After much deliberation by the Board of Commissioners, and lots of melting of snow and ice, Lower Merion has finalized a storm-related yard debris collection plan. Compared to standard collection procedures, this plan requires less cutting and bundling of limbs by homeowners than is the standard for the Township. Under normal circumstances, the Township collects small branches left at the curb if cut into lengths no greater than four feet and tied into bundles that weigh no more than 40 pounds.
In the plan just announced, limbs and branches may be up to 10 feet long and up to 15 inches in diameter, and they do not have to be bundled. However, they must be brought to the curb (or immediately next to the sidewalk) by the homeowner within a certain time limit, after which crews will go back to standard collection procedures.
The special collection schedule is based on the normal days of trash collection:
If your normal trash collection day is on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, your yard debris will be collected during the week of March 24 to March 28.
If your normal trash collection day is on Thursday, your yard debris will be collected Monday, March 31, Tuesday or Wednesday, April 1 and 2.
If your normal trash collection day is on Friday, your yard debris will be collected Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, April 7 – 9.
After the special debris collection period expires, standard collection procedures go back into effect. Any and all yard debris can be taken to the Koegel Complex in Penn Valley either by the homeowner or a contractor. Dumping fees will be waived provided the homeowner accompanies the contractor to the complex.