Waste Management of PA - Bucks County Landfills

Morrisville, Pennsylvania, United States

Certified Gold through 2023

Project Name
Project Type
WMPA Laboratory for Learning Demonstration Garden
Monarch Butterfly
Promoting Pollinators in the Community
Awareness & Community Engagement

About the Program

Waste Management’s Bucks County Landfill is a working landfill located just north of Philadelphia.  The project team has designed a demonstration garden of 0.11 acres for pollinators and converted a 0.40-acre hay field into a wildflower meadow. The garden and meadow habitats are connected to other adjacent pollinator habitats and have served as a focal point for the local community to learn about, and engage in, pollinator conservation practices. The project team has carefully selected the conservation objectives by which success is measured. These include broad categories of promoting a healthy habitat for pollinators and increasing community awareness of pollinator conservation.

Practices and Impacts

  • In May 2014, the team installed the .05-acre “Laboratory for Learning” demonstration garden, which contains native flowering plants that provide foraging opportunities and host plants for a pollinator species. The area was expanded in 2017 and is now .11 acres in size.  The wildlife team maintains the area by mulching, weeding, controlling invasive species, dividing overgrown plants, deadheading, installing plant labels, edging and maintaining the walking path.  No pesticides are used to control infestations of invasive plants. Instead, the team utilizes biological controls such as the planting of marigolds and the manual removal of invasives. The site is monitored regularly to determine plant health and next steps for the project.
  • In May 2014, the team also converted a .4-acre turfgrass area to a native grassland/meadow adjacent to the garden for additional pollinator habitat and educational opportunities.  The team maintains the area by mowing annually. Routine monitoring is conducted to identify use by wildlife and the need for invasive species control.
  • At the onset of the two habitat projects, the team also began a monarch butterfly project with the objectives of providing quality native habitat that would support several monarch life-cycle needs (foraging, reproduction, water, basking and migratory stopover). Tagging events are held annually. The project is certified by the National Wildlife Federation, North American Butterfly Association, Monarch Watch, and Penn State University.
  • The team also manages an additional pollinator project to benefit a wide variety of pollinator species. Bug hotels were installed for native bees. Additional habitat for sweat and ground nesting bees was converted from a walking path. Additional host plants were added for black swallowtails.
  • An adjacent wooded habitat in the William Penn Forest was cleared of exotic and invasive vines and weeds. The trees in this forest are valuable to a wide variety of pollinators.
  • The wildlife team also has a vibrant, far-reaching community awareness & engagement project. About 30 events are held in a typical year. On-site habitat is used to both inform the education project and to engage participants in activities including monitoring, data collection and the Monarch Watch tagging program. This has resulted in additional habitats being created off-site, such as at a local Senior Center, at the Pen Ryn School and at Penn Manor Estate.