Yard Debris Center & Compost Facility

Yard Debris, Compost & Mulch

The Yard Debris Center will close Monday, December 8 and reopen Monday, March 2.


Information Line: (937) 296-3255

1840 Woodman Center Drive

Yard Debris Shed-n-Stops-n-Sign_000Open March through December:
Monday through Friday: 3 PM – 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 3 PM

  • Closed December, January & February
  • Closed Holidays
  • Closed during hazardous weather

*Please be prepared to present proof 
of residency when dropping off debris.

Please adhere to the following specifications when dropping material at our yard debris site:

Brush, limbs and trimmings should be cut to 6′ length and 4″ diameter. Items exceeding these specifications may be refused.

Yard debris we cannot accept:

• Grass Clippings
• Thatch
• Sod
• Dirt
• Rocks
• Concrete
• Building and Construction Materials

The above listed items contaminate the composting process and cause equipment failure. However, Montgomery County Solid Waste District may accept some of these materials. Please call (937) 225-4999 for more information.

Yard debris pick-up

The EPA has recently determined that yard waste material aids landfill decomposition.  Therefore, specially marked bags for yard waste collection are no longer required.

Yard waste will now be serviced by Waste Management along with your regular household trash.  Yard waste may be placed in any type 35 gallon container (metal or plastic) or 32 gallon bag (paper or plastic).  Containers of grass clippings, green plants, garden trimmings and leaves must be placed at the curb or alley side for collection on your regular trash pickup day.

Tied or bundled tree limbs and brush must also be placed at the curb or alley side.  Tree limbs and brush can be no longer than 4′ in length and need to be either tied or bundled; bundles cannot exceed 2′ in diameter.  Residents may also continue to take tree limbs and brush to the City’s Yard Debris Drop-off Center located on Woodman Center Drive.

For further information on Waste Management’s program, you may call 1-866-263-6445.

What happens to your yard debris?

Yard debris is ground in a tub grinder and transported to our composting site. Material is laid in rows to decompose. The rows are turned regularly to introduce air and moisture. The end product is a rich organic soil and mulch. link to yard-debris PDF

Leaf Compost & Mulch

Each fall, we pick-up the leaves residents rake curbside. The collected leaves are taken to our “leaf farm”, where the material is processed and made into leaf compost. In the Spring, when the leaves have formed a rich compost, it is made available to the residents of Kettering for free! Material may be picked up at Indian Riffle Park on Stroop Rd.

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Volunteers from Kettering Citizens Police Academy will be on site to “spot check” vehicles. Please be prepared to present proof of residency or tax-payer status when picking up wood chips or leaf compost.

Please note: The City of Kettering does not deliver mulch or compost.