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Residents ONLY (proof such as driver's license, tax bill, etc. is required) are permitted to bring their tree and shrub trimmings to the designated area on Reading Crest Avenue (off Route 61) the first & third Saturday of each month, April through November, between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon for disposal. Employees will be on hand to verify residency and accept or reject all material.  The drop off area will also be open the first Wednesday of each month, December through March, between the hours of 8AM and 12 Noon. 

 No lumber of any type will be accepted. 

Help protect our staff from injury by leaving the trimmings as large as possible and removing all wire, nails, etc. Disposing of any material any other time is strictly prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted. 

 Recycling Turfgrass Clippings

Grass clippings and other yard debris represent a large percentage of solid waste deposited in landfills. An analysis of the composition of residential waste in Cincinnati, Ohio showed that yard debris (leaves, prunings, and grass clippings) accounted for nearly 20% of the total. A study in Plano, Texas (population 80,000) revealed that over 700 tons of grass clippings were collected and disposed of in landfills each week. In addition to the demand for landfill space, collection and disposal of this waste material is expensive.

The obvious solution to the clipping disposal problem is recycling. This can be accomplished easily by returning the clippings to the lawn. If performed correctly, returning grass clippings should not detract from the appearance of the lawn or cause an accumulation of thatch. In fact, this practice will reduce the labor involved in bagging and return essential nutrients to the soil. Research at Penn State has shown that over a three year period, the leaf clippings from Kentucky bluegrass contained between 46 to 59% of nitrogen (N) applied as fertilizer. When clippings are returned, a substantial amount of N and other nutrients can be used by the turf, thus, significantly reducing fertilizer requirements.

There are several tools and management practices that can be used to make the recycling process more efficient. A few of the more effective practices follow: