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The 'Rules' of LP Yard Waste

With the rough winter we’ve had, it is no wonder that many Lower Providence residents will soon be enjoying the weather of the newly arrived spring. As you head out of doors, you might realize how messy your yard became over the winter months.

Many are raking the late-falling leaves, picking up downed sticks and branches, and prepping the yard for greener days. In doing so, the township reminds its residents of the best ways to discard of any yard waste.

“As part of its regular service, J.P. Mascaro & Sons collects yard waste every Wednesday,” said the township’s website.

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While the free service is included in your quarterly bills, there are some basic rules to follow. By meeting the requirements for pick-up, you can ease both your life and the pick-up crews’ day too.

Residents should remember to:


·      Cut branches to three foot in length

·      Bundle branches with twine

·      Make bundles 40 pounds or less

·      Alternatively place branches in an open container

·      Stack branches no higher than container’s top

·      Place only branches two inches in diameter or less


According to the Mascaro website, the organization cannot accept tree roots.

“Branches can be no longer than four feet in length or two inches in diameter,” said the waste collectors website.

Anything over four feet in length or of a greater diameter cannot be picked up. Branches are not the only thing J.P. Mascaro & Sons will dispose of for Lower Providence residents.

“Yard waste, leaves, and lawn clippings only may be placed in open-top containers or compostable paper bags (available at most home stores),” said Mascaro’s site. “No plastic bags [may be used].”

The yard waste collectors also pick up Christmas trees on Wednesday collections. Those requesting vacuum leaf collection may do so through Mascaro, but will be required to pay a “premium service” fee at an additional cost.

In a special service from Lower Providence Township, the branches thicker than four inches in diameter are to be placed curbside, as, starting March 24, township crews will be by to chip them for residents.

A street by street listing of pick-up dates by the township is listed here.

"If rain prevents chipping, the street will be moved to the end of the schedule," said the township website."Once the crew has completed a road, they will not be able to return for a second round. Only branches can be accepted.  Homeowners will be responsible for disposal of other debris."

For more information on J.P. Mascaro & Sons services, call 800-432-1616 or visit the website at

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