Brush & Leaf Collection


Dover Township Building & Grounds would like to share some of the issues we encounter during leaf and brush collection.  Your help can speed up these operations, control costs, and create a safer working environment for our crews.

Dover Township is the second largest township in York County with the third largest population. Our crews must cover 121 miles of township roads and 49 miles of state roads to complete a single pass.   That’s over 340 miles up one side of the road and down the other. This distance equals a round trip drive from Dover Township to Ocean City, New Jersey (346 miles via I-76).  A single pass can be completed in approximately one week if we are lucky enough to have no interruption or issues.

Here are some things that can really help us to continue to give you this great service:




Fall brush collection will begin the 3rd full week of September

We will continue to ask that you have your brush ready for pick up 7:00 A.M. Monday of the week your area is due. This will allow us to complete your area with one pass of brush collection to reduce costs.

Map of the Township divided into five sections.AREA # 1

September 16, 2019- Area between East Canal Road from Dover borough to Bull Road and Carlisle Road from Dover borough to the West Manchester/Dover township border will be collected this week.

AREA # 2   

September 23, 2019 – Area between Carlisle road from Dover borough to the West Manchester/Dover township border and West Canal road from Dover Borough to the Paradise Township/Dover Township border will be collected this week.

AREA # 3

September 30, 2019 – Area between West Canal road from Dover Borough to the Washington township/Dover Township border and Carlisle Road from Dover Borough to the Warrington Township/Dover Township Border.

AREA # 4

October 7, 2019 – Area between Carlisle Road from Dover Borough to the Warrington Township/Dover Township Border to East Canal Road from Dover Borough to Bull Road will be collected this week.

NOTE: These changes do not affect curbside leaf collection.


Brush collection guide for curbside pick up

These guides have been developed by the rules of the processing companies where we take your brush. Also some of the rules have been developed to give us the ability to handle and load your brush onto our truck. Some of the rules help us eliminate damaging your property.

Some are developed to create expedience to lower the costs of brush collection. And some are to create better safety conditions for our crews working on busy roadways.

When using the brush drop area.

Please apply the appropriate rules to the brush drop off area (marked with *).

IMG_0887Here are some things you can do to help us:

Guide #1: Size and distances

  • Branches must be cut to a length 8’ or less and a diameter of 10” or less. *
  • Brush piles that are placed parallel to the street is much easier to pick up with our grappler.
  • When placing your brush pile at the curb make sure the rear of the brush pile is no more than 10’ from the edge of the roadway.

Guide #2: Eligible and ineligible materialsIMG_0882

  • Fall grass, grass clippings and Bamboo will not be accepted at the brush processing company. * We cannot collect it with the brush. *
  • Shrubbery can be collected but only if the root ball is removed. *

Guide #3: Safety

  • Safety rules to protect our work crews include flagging busy roads or roads with blind spots.
  • Collecting your brush requires us to use large equipment which causes us to close the roadway for a short period of time. Please be patient and wait for us to clear. Or follow directions of the flaggers.

IMG_0890Guide #4: Brush Drop Area

  • Dover Township provides a brush drop off area. This drop off area is located to the rear of the township office 2480 West Canal Road.
  • Drop off operation are the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month and is open from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.






Fall Leaf Collection to be determined.


  • 1012692_10152594967989807_4162037765552859693_n Leaves should be raked to the curb and placed in a linear pile.
  • Try to place leaves to be easily accessible and away from objects such as poles, mailboxes, etc.
  • Do not park vehicles in front of or on top of leaf piles.
  • We cannot accept grass clippings since we do not have place to take them. Place grass clippings in bags and put them with your trash collection.
  • Please do not mix brush or shrubbery into leaf piles brush. These items will not pass through the leaf machine and get stuck in the vacuum tube.  This can become a time-consuming and costly problem for us.

Leaf collection is a labor intensive process. Unfortunately, it also coincides with the holiday season as well as deer season when employees want time off.  Mother Nature adds to the chaos with a threat of the dreaded snowfall.  A single crew consists of two dump trucks with drivers, a leaf machine with an operator and a leaf raker. It takes 4 people to create a leaf collection crew.  The Township owns three leaf machines and we do our best to have all three machines with crews on the streets, but because of the time of year, it is difficult to steadily man all three machines at once.  If snowfall would occur during leaf collection, we have to strip leaf equipment from the dump trucks, take care of the snow, then re-equip the trucks with leaf equipment and continue leaf collection. Resumption of leaf collection can only occur if the snowfall is not too great.  A significant snow can cover the leaf piles, making it impossible to locate, especially if covered with plowed snow.

DSC04312Our goal for 2016 is to complete three full rounds, and increase service on our flagging roads.  A flagging road is defined as a road that has a high volume of traffic, has dangerous hills or curves that limits your visibility to see our work crews, or a roadway that has a higher speed limit.  Leaf and brush collection are rated per Penn-DOT as a moving work zone, such trash collectors and recycling collection. Signage moves with the crews and may cause confusion to the motorist.  Our crews do wear the required bright apparel for your safety and ours.

Flagging Roads

Admire Road Davidsburg Road Harmony Grove Road
Emig Mill Road West Canal road Clearview Road
Ruppert Road East Canal Road Sky Top Trail
South Salem Church Road Fox Run Road Nursery Road
Baker Road Bull Road Mountain Road
Carlisle Road Hilton Avenue Poplars Road
Butter Road Oakland Road Rohlers Church Road
North Salem Church Road Old Carlisle Road Park Street
Cardinal Lane Blackberry Road Grenway Road
Temple School Road Cherry Orchard Road George Street
Taxville Road Schoolhouse Road Beisecker Road





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