Leaf Pickup

Leaf Pick-up Schedule

As part of the agreement Harborcreek Township has with Waste Management, township residents will have a free pickup of their leaves during the weeks of:

Week 1: Week of October 22nd - 25th
Week 2: Week of November 5th - 8th
Week 3: Week of November 18th - 22nd
Week 4: Week of December 3rd - 6th

Leaves will be picked up curbside on the residents regular refuse day during the dates listed here. Leaves should be bagged in clear plastic bags no larger than 33 gallon capacity. These leaves are delivered directly to the compost pile at Harborcreek Township.

Harborcreek residents may bring their leaves to the township compost site - but must empty leaves out of the bags and dispose of bags on their own.

Make your own Compost

All organic material eventually decomposes, but mixing green and brown materials together will speed up the process. Green materials such as grass clippings or fresh green plant parts supply nitrogen. Brown materials such as dead leaves and plants are high in carbon. Mixing the two assures good conditions for the microbes and fungi that actually decompose the plant material. Composting has been taking place in forests since time began. Compost is ready when it looks like rich crumbly earth. Composted matter creates natural openings or channels in the soil which improves the soil structure and drainage so that water and oxygen can penetrate the soil and reach the roots promoting better root growth and increased absorption of rainfall and water. Commercial soil amendments cost money while leaves are free and are abundant. If you take care of your soil, it will take care of your plants.

Potential problems & solutions

  1. If the compost has a bad odor, it may not have enough air, or the pile is staying too wet. To correct this turn the pile to introduce air or add coarse dry materials such as sawdust, straw, or chopped corn stalks to absorb moisture.
  2. If the heap is damp and sweet smelling but still doesn't heat up, it is lacking in nitrogen. Mix in a nitrogen source such as fresh grass clippings.

Materials that should not be put in the backyard compost pile because they may cause odors, attract pests, or create other nuisances include meat, fish, poultry, cooked kitchen waste, grease, bones, fat, dairy products (such as butter, cheese, sour cream, yogurt), lard, peanut butter, salad dressing, mayonnaise, vegetable oil, weeds with developed seed heads, diseased plants or leaves, poison ivy.