Delaware County Solid Waste

and Recycling



COMPOST

Map to Compost Farm, please click link below:

Concord Road & Incinerator Road
Aston, PA 19014/Chester Township, PA  19013

Compost Availability Update


Compost will be available for pick up by Delaware County residents only (businesses and out-of-county residents will be turned away), free of charge from the Chester Transfer Station which is located at Incinerator Road, Chester Township, 19014; Monday through Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. until the current crop is exhausted (typically sometime in early June).  Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, compost will only be available at the Marple Transfer Station, 895 Sussex Blvd., Broomall, PA 19008 on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the months of April and May. 

About Delco's Composting Program:

The Delaware County Solid Waste Authority (DCSWA) operates a 9 acre Compost Farm where it composts approximately 6 million pounds of leaves and yardwaste annually. Leaves and yardwaste are placed in windrows where they are monitored, turned, shredded and left to compost. By late summer the following year, this compost, often referred to as 'black gold' goes through a final screening phase and is made available to the public, free of charge. Soil additive and/or mulch are the most popular uses for this 'black gold'.

Before it was mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, DCSWA saw the need to preserve landfill space by removing leaves from the waste stream. There were no other counties in the state in the Compost Farm business and very few municipalities operated their own Compost Farm. In the early 1990's, only two Delaware County Municipalities operated their own Compost Farm, Swarthmore and Newtown. Currently, Nether Providence works the farm along with Swarthmore and Radnor operates their own Compost Farm.

Initially, DCSWA opened the Farm only for leaves. Beginning December 2007, municipalities were encouraged to bring Christmas Trees free of tinsel, lights and ornaments to the Farm for composting. The Farm has been open to all municipalities, their designated contractors and permitted landscapers, bringing yardwaste from residential and commercial properties. All forty-nine municipalities are encouraged to bring their fall leaves to DCSWA's Compost Farm. 

Expanding on this once again in 2008, the Compost Farm allowed municipalities, designated contractors and permitted landscapers to bring their spring yardwaste to us. Because the need existed, we opened the Farm on the third Wednesday of each month, February through September where Delaware County municipalities and residents may drop off shrubs, twigs, tree trimmings no larger than 4" in diameter or bundles no longer than 4'. Grass clippings WILL NOT be accepted.  The hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proof of Delaware County residency will be required.

Map to Compost Farm, please click link below:

Concord Road & Incinerator Road
Aston, PA 19014/Chester Township, PA  19013