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Free yard waste disposal could return to Hilltown

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Hilltown residents may soon again be able to dispose of certain yard waste for free locally.

Hilltown Solicitor Stephen Harris told the board of supervisors at their Jan. 27 meeting that the township is in discussion with Britton Industries about an arrangement that would allow residents to deposit yard waste at the company’s facility at 4108 Bethlehem Pike, Telford, at select times.

“The township wants to keep the yard waste recycling program going,” Harris said. “Hopefully, this will come to fruition.”

In August 2019, supervisors voted to permanently shutter a township-controlled dump yard where residents had been able to deposit particular yard waste.

Rampant abuse and habitual flouting of the rules for using the yard prompted fed up township officials to enact the closure.

The township dump was intended to be a place where residents could dispose, for free, of yard waste like tree limbs up to a certain size, branches, Christmas trees, and other similar trees and shrubs.

Still, private citizens and businesses alike were dumping all manner of disallowed matter. Even animals were left at the site. Businesses were prohibited from using the yard.

Now, however, the local Britton Industries site could be an option for scrupulous residents who observe what rules the company could put in place for dumping of vegetative yard waste, officials said. It’s unclear what those rules might be at this point, Harris said.

He said use of the facility would be free for residents and not cost the township anything.

Founded in 1989, Britton Industries produces and supplies mulch utilizing what the firm describes as “green” technology. The company makes millions of yards of product annually in order to cater to landscapers, garden centers, contractors and municipalities.

The company has recycling centers in Morrisville, Lawrenceville, N.J., and Marlton, N.J.


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