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Invasive Plants: Discard, Don't Recycle
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To help prevent the spread of invasive plants, Cheltenham Township prohibits all of the plants included in the list below from the Township’s spring/summer garden debris recycling program and fall leaf collection program.
Prohibited Invasives
• Garlic Mustard
• Japanese Knotwood
• Multiflora Rose
• Tree of heaven
• Oriental bittersweet
• Mile a minute vine
• Kudzu
• Poison Ivy
• Poison Oak
• Poison Sumac
• Ashwood
• Emerald Bullwash

Invasive plants grow quickly and aggressively, spreading and displacing other plants. They are often introduced either accidentally or on purpose into a region far from their native habitat, where environmental, pest or disease conditions would keep them in balance within their ecosystem. Without these natural limitations, invasives may dislodge native species and damage local ecosystems.

Instead of recycling invasive plants with leaves, grass clippings and other garden debris via biodegradable paper bags (available at the township administration building, libraries and community centers), residents should discard invasive plants and their trimmings in trash bags labeled “Invasive Plants.” A maximum of 20 invasive plant bags may be discarded per trash collection. For larger amounts, residents should contact the Public Works Department at 215-635-4600 about disposal.

To learn more about these invasive plants, including what many look like, visit


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