Yardwaste Facility:

The City of Bethlehem Yardwaste Facility is located at the intersection of Schoenersville Road and Eaton Avenue (across from Martin Tower).

The facility is closed during the months of December, February & March.


Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

NOTE 1: You must be a resident of 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: Residents and property owners that wish to utilize commercial vehicles (ie: dump trucks, landscaping vehicles, box trucks, rental trucks or dual axle trailers) to bring their materials to the facility MUST receive prior written authorization by the Recycling Bureau.

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 residents, 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 residents of the city to dispose of their yard waste.


  • 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.

Not Accepted

  • Grass
  • Sod
  • Tree Stumps
  • Hay/Straw
  • Root Balls
  • Soil
  • Mulch

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.

Call 610-865-7082 for loading hours.


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.

Yard Waste & Compost

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.