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In honor of Earth Day, the Streets Department will expand its 2017 Yard Waste Recycling Program by offering 23 citywide locations for residents to drop-off their yard waste on Saturday, April 22.

Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that residents may drop off their materials to be recycled on Saturday during the hours of 9am to 3pm. This special service is being provided as an environmentally safe alternative for the disposal of yard waste. The Yard Waste Recycling Program is one of several services provided by the Streets Department to honor the City's Zero Waste and Litter-Free Vision and help reduce the amount of materials that reach the waste stream and saves landfill space.

“Earth Month is celebrated globally, teaching young and old alike how to save our planet through education and being an advocate for change.  Everyone can help in their own special way by cleaning their yards and disposing of their yard debris properly for recycling,” said Commissioner Williams.

Philadelphia residents may drop off brush cuttings, tree limbs, leaves and other similar material for recycling no more than 4 feet in length and no more than 8 inches in diameter. 

Yard waste brought to the sites for recycling should be untied.
Yard waste will only be accepted in biodegradable paper bags.  These bags can be processed for recycling along with the yard waste. This reduces contamination in the recycling process. 

2017 Yard Waste Recycling Program Drop-off Locations

Pennway & Cottman Ave.(Jardel Rec.)

15th & Bigler St.

20th & Hartranft St.

2900 Comly Rd. Palmer Playground

2901 Princeton Ave.(Mayfair Rec.)

43rd & Powelton Ave.

54th & Woodbine Ave.

5th & Chelten Ave.(water reservoir)

66th & Haverford Ave.

7231 Torresdale Ave. Russo Park

72nd & Buist Ave.

7901 Ridgeway St.(Fox Chase Rec.)

8101 Bustleton Ave.

American & Thompson Sts.

Broad & Christian Sts.

Castor & Foulkrod St.

Cathedral & Ridge Ave.

Corinthian & Poplar St.

Fisher & Ogontz Ave.

Graver Lane & Seminole

Upsal St. & Lowber St.

Washington Ln. & Ardleigh St.

Wayne Ave. & Logan St.

Yard waste is also accepted at the Streets Department’s six (6) Sanitation Convenience Centers throughout the year. Materials must be in biodegradable bags or bundled. The centers are open Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm, except holidays. Residents wishing to use the Sanitation Convenience Centers must show proof of Philadelphia residency as the centers are for City residents’ use only. Yard waste set out for collection will be picked up with rubbish.

As always, there is no charge to drop-off materials. No waste materials generated by businesses or non-Philadelphia residents will be accepted. Vendors are responsible for making arrangements for the private disposal of their yard waste.

Citizens who require additional information regarding the disposal of yard waste may visit us online at or contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560. For all other City services, contact 3-1-1.