Invasive Plants: Discard, Don't Recycle

To help prevent the spread of invasive plants, the Township now prohibits all invasive plants in both the fall leaf collection program and spring/summer garden debris recycling program. Invasive plants should be discarded with household waste.

State law requires the Township to recycle most yard waste. The Public Works Department composts all of the material collected at the Waverly Road Compost Facility. The resulting compost is offered back free to residents to enrich their yards and gardens. Although the high temperatures generated during the composting process kill most seeds, keeping invasive plants out of the composting stream provides additional assurance.

Unfortunately, invasive plants tend to grow quickly and aggressively, spreading and often displacing other plants. Such plants were introduced either accidentally or on purpose into regions far from their native habitat, where environmental, pest or disease conditions would keep them in balance within their ecosystem. Without these natural limitations, invasives may damage local ecosystems.

There is no need to recycle invasive plants so biodegradable paper bags don't need to be used, residents should discard invasive plants and their trimmings with household refuse in trash bags they mark as “Invasive Plants.” A maximum of 20 invasive plant bags may be discarded per trash collection. For larger amounts, residents should contact the Public Works Department at 215-635-4600 about disposal.

Below are some examples of invasive plants common to the area that should NOT be recycled in the Township's collection programs:

Garlic Mustard Flier on Discarding Invasive Plants
Japanese Knotweed
Multiflora Rose
Tree of heaven
Oriental bittersweet
Mile a minute vine
• Ash tree - to prevent spread of Emerald Ash borer
• Poison Ivy
• Poison Oak
• Poison Sumac

See the PA Dept of Conversation and Natural Resources website for a list of invasive plants.