Borough Offices: 308 Locust Street,
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717-684-2467
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FREE Home Compost Workshops Scheduled  – September 9, 2017 (Columbia Borough)

The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) is partnering with municipalities, institutions, community organizations and Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County to conduct home compost workshops where residents will learn how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash. Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves, and other organic materials and turn them into a useful and valuable soil amendment.

Workshop attendees will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket and enter a raffle for a home compost bin courtesy of LCSWMA.

Lancaster County residents are invited to attend either of the home compost workshops scheduled. If required, residents should pre-register by no later than Friday at noon prior to the workshop they’ll be attending.

  • September 9 at the Borough of Columbia Yard Waste Facility located at 254 Blue Lane accessible from Route 441 (River Road), Columbia. In case of rain, the workshop will be held at the Columbia Borough Public Works Building located at 431 South Front Street, Columbia. The workshop is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact Columbia Borough at (717) 684-2467 Ext. 7317 or email
  • October 14 at the Millport Conservancy located at 737 East Millport Road, Lititz. The workshop is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the Warwick Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 626-8900 or email

The Borough Farm is open the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm for resident drop-off.

Map To Borough Farm

Check out Columbia Borough in the September 2008 BIO CYCLE magazine.

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Collection and Processing
Leaves are collected each fall with a vacuum system. All collected and deposited materials are transported to the Borough Farm, where they are combined with materials from our partnering municipalities prior to processing. Presently, Columbia Borough has partnered with four neighboring townships and boroughs in an effort to maximize compost production and its associated benefits. Our partners include: Millersville Borough, East Hempfield Township, Wrightsville Borough, and Marietta Borough.


As materials are brought to the farm, incoming haulers must first weigh their loads. In the summer of 2005, Columbia Borough purchased a weight scale to help ensure accurate weights were recorded. Not only is this important for billing purposes, it also helps the facility operators keep track of the volume of waste being processed.


Once at the farm, the leaves are formed into large windrows (piles) to begin curing. These windrows are maintained by our operators on a regular basis, with scheduled watering and turning cycles to sustain proper decomposition.


Yard wastes, such as sticks, limbs, and shrubs, must be shredded with a tub grinder prior to windrow formation in order to accelerate decomposition.


After yard waste materials are ground, the trommel screen is used to separate the large woodchips from the small silt materials. Silt materials are then formed into windrows to begin degradation, while the large woodchips are ready for immediate use as mulch.


Similar to the leaves, silt windrows are routinely watered and turned to achieve optimal rates of degradation.

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