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Leaf Collection and Composting
Leaf collection occurs October through the second week of December. Due to weather conditions, the dates may vary.
Leaf Collection Guidelines
1. Curbside leaf piles are to be 12 inches high and 18 inches wide.
2. Do not mix limbs, brush, and other debris with leaf piles, as such items may cause damage to collection equipment and injury to township personnel.
3. Adverse weather conditions may cause delays.
4. Township employees and/or equipment are not permitted to enter private property to remove leaves.
5. Once the leaf machine has passed it will not return until items on every street in the township has been collected.
6. If your residence is located on the corner of the street, please place the leaves to be picked up at least 25 feet from the intersection.
7. If you live on a private street in the township we will pick up your leaves, but they must be bagged. Since most of the private streets in the township have narrow widths, we cannot take the leaf machines down those roadways and safely turn the machine around. Once you have the leaves bagged, please call the township office at 610-631-0450 and schedule the pickup.
Fall Leaf Removal Keeps the Leaves Out of Waterways
When leaves aren’t bagged, they can get into the drainage systems where they enter the local waterways. Once in the water, they start to degrade, causing dramatic increases in nitrogen and phosphorus. This encourages the growth of algae, which robs the water of oxygen and this will cause existing water plants and aquatic animals to die.
Leaves Are Ideal for Starting a Compost Pile
Collect the leaves and use them to start a compost pile. They break down quickly, so by next spring, you’ll have a nice supply of nutrient-rich compost for all your planting endeavors.
West Norriton Township, East Norriton Township and Norristown Borough initiated a joint leaf composting program in 1989 on the grounds of the Norristown Farm Park. The Norristown Farm Park is operated by Montgomery County and owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The two leaf composting sites (one for East Norriton Township and one for the other two municipalities) are leased from Montgomery County. The compost sites are operated by East Norriton Township under an agreement with the three municipalities and a lease arrangement with the County.
West Norriton Township is 5.5 square miles and has a population of 16,201 as of the 2020 census. As mandated by Act 101 West Norriton Township developed a comprehensive recycling program; a major component of this program is the collection of leaves which are delivered to the leaf composting facility. The West Norriton Township Public Works Department collects on average 4,500 cubic yards of leaves from the middle of October to the 2nd week of December each year and properly advertises this collection schedule each year on our website and in the newspaper. Leaves must be separated from the municipal waste stream per Township Ordinance. Leaves are collected utilizing leaf vacuums. Only Township vehicles are permitted to place leaves at the composting facility.
The leaves are composted using a compost turner and the final product is screened through a rotary tumbler. Most of the final product is used on the farm fields throughout the Norristown Farm Park.
Product Pickup Location
In addition, the final mulch product is also available for pick up by the residents of West Norriton Township at the Bin located behind the Jefferson Fire Company 85 School Lane. Each resident is responsible to load the mulch themselves.