Fall 2020 Compost

Manor Township established a leaf compost facility in 1991.  Residents may drop off leaves at the site on days when it is open.  Leaves are accepted loose or in biodegradable bags.  The Township also receives leaves from neighboring municipalities and boroughs.

Once leaves are brought to the site they are placed in rows for composting. Naturally occurring microorganisms found on leaves are primarily responsible for their composting.  However, there are several other factors that affect the rate of composting which include temperature, moisture and air.  Moisture is regularly monitored and maintained.  The rows are turned based on the temperature of the leaves, allowing more oxygen through the piles, which is necessary for decomposition.  Typically, leaves are finished composting in 10 months.

Once composting is complete, the compost is screened to remove any objects that have not been composted.  The finished product is then offered for sale to the general public at $10/cubic yard on the scheduled dates below.  The leaf compost facility is located at 2996 Charlestown Road.

SATURDAY’S – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 3rd & 24th, November 7th & 21st, and December 5th

Leaf Collection

Curbside leaf collection is scheduled to begin the week of October 19th and typically concludes the first full week of December.

The first few weeks of leaf collection is completed with one crew due to the small amount of leaves available for collection.  As that number increases, the Public Works Department will then use two crews to do the bulk of the work.  The first crew begins their route along Stone Mill Road and then proceeds south through Colonial Manor, West Ridge, Bowling Green, Georgetown Hills, Leaf Park, Breezewood, Springdale Farms, Manor Oaks and Shadowstone.  The second crew will begin its collection route in the West Fairway area that includes West Fairway Drive, Joseph Road and Kent Road.  They will then proceed to Fairway Park, West Lancaster, Manor Ridge, Wilshire Hills, Woods Edge, Holland Hills, Parkfield, Washington Boro, Letort Manor, and Perth Hills.

Weather permitting, each crew will begin the above mentioned routes each week starting on Monday mornings and continue in sequence until each area is covered.

Residents who live along Millersville Road and Columbia Avenue will receive leaf collection on the following weeks: October 26th, November 9th and 23rd, and December 7th.

Each year, we remind our residents to follow these simple guidelines:

  • Leaves must be placed in a row along the edge of the street.
  • Leaves must be loose and not bagged for collection.
  • Tree branches, bush trimmings, plants, grass clippings and ornamental grass are prohibited and will not be accepted.  (NOTE: This type of yard waste may be disposed at the Frey Farm Landfill on River Road.  Free yard waste passes to the landfill are available for RESIDENTS only at our Township office).
  • Leaves must be accessible to the collection crew.
  • Leaves that are obstructed by parked vehicles will not be collected.
  • Leaves should not be placed on stormwater drains.

Township residents not serviced by curbside collection may bring their leaves to the Township’s Leaf Compost Facility located at 2996 Charlestown Road, Lancaster for free disposal Monday through Wednesday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., starting on October 19th and continuing until December 9th.  Leaves will be accepted loose or in approved biodegradable bags only.

Saturday hours are as follows: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on

  • October 3rd & 24th
  • November 7th & 21st
  • December 5th