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Posted on: June 9, 2021

Radnor Township Yard Waste Collection and Free Mulch Program

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Fulfilling the state Department of Environmental Protection’s mandate that townships collect leaf and yard waste and dispose of these items in a safe, clean location, the Radnor Township Public Works Department has remained committed to resident and municipal fall cleanups, weekly yard waste pickups and Christmas Tree collections.

“Radnor’s Yard Waste Program was launched over 20 years ago. The leaf mulch is generated from the recycled yard waste that we collect on Wednesdays and from the fall clean up,” said Matt Pilotti, Sewer, Highway, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor and Free Mulch Program supervisor. “We also pick up all Christmas trees and recycle them as well.”

Radnor Township residents play a crucial part in the lifecycle of the Free Mulch Program. Every Wednesday across the Township, the Public Works team collects residential yard waste. The yard waste is then recycled at Skunk Hollow by a Duratech 4012 Tub Grinder operated by Tim McGee, Public Works Equipment Operator. 

“Many residents regularly drop off yard waste at Skunk Hollow and, in addition to our Wednesday pickups, help increase the amount of mulch we are able to produce each year,” said McGee. “Bring us your unwanted and unusable yard waste and allow us to turn it into material that you can reuse on your gardens and flowerbeds.”

Via a state grant application process conducted years ago, veteran Township employee Peggy Hagan secured funding for the equipment purchase. The grinder is used to shred the brush, tree trimmings and wood waste recycled by Township residents. To control program costs, all equipment parts are purchased at a reduced cost and installed by Township personnel at a significant savings. 

“Most vendors charge a traveling fee to and from the job site, plus associated cost for repairs, usually in the $150/hr range. Our Fleet Maintenance Department performs machine maintenance for the Tub Grinder,” said Pilotti. “Also, we fuel the machine at a reduced cost due to contract bids with our fuel supplier, Petroleum Traders.”

All residents are encouraged to call the Public Works Department on weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 610.688.5600 for more information on the Yard Waste Collection and the Free Mulch Program.

Free Mulch Locations (First Come Basis, Typically Available Until September)
Residents can find free leaf mulch at the following Township locations:

  • Warren Filipone Park
  • Fenimore Park 
  • Ithan Valley Park
  • Harford Park
  • Emlen Tunnell Park 
  • Willows Cottage  

Yard Waste Program Rules 

  • Tree limbs must be cut down to 3ft sections and bundled when possible. 
  • Absolutely no metal in the yard waste. Metal causes significant damage to the tub grinder and costly repairs.
  • Yard Waste is collected every Wednesday year-round, weather permitting. 
  • This service is offered to property owners and homeowner associations. 

Preparing Brush, Trimmings & Leaves

  • All yard waste should be placed in bio-degradable bags or a 35-gallon refuse container for collection. No plastic bags are allowed. Contents of containers should not exceed 50 pounds.
  • All bags are to be place at the curb for collection.
  • Tree trimmings and brush should be tied in bundles no more than 2 feet in diameter and no longer than 3 feet in length.  Branches can be no more than 2" in diameter and 3 ft in length.   No firewood will be collected.
  • Leaves will be collected in bags when placed at the curb. Bagged leaves will not be collected during the township-wide leaf collection season in November and December.
  • Brush will not be collected that is sticking out of a container; this is for the safety of our employees.
  • Christmas trees are collected after the Christmas holiday, weather permitting, and after leaf collection is completed. Christmas trees must be placed at the curb for pickup.
  • The Township will take up to 10 bundle/bags of yard waste per collection.
  • Burning of yard waste is not permitted.
  • Plastic bags or trash mixed with lawn debris are not permitted.
  • Dirt and mulch will not be collected.
  • Grass clippings will not be collected. It is recommended that the grass clippings be left on your lawn to decay or be composted on your property.

ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS: The mission of the Public Works Department is to enhance the quality of life in the Township by doing the following: maintaining the Township's roads, storm and sanitary sewers, parks and other infrastructure, enhancing public health through the collection and disposal of household solid wastes, promoting environmentally sound living by collecting leaves and recyclable materials, maximizing operations by maintaining the Township's fleet of vehicles and equipment. Visit Radnor Township at: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram:


For more information, Press Only:

Molly Gallagher

Press Information Officer

610.688.5600 x 197

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