Yard Debris Center

Operational Information

Street Division Hotline

(937) 296-3255


1840 Woodman Center Drive, Kettering, OH 45420

Residency Requirements

  • Proof of Kettering Residency/ taxpayer status is required when dropping off yard debris.

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours

  • Begin first Monday in March
  • End the first Saturday in December after normal operational hours
  • Mondays-Fridays:  3:00-8:00 PM
  • Saturdays:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Sundays:  Closed
  • Holidays:  Closed
  • Please note the Yard Debris Center may be closed during inclement weather conditions.
  • The Yard Debris Center will be closed on Monday, April 8th, 2024 due to the eclipse event.

Winter Hours

  • Begin the second Saturday in December
  • Saturdays Only:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Expand to summer hours on the first Monday in March

Yard Debris

Accepted Yard Debris

  • Brush, limbs, and trimmings
  • Above yard debris should be not be larger than 6 feet in length or 4 inches in diameter.
  • Items exceeding above specifications may be refused.
  • Trimmings transported in bags and/or containers must be emptied upon drop-off and the bags and/or containers must be removed from the Yard Debris Center.

Unaccepted Yard Debris

  • Grass clippings
  • Root balls
  • Stumps
  • Thatch
  • Sod
  • Dirt
  • Rocks
  • Concrete
  • Building and construction materials

Yard Debris FAQs

No, the city does not pick-up yard debris.  Yard debris must be brought to the Yard Debris Center or disposed of with your trash service.

Yard debris is used as part of our free mulch/compost program available for Kettering Residents.  The yard debris is ground in a tub grinder and sent to our composting site. After grinding, 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.

Certain yard debris items contaminate the composting process and can cause equipment failure.

There are several ways to dispose of unaccepted yard debris:

  • Montgomery County Solid Waste District may accept some of these materials. Please call (937) 225-4999 for more information.
  • Rumpke will service yard wasted with your regular trash collection on your service day.  Please call 1-800-828-8171 for more information.
Each fall, we pick-up the leaves residents rake to their 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! For more information on our Resident Mulch & Compost Program, please click here.
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