Updates

Leaf & Yard Waste Disposal

We are about to enter the season when we start to realize we have an ever increasing mountain of leaves and yard waste to deal with. There are several ways you can dispose of leaf and yard waste in the Township.

The best for a wooded or natural area of your garden is to let the leaves lay and naturally decompose to enrich the soil and feed the trees and shrubs. Next best is to collect the leaves and, after shredding if possible, compost the leaves which will provide a rich organic mulch for your garden.

If you wish the leaves to be removed from your property you have several options:

  1. The Twp. Licensed Trash Hauler that you contract with for the collection of your recyclables is required to provide a Spring and Fall leaf collection. If you are uncertain of those collection dates contact your Trash Hauler directly for the dates and any requirements they may have for the collection.
  2. You can contract with a landscaper who can dispose of your leaves and yard waste at a commercial recycling center.
  3. Residents may use their own vehicles (no landscape or commercial vehicles accepted) to bring leaves and yard waste to the New Britain Road entrance to Central Park. This Drop of Site is open every third Saturday of the month, March to December from 9am to 11am. All yard waste is to be removed from containers when dropped off; no leaf bags, boxes or plastic bags can be accepted. Please do not dump yard waste at the site on any other days when the drop off area is not manned.

When collecting leaves, please remember to contain them on your own property and not to pile them into the street or drainage swales where they would impede the free flow of Stormwater and lead to localized flooding.

For more information, including the list of licensed trash haulers and their contact information please look at the Trash and Recycling page on the Township website.

Spotted Lanternfly Information & Identification

The Spotted Laternfly (SLF) is a threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries. This invasive pest is also a major threat to homeowners’ trees and properties in general.

The Spotted Lanternfly attack fruit trees by feeding on the sap in the trunks, branches, twigs, and leaves. When the insect feeds on sap, it excretes a sweet sticky fluid called honeydew has a lot of remaining sugar and fungi will grow on it. Growth of fungi is black in color and called sooty mold.

Identification & Life Cycle

There is one generation of SLF per year. The eggs are laid in the fall and hatch in the spring. These egg masses are laid on hard surfaces and protected with a mud-like covering.

See the pictures below that illustrate the SLF at all of its life stages: egg masses, nymph and adult.

Management

  1. Stop the spread
  2. Scrape eggs
  3. Brand trees to catch nymphs
  4. Remove tree-of-heaven
  5. Apply insecticides

Read more about the listed management techniques by reading Penn State Extension’s guide for homeowners.

Additional Resources

Visit PennState Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Check out a video published by PennState Extension on Identification and Concern of the Spotted Lanternfly. Click Here to view the video.

Information provided by PennState Extension and the PA Department of Agriculture.