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Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste will be collected on the second and fourth Thursdays, April through November. Use paper yard waste bags available at home and hardware stores for leaves (separately) and wood waste (twigs and clippings). They are composted in different ways and the bags will be composted too. Branches no larger than 4 inches thick and 4 feet long should be bundled; no more than 40 pounds per bundle please. Yard waste is never to be disposed of with your trash.

Large brush items and branches larger than 4 inches thick may be dropped off at the Swatara Township greencycling dump. The dump is open From April - October. Paxtang Residents may obtain a one day or season-long permit for the facility from the Swatara Township Building on Eisenhower Boulevard for a nominal fee. 

Fall Leaf Collection - November & December

When raking your leaves here are some helpful hints that will make the collection process go easier for the Borough Employees:

  • Rake your leaves only to the curb line in the Shade Tree lawn, NOT INTO THE STREET.

  • Take any and all sticks or branches out of your pile. These items clog the machine and slows down the pickup process.

  • Try to time your raking with the week we are scheduled to come to your side, so that if it rains they do not get heavy in the pile.

  • If all possible, don’t park near the piles so we can get the truck close to help with pickup.

To simplify the collection, the Borough is divided into two halves; from 29th St. to Park Terrace is designated as the west side, and from the Greenbelt to Wilhelm Road is referred to as the east side.

Leaf Collection begins the first week of November and runs for approx. 5-6 weeks starting on the west side first.  We will work one side a week unless we get done before the end of the week and have additional time.  In that case we will pick up the larger piles on the opposite side.

Week 1 : West Side

Week 2 : East Side

Week 3 : West Side

Week 4  East Side

Week 5 : Both sides 

Week 6 : Both sides as needed and as able.

(See Paxtang Post for specific dates.)  

Remember that not only do leaf piles in the street slow down pickup but they are also a potential hazard to cars that either park on them when they’re dry,or slide on them when they’re wet.

Thanks for your help.

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