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Yard Waste

Yard waste is material such as tree trimmings, shrubbery and other organic landscape vegetation. This does NOT include: trash, food waste, tree stumps, dirt and stones. 

See below for the current guidelines and schedule. 

Please prepare your yard waste properly. Place yard waste in biodegradable brown paper bags, or bundle it in easy-to-handle bundles. Bundles must not exceed 4 feet in length, 6 inches in diameter, or 30 pounds in weight. 

An unlimited amount of bags or bundles may be placed at the curb. They should be placed at the curb before 5 AM on collection day.

Yard waste is plastic bags will NOT be collected. Residents can pick up free yard waste bags at the following locations and times:

City Hall, 120 North Duke Street
M - F 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Treasury Office (inside Police Department), 39 West Chestnut Street 
M - F 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Streets Department, 515 North Franklin Street
M - F  7 AM - 4:15 PM

Recycling Center, 850 New Holland Avenue
M - F 8 AM - 5 PM & SAT 8 AM – Noon

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Yard Waste Guidelines

The following materials should be placed in the bag:

- tree trimmings
- plant debris from garden and flower bed
- shrubbery clippings
- weeds
- leaves
- limited grass clippings

All these have one thing in common – they are naturally growing plants that can biodegrade or rot.

There are some materials you may collect from the yard that should not be placed in the bag since they do not biodegrade and detract from the quality of the mulch or compost. Contaminants include: trash, litter, plastic film and pots, sod, stones, and glass. 

Yard waste that is collected from your yard may become compost/mulch that you use, so keep contaminants out to achieve the purpose of recycling – to turn waste into a usable product!

The following are procedures to follow when using the bags and participating in the city yard waste recycling program:

  • Fill the bags up to the marked fill line. Although bags are provided to city residents at no direct cost, the expense to provide bags is part of the service fee the city must charge. So, fill them completely, but limit the weight to no more than 30 pounds.
  • Do not use tape or wire. There is no need to roll the top down or secure the bag closed. Tape and wire is a contaminant.
  • Keep the bags dry. Although the bags have wet-strength properties, they should be kept as dry as possible and filled as closely as possible to the scheduled collection day. Wet bags and organic material, along with warm temperatures, can begin the decomposition process which can result in bags falling apart during collection.
  • Don’t line the bag with a plastic bag. The paper bag is designed to hold yard waste that may be moist.  Plastic is a contaminant.
  • Do not use the bag for oversized material. For tree and shrubbery branches that do not fit in the bag, tie these in bundles with string or twine that is biodegradable. Wire, plastic twine/rope and duct tape are contaminants. Bundles should be no longer than 4 feet in length or weigh more than 30 pounds.
  • Set bags out close to curb. Set out where trash and recycling containers are placed for collection.