The Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center
The Department of Parks and Recreation has an organic recycling center in West Fairmount Park. Accepted materials are leaves, grass clippings, wood chips, brush and herbivore manure. Materials available for pick up are compost, wood chips, shredded wood mulch and herbivore manure. Location:
3850 Ford Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-685-0108 Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (April-October)
For residential use, city residents may obtain compost, mulch, wood chips and herbivore manure. There is no charge for small amounts of materials (up to a 30 gallon can). Residents that wish to obtain more than the free allotment must purchase the materials. (Please refer to the rates listed under "Commercial Information").
Upon arrival at the Center, residents must provide their driver's license to Recycling Center staff to demonstrate proof of residency. Residents must also complete a daily log-in sheet and waiver form prior to loading materials onto their vehicles.There is a public section for those wishing to pickup free materials. (Cars Only) Purchased materials can be loaded with a front end loader by Park Staff. (Trucks, trailers)
Logs are also available for cutting into firewood. There is no charge.
Interested parties must follow the above instructions and must bring their own tools. (Chain saw and splitter recommended for cutting logs into firewood.)
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2015, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE WILL BE AN INCREASE OF $5 PER TON ON PICK-UP AND DISPOSAL FEES. THIS IS OUR FIRST PRICE ADJUSTMENT SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE RECYCLING CENTER'S BUSINESS PROGRAM IN 2009.
The Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center permits commercial businesses to dispose of leaves, grass clippings, brush, herbivore manure and wood chips for a tipping fee and to purchase screened leaf compost, shredded wood mulch, herbivore manure and wood chips. Commercial businesses are required to complete a registration form to participate in the recycling program. Registered businesses will receive permits that restrict them to certain roadways for hauling materials.
Provided below are links to the Registration Form, Price Sheet for pick-up and disposal rates, latest Compost Analysis Report, highlighting the quality of the Center's screened leaf compost, and a Compost Use Directions Sheet, listing all approved applications for our compost.
Compost Analysis Report
Compost Use Direction Sheet
Proceeds from the Center are reinvested into the facility to keep it operational. To date, the following improvements have been made to the facility using the Center's proceeds and funding sources from the Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Streets Department:
Compost Trommel Screen ($331,446 - coming in April 2015!!!)
Horizontal, Wood Processing Grinder ($324,650)
Scale System ($44,449)
Grapple Attachment for Loading Logs ($21,750)
Directional and Informational Signage ($1,287)
In the future we hope to raise enough funds to purchase a new Compost Turner to replace the existing on site machine and continue processing and providing clean, finished compost. And after many years, we have finally secured enough proceeds and additional funding to purchase a brand new Trommel Screen so thank you for your patronage and helping us to keep this program going!
About Our Compost and Other Information
Screened Leaf Compost is made from leaves and herbivore manure. No sewage or sludge material is used in the processing of the compost. The Department's compost is approved for various applications and is tested periodically through the US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance Program.
All disposed materials must be clean and delivered separately. No plastic bags, metal or trash of any kind will be accepted.
Credit cards, checks ONLY. No cash accepted.
The Department has the right to refuse disposal of any materials.