Leaf & Yard Waste
Effective January 1, 2020, Springfield Township will begin a NEW Residential Curbside Leaf Waste Collection Program! The program will run from late March through December with a special collection week at the end of February as conditions warrant*
*If snow or ice is present, the collection will be cancelled
Curbside Leaf Waste Collection
Beginning in the last week of March, all leaf waste must be separated from regular household refuse. All LEAF WASTE materials must be placed in biodegradable paper bags or bundled and placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the morning of your regular collection day. Bags must not exceed 50 lbs in weight. Tree trimmings and brush must be cut and bundled into four foot lengths (nothing larger than six inches in diameter) and may not exceed 25 lbs. Plastic bags and refuse cans containing leaf waste will not be collected. There is a 15 bag limit for each household. The Township will make a reasonable effort to remove additional bags in a timely manner.
Please note: it is prohibited to rake leaves onto the sidewalk or roadway. Leaves must be disposed of as outlined above.
In the months of January and February, leaf bags should be HELD until the February special collection week and/or March start date. These dates will be announced on the Township website. Leaf bags will NOT be collected in January or February.
What is Considered Leaf Waste?
Leaf waste includes leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings, and similar material. Grass clippings are not leaf waste; please do not include grass with your leaf waste.
All leaf waste materials will be composted into a useful mulch for gardens. Please call the Township in mid March for the availability of FREE mulch.
DO NOT MIX YOUR LEAF WASTE WITH YOUR GARBAGE OR RECYCLING. GRASS CLIPPINGS ARE NOT LEAF WASTE. DO NOT INCLUDE GRASS WITH YOUR LEAF WASTE. PUT GRASS OUT WITH REGULAR REFUSE.
What Should I Do With Grass?
One of the easiest ways to reduce yard waste is to recycle your grass clippings back into the lawn instead of bagging them. This process is called Grass-cycling!
If you must bag your grass clippings, use a plastic bag or refuse can to dispose of the clippings. DO NOT USE PAPER BAGS FOR THE DISPOSAL OF GRASS CLIPPINGS. Grass clippings slow the composting process and are not suitable for leaf waste collection.
*Bamboo is not acceptable for leaf waste collection. Bamboo must be disposed of in plastic trash bags or cans along with regular trash disposal. Bamboo should not be placed in biodegradable paper bags.
Christmas Tree Collection
Christmas Tree collection begins the second week of January. Please place your tree at the curbside on your regular collection day. Please do not "wrap" your tree in plastic as it will be chipped into useful mulch and made available to Township residents at NO CHARGE at our property on West Wissahickon Avenue.