Yard Trim Drop-Off Sites

Yard trim is grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, brush, and branches (see below for lists acceptable and unacceptable materials). Harford County processes yard trim into mulch and compost year round, which is available for purchase while quantities last. Harford County residents may also self-load up to the equivalent of three (3) 30-gallon containers of mulch and/or compost, when available, at no cost.



Plastic bags are difficult and costly to remove from yard trim as we process it into mulch and compost. Eliminating plastic bags for drop-off will help us make better products, save taxpayers’ money and protect our environment.

Yard trim can be dropped off loose, in bundles, in paper bags or cardboard boxes, or emptied from reusable containers such as trash cans, totes, or plastic bags. For customers with curbside pickup, please contact your hauler as their requirements may vary.


Drop-Off Sites Hours of Operation
Harford Waste Disposal Center
Mulch and Compost Facility
3135 Scarboro Road
Street, MD 21154 
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sales are Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Tollgate Road Site
703 North Tollgate Road
Bel Air, MD 21014

Trailers shall not exceed 12 ft. in length.

(No Contractors, Residents ONLY)

April - November:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday
December - March:  Saturday Only 

7 a.m. - 3 p.m.



Acceptable Yard Trim

  • Brush and Bush Trimmings (maximum 6ft. & 6in. diameter)
  • Christmas Trees
  • Flower and Vegetable Garden Plant Material 
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Tree Trimmings (maximum 6ft. long and 6in. diameter)

A collage of large equipment clearing yard debris

Unacceptable Yard Trim

  • Bamboo
  • Construction and Building Materials
  • Dirt
  • Diseased and Infested Plant Material
  • Fencing and Fence Posts
  • Landscaping Ties
  • Logs (exceeding 6 inches in diameter)
  • Manufactured Wood and Lumber
  • Noxious Weeds
  • Plastic Bags (effective September 1, 2017)
  • Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac
  • Railroad and Telephone Pole Timbers
  • Rocks
  • Shrub/Tree Root Balls
  • Stumps
  • Trash

Mulch & Compost Loading Disclaimer
While our operators are skilled professionals, if you choose to have our operators load your vehicle, you assume all responsibility for any damage to your vehicle during loading or transport due to the weight of the materials, or spillage of material out of your vehicle. If you choose not to accept this responsibility, you may load materials yourself by hand.

Please note motor vehicle laws require loads to be secure. You may need to secure or cover your load upon leaving our facility. Securing or covering the load is your responsibility.

Material Use Disclaimer

Applying fresh mulch to planting beds or lawn can lead to plant burn. For best results, let mulch cool for 24 hours before application.