Yard Waste Facility


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


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

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

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 residents may purchase compost cards from their municipal buildings. Commercial businesses and institutions are not permitted to utilize the facility without prior written approval by the Recycling Bureau.

NOTE 2: Qualified residents and/or property owners that wish to utilize larger vehicles (ie: box trucks, rental trucks or trailers over 12 feet) to bring their materials to the facility MUST receive prior written authorization by the Recycling Bureau.  We do not permit dual axle trailers, dump trucks or commercial vehicles into our facility.  If you arrive at the facility without prior authorization from the Recycling Bureau, you will be denied access.

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.

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 and ornaments.
Non-acceptable Material:
  • Grass
  • Sod
  • Ornamental grass
  • Tree Stumps
  • Hay/Straw
  • Root Balls
  • Soil
  • Mulch
  • Bamboo

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:  Monday 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.