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Penn Waste’s “Naughty List”

During this busy time of year, we’d like to remind all of our customers which items fall on Penn Waste’s “Naughty List” and should NOT be placed in your recycling bin.

Check out our most recent video below:

The following items are NOT accepted at our recycling facility:

  1. Plastic Packing Materials & Styrofoam – Plastic air pillows, bubble wrap, foam peanuts, and Styrofoam are not items that we accept at our recycle center. Either reuse them or place them in your trash.
  2. Plastic Bags – Plastic bags are not acceptable at our recycle center. These get wrapped around our equipment and someone must manually cut off each one. Do NOT place these in the recycle bin. You can either check with a local grocery store to see if they recycle plastic bags or we encourage you to just reuse them.
  3. Medical Waste – Medical waste should never be placed in the recycle bin. To see how to properly dispose of medical waste – check out the following blog post on this subject. http://www.pennwaste.com/waste-management-resources/blog/medical-waste-disposal/
  4. Clothing – Clothing is not an item we accept at our recycle center. There are many local non-profits who accept used clothing and would appreciate your donations. We suggest checking with Lifepath Christian Ministries, the Salvation Army, your local Goodwill or Purple Heart to name a few.
  5. Christmas Lights – Christmas lights are not recyclable. They get wrapped around our equipment causing major issues for us. Please make sure you place them in your trash.

For a full list of what items are and are NOT recyclable, you can download a brochure here.

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How to Properly Place Your Cart at the Curb

In 2017, Penn Waste took the initiative to invest in Single Operator Vehicles – or “SOVs” as we like to call them- adding 16 SOVs to our fleet.

The SOVs are used in residential neighborhoods to collect trash and recycling.

They are solely operated by one employee – the driver.

Safety is the #1 priority for Penn Waste so investing in these vehicles was a no-brainer.

The SOVs do not require a loader to ride on the back of the truck so there is no risk of injury or dealing with inclement weather conditions.

In addition, the SOVs make the collection process more efficient so we can get your trash and recycling picked up faster – IF YOUR CARTS ARE PROPERLY PLACED AT THE CURB.

The SOVs have a mechanical arm that comes out, lifts up your cart, and empties it into the truck.

There are 4 important points for you to remember to make sure the SOV is able to safely access your cart:

1.      Make sure your cart opening is facing the ROAD. This ensures all recyclables are emptied from your recycling cart.

2.      The cart needs to be placed 3 feet away from any other object on either side. This ensures accessibility and decreases the risk of property damage.

3.      All recyclables go in the same recycling bin. You do not need to separate your recyclables.

4.      Don’t stuff your recycling container full. If you shove cardboard into your recycle bin, we will have trouble getting it back out. If you have additional cardboard that won’t fit in your recycle bin, just bundle it with some twine and sit it beside your recycle cart.

Please take a moment to watch this educational video regarding proper cart placement.

 

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Collection Update: Thanksgiving Holiday 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday Collection Schedule: Thursday November 23rd, 2017

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, all Residential Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one (1) day. Thursday customers will be collected on Friday. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday. All collections on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be collected on the regularly scheduled day.

Special Note:

Manchester Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 12/2/17 due to the holiday.

York Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 12/2/17 due to the holiday.

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We wish all of our customers a safe and happy holiday!

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Hazardous Waste and How To Dispose Of It Properly

Over the past few months, Penn Waste employees have seen an increased volume of household hazardous waste in our waste and recycling collections. Household hazardous waste can encompass many different materials that you may have sitting in your garage, your kitchen or anywhere else in your house. In this post, we are going to focus on three different materials, and give you some tips for proper disposal of these materials.

We will be focusing on Batteries, more specifically rechargeable batteries, Pool Chemicals, Live Ammunition and Hot Ashes. All of these materials should be handled with discretion and not disposed of in your regular trash (unless noted below) or recyclable collections.

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