In efforts to reduce the amount of material going to landfills, the Township actively participates in recycling as much natural material as possible. Grants obtained through PA Department of Environmental Protection allowed the Township to construct a 1.4 acre pad for the staging and processing of yard waste material.
Changes to Yard Waste and Bulk Item Drop-off:
Beginning in January, each residence in the Township will be able to drop off four (4) truck loads of yard waste and four (4) bulk items per year at no charge. Additional drop-offs require that a $25 fee be paid at the Municipal Services Center. The fee should not inconvenience residents with usual amounts of items to dispose of, and is intended to make those who are unfairly taxing the Township’s resources help offset some of those costs. Residents who find themselves in an unusual situation that may push them over the annual no-charge limit may seek a fee waiver by contacting Helen Grundon at (717) 975-7575 x 2104 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Works personnel periodically grind this pile into wood chips. The Township shares the use of recycling equipment owned by Cumberland County with several other municipalities. Finished wood chips are made available to Township residents as the material becomes available. Hours of operation are:
- Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- 2nd Saturday of the Month – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, April through November.
Acceptable materials that can be dropped off at the compost site are Shrubs and shrubbery trimmings, tree trimmings no larger than 14 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet in length, Christmas trees (tinsel, lights, ornaments, and bases removed), and leaves.
Material that is NOT accepted at the compost site includes:
- Grass Clippings
- Construction Debris
- Wooden Furniture
- Painted Wood
- Treated Lumber
- Railroad Ties
- Landscape Timbers
- Fruits or Vegetables
- Bags or Containers left at the site
The yard waste recycling is designed to process leaves and natural woody yard waste into compost and mulch. The equipment requires all of the material to be well suited for processing. Extensive damage to the equipment or bodily harm could result if inappropriate material is inadvertently placed in the equipment.