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Yard Waste Recycling

Yard Waste

Communities that apply for recycling grants are being required to initiate curbside leaf and yard waste recycling programs or risk losing grant money that the Township earns by recycling glass, plastic, aluminum, steel cans, and newspaper. The amount of grant money awarded will not increase from leaf and yard waste collection.

 Yard Waste Collection:

  • Brush and branches -  Branches and brush must not be more than one-and-a-half inches in diameter, must be less than 3 feet long, and must be tied together.

  • Bundle branches and brush securely with twine or rope. Do not use wire.

  • All yard waste must be in brown biodegradable bags or trash cans that can be easily lifted (less than 40lbs). Plastic bags CANNOT be used and WILL NOT be collected.

  • Yard waste must be at your collection point by 6:30 AM.

 Unacceptable Material:

  • Litter/Trash/Garbage

  • Grass Clippings & Leaves

  • Kitty Litter/Pet Manure

  • Plastic bags and containers excess of 40 lbs.

  • Branches over 3 feet in length / Branches over 1 ½ inches in diameter.

Yearly Leaf Collection

Haverford Township provides a yearly leaf curbside collection for residents by vacuum only from November 1 through December 24. Residents must have leaves along the curb for vacuum collections. No leaves will be collected via bags and/or containers during this collection period.

Holiday Schedule:

If your collection day falls on or after a holiday, yard waste collection will be done the following week.

Why Yard Waste Composting?

Nearly two million tons of yard waste are produced in Pennsylvania each year. Until 1988, much of this yard waste went into Pennsylvania landfills. Then in 1988, the Pennsylvania Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) became law. Act 101 set a goal of reducing Pennsylvania's municipal waste disposal by 25 percent by 1997. It also requires more than 400 communities to collect yard waste for composting, and prohibits landfills from accepting truckloads of yard waste for disposal.

Yard waste can be easily composted to produce beneficial products such as soil conditioners or mulch. Yard waste composting is a sensible solid waste management alternative for Pennsylvania municipalities.

The State Law:

Section 1501 of PA Act 101 stipulates the requirements for all households and commercial, institutional and municipal establishments in mandated communities to separate leaf waste for collection. (A mandated community is any municipality with 5,000 or more residents). Compliance with Act 101, therefore, means that in mandated communities, leaf waste is not to be thrown out with household waste or burned as a means of disposal. Leaf waste is defined in Act 101 as "leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings, and similar material, but not including grass clippings. In addition, Section 1501(c)(2) of the Act requires mandated communities to have a scheduled day, at least once per month, during which separated materials are to placed at the curbside for collection.

If you have any questions or do not know when your pickup is scheduled please call the Public Works Department at (610) 446-1000, ext 2263.

Leaf Pickup Schedule

Tuesday-Thursday Trash/Recycling/Brush Collection Schedule

Wednesday-Friday Trash/Recycling/Brush Collection Schedule

Schedule your Bulk Trash Pickup