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.


Proof of residency (valid Maryland Driver's License) required for residential customers to dispose at Tollgate Residential Drop-Off Facility or the Mulch and Compost Facility.

Commercial customers must provide a work order showing the yard trim originated in Harford County. The work order must be dated within 3 business days of the current date, include the address of the work performed, and the type of work performed. Commercial customers may only utilize the Mulch and Compost Facility for disposal.


Drop-Off SitesHours 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.
Residential Customers only - NO contractors, NO dual-axle trailers, NO trailers longer than 12 feet.

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