By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s Streets Department is marking Earth Month by expanding its yard waste recycling program beyond the city’s six Sanitation Convenience Centers.

In celebration of Earth Month, Deputy Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton says the department will make it easier for city residents to go green by offering yard waste drop-off at 23 locations on two Saturdays this month

“On April 16th and April 30th, from the hours of 9am to 3pm, you can bring it to a designated location and we’ll take it for you to the proper destination,” said Carlton.

So instead of throwing away leaves, grass clippings, and branches, city residents can let the Streets department turn it into compost or mulch. But Carlton says it needs to be properly packaged, “bagged up in brown biodegradable bags,” or it won’t be accepted.

You can find more information at the Streets Department website, here.