Welcome to the Township of Ridley, Delaware County, PA!

Welcome to the official website of the Township of Ridley.  Please use this website for news and information about Ridley Township.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please email: contact@ridleytwp.org

 A little history about Ridley Township...Originally settled in 1644 by the Swedes and then the Dutch in 1655, the area was known as "Amos land". In 1682, John Simcock of Ridley,Chesire,England,purchased some 2,875 acres from William Penn and named the area after his hometown. Ridley was first recognized as a Township in 1687 and became a first class Township in March of 1906.

 At a glance: Area- 5.27 sq. miles
Population- 30,768 (2010 Census)
                      Distance to Center City Philadelphia- 15miles, or 35 minutes
School District- Ridley


Mosquito Spraying Set for Delaware County on Aug. 13  

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 13 in portions of Chester City, Eddystone Borough, Nether Providence and Ridley townships, Delaware County, to control adult mosquito populations.  In the event of rain, the spraying will be rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14.   

The treatments will be administered by truck mounted equipment to spray open spaces in residential and recreation areas. The equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15 at a rate of .75 ounces per acre.

These products are designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application materials have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and are safe for the environment.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile Virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile Encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile Encephalitis.

Mosquito samples in 32 counties have been identified with the West Nile virus so far this year. A human case has been confirmed in Philadelphia County.

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

  • Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water.
  • Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.

If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larva but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

  • Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
  • Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
  • Use insect repellants according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellant will contain DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellant on children, as repellant is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile Virus and the state’s surveillance and control program, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.


Thank you Ridley residents for your efforts in recycling! Keep up the good work!


Delaware County Council announces Installation of Drug Drop Boxes
Delaware County residents now have access to secure medication drop boxes to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs that can be lethal when they fall into the wrong hands.  The large, metal "Delco Medicine Drop" boxes are being installed in nine police departments at various locations in the county, including Ridley Township Police Department, through the continuing efforts of Delaware County Council, the District Attorney, and the Delaware County Heroin Task Force.  
 Click here for locations.

Medications in standard containers can be deposited in those containers. Loose medication can be put in plastic bags.  Liquid medications should be enclosed in secure containers.  Be sure to remove all personal information before disposal.


2014 Township Newsletter

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2014 Trash/Recycling Collection Schedule
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Covered Device Recycling Act

In accordance with the Covered Device Recycling Act, beginning January,2013, Ridley Township Public Works Department will NO longer be permitted to collect certain "covered" electronic devices with regular trash collection. "Covered Devices" include desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, and televisions.  Click here for information on how to dispose of these items.


 Ridley Township Ward Map
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 PA West Nile Virus Control Program
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Ridley's Hometown Heroes

We're looking for a few good men & women! Any military member in the township returning from deployment is asked to contact the township office at 610-534-4800. Please call with name, rank, branch of service and any other information. Thank you for your service.

100 E. MacDade Blvd.
Folsom, PA 19033 
610.534.4800 (Phone)
610.534.2545 (Fax)
8:30 - 4:30, M-F
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