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 30-gallon containers of mulch and/or compost, when available, at no cost. For more information on mulch and compost, including availability, visit the Mulch and Compost Facility page under Harford Waste Disposal Center.



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.

Disposal is for residents only, no contractors are permitted; trailers may not exceed 12 feet long.


Drop-Off Sites Hours of Operation
Harford Mulch & Compost Facility
3139 Scarboro Road
Street, MD 21154 
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sales are Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Tollgate Residential Yard Trim
703 North Tollgate Road
Bel Air, MD 21014

April - November: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
December - March: Saturday only 
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Residents only - NO contractors or trailers longer than 12 ft.


Acceptable yard trim

  • Brush and bush trimmings (maximum 6 feet long, 6 inches wide)
  • Christmas trees
  • Flower and vegetable garden plant material 
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Tree trimmings (maximum 6 feet long, 6 inches wide)

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
  • Poison ivy, oak and sumac
  • Railroad and telephone pole timbers
  • Rocks
  • Shrub/tree root balls
  • Stumps
  • Trash