Woody Waste Facility


The Lancaster Township Woody Waste Facility is a free service available to all residents of Lancaster Township, not businesses.

The facility is located behind Maple Grove Community Park at 1420 Columbia Ave. You can reach the entrance by entering from Columbia Ave and heading straight back, or from the one-way service road on Elm Ave behind Stone Mill Plaza. There is no access from Meadowcreek Ln.

The 2024 Woody Waste Facility reopened on Monday, April 1st. 

The operational hours for the season are below:
CLICK HERE TO SEE A FULL CALENDAR FOR APRIL THRU NOVEMBER


From 5/24/24 to 10/6/24:
Weekday hours are Monday through Thursday from 3PM to 7PM
Saturday Hours are 8AM to 1PM
Fridays and Sundays CLOSED
Bulk Mulch Loading BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

From 10/7/24 to 11/3/24:
Weekday hours are Monday through Thursday from 2PM to 6PM
Saturday Hours are 8AM to 1PM
Fridays and Sundays CLOSED
Bulk Mulch Loading BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

From 11/4/24 to 11/27/24:
Weekday hours are Monday through Thursday from 2PM to 5PM
Saturday Hours are 8AM to 1PM
Fridays and Sundays CLOSED
Bulk Mulch Loading BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
(REMINDER: After 11/27/24 we will shift to a Winter Operation Schedule)

Woody Waste Facility is CLOSED on the following dates in 2024:
  • All Fridays and Sundays
  • Saturday, May 25th (Memeorial Day Weekend)
  • Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day)
  • Thursday, July 4th (Independence Day)
  • Saturday, July 6th (Independence Day Weekend)
  • Saturday, August 31st (Labor Day Weekend)
  • Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day)
Operational Notes:
  • Access is one-way only via the Elm Avenue service road located behind the Giant Store at Stone Mill Plaza.
  • All traffic must exit via Columbia Avenue (eastbound; right turn only).
  • Service is for Lancaster Township residents ONLY—have ID ready for the gate attendant.
  • NO commercial landscapers (work-for-hire individuals).
  • Access to the facility will be controlled.
  • Severe weather events may cause the closure of the facility.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO LUMBER OF ANY KIND ALLOWED. YARD WASTE/NATURAL WOOD ONLY.
  • NO BAGS, including Bio Bags, are to be left at the facility. ALL bags must be dumped & taken with you.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO DUMPING OF WOODY WASTE OUTSIDE OF ENTRANCE GATE. The area is under video surveillance; violators will be cited.
  • AS OF JUNE 2023, BIOBAGS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT OUR WOODY WASTE FACILITY
Grass Clippings:
  • The township woody waste facility DOES NOT ACCEPT grass clippings. It is recommended you mulch your grass with your lawnmower, and let it decompose back into the ground which is beneficial to the soil. Read the full notice regarding non-acceptance of grass clippings here.
  • Martin Mulch Products in Ephrata (located at 55 Woodcrest Drive), will accept grass clippings FOR A FEE. Call them directly for information on cost and hours – (717) 733-1602.

Questions or concerns regarding the woody waste facility: