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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.
3870 Ford Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (April-October)

Philadelphia Residents

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.)

Commercial Information

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.
Registration Form
Price Sheet
Compost Analysis Report
Compost Use Direction Sheet

Site Improvements

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:

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 and Trommel Screen to replace the existing on site machines and continue processing and providing clean, finished compost.

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.

Recycling Center Stats (2013)

Number of visitors to recycling center: 4,506
Tons of brush received: 684
Tons of compost used: 794
Tons of firewood removed by public: 206
Tons of grass clippings received: 38
Tons of leaves received: 1,033
Tons of manure received: 947
Tons of mulch used: 771
Tons of wood/logs received: 994
Total non-sales (City departments): $156,038
Total non-sales (public giveaway): $9,624
Total sales: $75,980
Total value of the center: $241,642