All residents and businesses within the Borough of West Chester are required to recycle their leaves. Starting early November through the middle of December, the Public Works Department conducts a six (6) week collection program using leaf vacuum machines and street sweepers. During these six weeks, the areas north of Market Street are collected Mondays and Tuesdays. The areas south of Market Street are collected Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each neighborhood will have three collection weeks, as shown on the map and schedule on this website.
The leaf collection crews generally follow the 8 AM - 11 AM sweeper routes on those days as the absence of parked cars lets the collection move along swiftly. After 11 AM the crews then attend to the other streets in the area scheduled for collection that day. Residents are instructed to not pile up leaves for curbside collection until the last week of October; collection does not begin until November. Please be sure to finish placing piles out for collection by the Sunday before the final collection week. The Borough will not collect leaves after the final scheduled collection week in middle December.
Leaves are not to be placed out for trash collection because all leaves collected within the Borough of West Chester are composted. When you place leaves out for collection please be sure there are no tree branches, limbs or stones in the leaf piles, as those objects can damage leaf collection equipment. Yard Waste, such as garden debris, vines and small vegetative matter should be placed out for yard waste collection or delivered to the drop-off site as described below.
To dispose of leaves any time other than the scheduled collection season, bring your bagged leaves to the drop-off area at the Public Works Department at 205 Lacey Street. Please open the bags and dump the leaves into the pile and take all plastic bags home with you. This drop off is open to Borough of West Chester residents ONLY.
FOR SPECIFIC COLLECTION DATES PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Effective January 1, 2013 the Borough will no longer offer curbside tree limb chipping. Instead, there will be a new yard waste program, for Borough residents only.
Monthly Friday Collection
The Borough will provide Friday collection of yard waste and branches once per month:
- First Friday: Northwest Quadrant
- Second Friday: Northeast Quadrant
- Third Friday: Southwest Quadrant
- Fourth Friday: Southeast Quadrant
Collection will include bundled branches and yard waste only. Branches and yard waste must be tied with biodegradable twine (cotton or hemp) into manageable bundles no longer than 4 feet and placed at your normal trash & recycling collection point. Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable also. NO PLASTIC BAGS. Branches thicker than 4 inches will not be collected. Loose, uncontained yard waste will also not be collected.
Yard Waste Drop-off Site
Public Works Drop-off site is open one time per month:
- The fourth Saturday of each month, 8AM-4PM
- Drop-off site remains at the Public Works Department, 205 Lacey Street
Borough residents only; residents must show proof of residency to site attendant. Borough drop-off site will accept loose yard waste, yard waste in biodegradable bags, leaves, grass clippings and tree branches cut 4 feet or shorter, and no thicker than 4 inches diameter. No contractors permitted at drop-off site.
- Christmas tree collection remains the same (first two weeks following New Year's Day).
- Fall curbside leaf collection remains the same.
Shrubbery and also tree branches up to 8 inches in diameter or 8 feet in length may be taken to the Lanchester Landfill in Honey Brook for composting or shredding. There is a charge for this. Lanchester Landfill will not accept root balls, dirt or stones. Please call the Landfill at 610-273-3771 for more information.
|Department of Public Works
Borough of West Chester
|Phone: (610) 696-5282
|205 Lacey Street
||Fax: (610) 436-1383
|West Chester, PA 19382