Yard Waste Facility


1480 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 865-7082
(located at the intersection of Schoenersville Rd. & Eaton Ave.)


Tuesday to Saturday: 9 am to 3 pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed

This facility is closed during the months of DECEMBER, FEBRUARY AND MARCH.

Facility closed during the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President's Day
Good Friday
Election Day (May)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Election Day (November)

NOTE 1: You must be a qualified resident and/or property owner in the City of Bethlehem to utilize the compost center. Non-residents may not pick up compost and/or mulch or drop off any materials. The only exception is Hanover Township and Fountain Hill qualified residents may purchase compost cards from their municipal buildings. Commercial businesses and institutions are not permitted to utilize the facility.

NOTE 2: Qualified residents and/or property owners that wish to utilize larger vehicles (ie: box trucks, rental trucks or small trailers NO larger than 20 feet) to bring their materials to the facility MUST receive prior written authorization by the Recycling Bureau. We suggest you contact the Recycling Bureau office a few days before you plan on using the facility.  If you arrive at the facility without prior authorization from the Recycling Bureau, you will be denied access.  WE DO NOT PERMIT DUAL AXLE TRAILERS, DUMP TRUCKS, DUMP TRAILERS OR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES INTO OUR FACILITY.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

NOTE 3: Pick up trucks can no longer be self loaded. We have a 3 / 30 gal limit of how much mulch/compost can be self loaded. During the week when we are not busy, we will allow for more bins to be self loaded.

NOTE 4: For the safety of all our customers, employees and your beloved animals, pets are not permitted in the Yardwaste Facility.

NOTE 5: During Summer and Winter months when real feel temperatures approach 100 or 0, this facility may close unexpectedly and without notice.

What to compost:

The City of Bethlehem Yardwaste Facility provides a place for qualified residents and/or property owners in the city to dispose of their yard waste.

Acceptable Material:
  • Branches - no larger than 4 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length.
  • Small brush.
  • Hedge trimmings.
  • Garden plant residue.
  • Leaves - loose or in brown paper bags ONLY!
  • Christmas trees free of tinsel, ornaments and tree stands.
Non-acceptable Material:
  • Grass
  • Sod
  • Ornamental grass
  • Tree Stumps
  • Hay/Straw
  • Root Balls
  • Soil
  • Mulch
  • Bamboo
  • Cornstalks
  • Pumpkins

Loading Services:

We also provide loading services for those who wish to have their trucks loaded with mulch or compost.
The fee for loading is $10.00/cubic yard.
Self loading and machine loading hours:  Tuesday through Saturday 9 am to 2:45 pm

Pennsylvania law dictates that all materials must be properly secured and covered with a tarp while traveling on public thoroughfares. This includes trips to and from the Yardwaste Facility.


What Do You Do With Grass Clippings?

Cut your grass and let it lay. It's an excellent source of nitrogen for your lawn and doesn't cause thatch. Many people have found that it helps to get a mulching mower or to put a mulching blade on your current mower (conversion kits are available for many types of mowers). Mulching mowers and blades help to shred the grass into small pieces, thereby causing grass to decompose more quickly. 

Or, place grass clippings on your vegetable garden or around your hedges. Your soil will retain more moisture and be enriched with nitrogen.