The compost facility is located at 161 Locust Street in Talmage (in front of the wastewater treatment plant). The facility is open 24/7 year-round, except for Wednesdays when it is closed for grinding between 8am and 3:30pm. A key card is required to gain entry into the facility. Township residents (and non-residents) can drop off yard and woody waste (no large tree stumps please) at the facility and also take some mulch if it is available. The mulch must be loaded by hand. No large machinery is allowed at the compost facility.
The key cards are free to West Earl Township residents (photo ID is required, only one card will be issued for each household). Each card is pre-loaded with 20 entries. No more than 20 entries will be loaded onto the card per year. Once all 20 entries are used, residents may call the Township office to have the card refilled with 20 more entries (as long as it is not within the same year). If a card is lost, a new card will be issued for a $5 fee. If a card is damaged or is not working properly, a replacement card will be issued free-of-charge.
If you live outside West Earl Township you can purchase a key card (photo ID is required) to gain entry into the compost facility. Each entry costs $20 for residential users and $50 for commercial users. Cards can be purchased at the West Earl Township office (157 W. Metzler Road, Brownstown. PLEASE NOTE THAT CARDS WILL NO LONGER BE SOLD AT THE UPPER LEACOCK TOWNSHIP OFFICE (as of January 25, 2017 they have a few remaining cards for sale. Once their supply is gone no more cards will be available at their office.) ALL CARDS MUST NOW BE PURCHASED AT THE WEST EARL TOWNSHIP OFFICE.