Leaf Collection Dates Extended

Please be advised that the Rice Township 2015 Leaf Collection dates will be extended by 1 week.  The last day for leaf pick-up will be November 20th.  Leaves only must be placed in clear plastic bags.  Leaves may be taken to the Mountain Top COG after the date of collection, with a permit.  Permits are $10 and may be obtained from the Township Secretary.

The Mountain Top COG is open on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.  The COG will close after November 28th.

For more information, please call the Township Secretary:  (570) 868-6400, Option #1.

2015 Leaf Collection

Please be advised that the Rice Township Leaf Collection will begin on Monday, October 19th.

Leaves ONLY must be placed in CLEAR plastic bags and placed near the road for pick-up by the Public Works Department.  You do not need to call for pick-up; the Road Crew will pick up all bags on their daily route through the neighborhoods.

If you would like to dispose of leaves after Friday, November 13th, you must purchase a Mountaintop COG Permit from the Township Secretary.  Leaves may no longer be disposed of behind the Municipal Building.  The price of COG Stickers are $10.

At this time, residents do NOT need to have a COG sticker in order to have their leaves picked up during the collection period.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Township Secretary at (570) 868-6400, option #1.

Gypsy Moth Forum

Wright Township Environmental Advisory Council will hold a gypsy moth forum at 7 tonight (Monday, August 3rd) at the Wright Township Municipal Building. The Penn State Cooperative Extension Service who will present information on the gypsy moth and answer residents’ questions. All Mountain Top residents are invited.

Gypsy Moth Update


WNEP ran a news story on Monday night stating “Luzerne County Urges Folks With Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Infestation to Call.”

The story can be watched here:  http://wnep.com/2015/06/08/luzerne-county-urges-folks-with-gypsy-moth-caterpillar-infestation-to-call/

The phone number to call:  (570) 820-6347

Homeowner’s Guides to Gypsy Moth Management will continue to be available to Rice residents at the Municipal Building, 3000 Church Road in Mountaintop, as well as contact information for private sprayers (who may be hired at the resident’s expense).

Gypsy Moths


We have received numerous phone calls regarding Gypsy Moth caterpillars and what residents can do to eliminate this pest from their land.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has addressed this issue on their website:  PA DCNR – Gypsymoth

Information on their website includes:

  • A Homeowner’s Guide to Gypsy Moth Management
  • U.S. Forest Service Pest Alert for Gypsy Moth
  • 2015 Gypsy Moth Spray Status Interactive Map
  • 2015 Gypsy Moth Egg Mass Densities