curb just prior to their scheduled collection day.
  • Do not put  invasive plants, trash, large branches, dirt, stones or rocks into the biodegradable paper bags. Invasive plants should be discarded with household refuse in bags labeled "Invasive Plants." Only 20 bags of invasive plants will be accepted per refuse collection. However, grass clippings, twigs and other garden debris may be included with leaves in the biodegradable bags.

Note:  DO NOT INCLUDE INVASIVE PLANTS with leaves, twigs, grass clippings and other garden debris n biodegradable paper bags during any of the scheduled collections.  Invasive plants should be discarded with household refuse in bags labeled "Invasive Plants." Only 20 bags of invasive plants will be accepted per refuse collection. State law requires that other garden debris be recycled, so Township crews will not accept them with household waste.


Residents may also drop off biodegradable paper bags at the Waverly Road Compost Facility on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., unless affected by a holiday. The compost facility is located on Waverly Road between Church Road and Cheltenham Avenue in Laverock. Disposing of large branches requires an appointment for a special collection, which entails a fee.  However, no branch collections will be scheduled during the fall leaf collection program.

Additional Guidelines

  • Never discard leaves, grass, twigs or garden debris (other than  invasive plants) with regular trash.
  • Have gardeners cooperate with the collection schedules.
  • Do not park over leaves since heat from a vehicle may ignite them.
  • Never burn leaves or place leaves at the curb anytime after the final collection, as stipulated by Township Ordinance.
Leaf/Grass/Garden Debris Dropoff

Residents may also drop off biodegradable paper bags containing, leaves, grass and garden debris at the Waverly Road Compost Facility on weekdays from 7:30AMto 3PM and Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM, unless affected by a holiday. The compost facility is located on Waverly Road between Church Road and Cheltenham Avenue in Laverock. Dumping material when the facility is closed is prohibited. Violators are subject to fines.


Disposing of large branches requires an appointment for a special collection, which entails a fee.  However, no branch collections will be scheduled during the fall leaf collection program. 


LANDSCAPERS

Landscapers must obtain a Township permit annually to dump garden debris at the Waverly Road Compost Facility: $50 for landscapers that pay the Township business privilege tax and $100 for others. Additional charges apply per cubic yard of debris.

 
Important Fall Collection Reminders
  • Leaves should be placed at the curb by 7AM on the first day noted in the schedule.
  • Residents should never pile leaves over storm drain grates or inlets. In fact, property owners adjacent to storm drain inlets are encouraged to keep the drains clear.
  •  When forecasts predict heavy storm events, Public Works crews often perform unscheduled, unpublicized loose-leaf collections in low-lying areas to prevent flooding.
  • Residents should park in their driveway on their collection days so crews can clear leaves from roadways curb to curb.
  • Avoid parking over leaves because heat from a vehicle could ignite a fire.
 
 
 
 
 
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