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 Yard Waste

​To reduce the amount of material going to landfills, several municipalities in Northampton County have constructed and operate yard waste facilities. Typically,
municipal crews collect leaves and brush within the municipality on a seasonal basis and bring the materials to their yard waste facility for processing.

Residents are also permitted to drop off these materials at the facility during posted hours of operation. Leaves are placed in windrows and allowed to compost.
The brushy material is ground into a wood mulch and allowed to cure. The resulting compost and wood mulch is then made available to the residents, thus completing the recycling loop.

Most municipal yard waste programs are restricted to residents-only. If you are interested in what your municipality has to offer, contact them directly for information.

Please note: There may be fees associated with using municipal programs/sites to offset operating costs.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Section 902 Recycling Grants, offer support to qualifying municipalities to assist in creating and/or maintaining municipal yard waste programs and equipment. 

 

Municipal Yard Waste Drop-Off Locations      
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Northampton County residents and businesses can drop off yard waste at:
First Regional Compost Authority, located at 
       6701 Weaversville Rd. 
       Northampton 18067. 
Fees apply.  Questions: 610-262-1000
Mulch can be taken at no cost.

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 Grasscycling

Grass clippings and other yard waste account for about 20% of municipal waste deposited in landfills.                     

GrassCycling-Ad.png Collection, transport, and disposal of yard waste is costly.
Bagging clippings removes valuable nutrients from soils.

Grasscycling- leaving grass clippings on the lawn when you mow, improves lawn quality when grass clippings are allowed to decay naturally on the lawn, they release valuable nutrients, add water-saving mulch and encourage natural soil aeration by earthworms. For those concerned about our landfills, grass cycling cuts down on the volume of material making that trip.

Grasscycling reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. Too much fertilizer can weaken the lawn by causing a shallow root system to develop. When using fertilizers, apply small amounts only two or three times during the growing season (mid to late May and early to mid-September are best in the Northeast region).


Tips for Grasscycling

   Mow when grass is dry and use a sharp mower blade.
   Mow often – trimming the top third of the blade of grass.
   Water the lawn less often but for longer periods of time, soaking the soil.
   Water in the morning so less water is lost through evaporation during the day or grass is damp at night.
   If there are large clumps of grass left on the lawn, mow over again to allow the cuttings to sift into the turf.
   Any mower can recycle grass clippings – just remove any bag and keep blade sharp.  When it's time to replace your mower, consider a mulching mower. 


Uses for Clippings

   Soil additive:  about once a month add fresh grass clippings into the garden to improve garden soil texture, moisture retention, nutrients and organic matter.
   Fresh grass clippings are an excellent nitrogen source for compost piles.  They can compose a third of the pile and must be turned regularly to prevent odors.


Managing your Leaves:

Although leaves appear on the ground throughout the year, managing large volumes of fallen leaves occurs in autumn.  

   If only a few leaves are on your lawn, mow them as you cut the grass.  This will not harm your turf, but will provide assistance in maintaining moisture. 
   Large amounts of leaves can also be mowed and either picked up by a mower bag and placed in leaf bags or stored if being used for compost. 

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