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Yearly Archives: 2018

How to Properly Dispose of Ashes

With the cooler weather of fall upon us, everyone’s breaking out their fire pits and roasting s’mores! It’s important to keep safety in mind when sitting around the fire and when the fire is done. Hot ashes can cause major safety issues for not only you, but for our employees as well. 

Hot ashes and coals from fires can remain hot enough to start fires for many hours or even days after a fire is out. The amount of time it takes for hot ashes to cool depends on many factors, some of which include how hot the fire was, what was burning, how much un-burned fuel remains if fuel was used, etc. Please keep all of these factors in mind when disposing of hot ashes.

In order to properly dispose of the hot ashes, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • If possible, allow ashes to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days. These areas are designed to contain their heat safely.
  • When it is time to dispose of ashes, test to ensure the hot ashes are cool by placing them in a cardboard box or paper bag before disposal. In this situation, never leave these ashes unattended until they are cool enough for disposal. If the ashes are too hot, they will begin to burn through the box or bag.
  • DO NOT dispose of hot ashes with yard waste material. By placing ashes with yard waste, such as tree trimmings and leaves, the potential for fires increase substantially.

Please keep these tips in mind when disposing of ashes this fall.

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Collection Update: Labor Day Holiday 2018

Monday, September 3rd, 2018: Due to the Labor Day Holiday, all Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one (1) day for the entire week. Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday and so on for the remainder of the week through Saturday.

To stay up to date on recycling tips and collection updates, consider following us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have not already done so, consider signing up for our E-News Updates to receive recycling suggestions and collection updates directly to your e-mail inbox.

Penn Waste wishes all of our customers a safe and happy holiday!

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How to Properly Dispose of Pool Chemicals

As summer comes to an end, Penn Waste would like to remind everyone that pool chemicals should not be disposed of in your trash or recycling.

Chemicals such as chlorine, muriatic acid, and sulfuric acid are used to balance and disinfect pools, while other chemicals are used to “shock” the pool. These chemicals are extremely combustible and can cause fires in the back of our trucks, putting our employees’ safety at risk.

Here are a couple suggestions on how to properly dispose of pool chemicals:

  1. Check with the store you bought your pool chemicals to see if they have any suggestions
  2. Donate extra pool chemicals to local pools around the area
  3. Check with your local Solid Waste Authority to see if they accept pool chemicals
    1. York County Solid Waste Authority
    2. Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority
    3. Cumberland County Solid Waste Authority
    4. Dauphin County Solid Waste Authority
  4. Check with your neighbors who have pools to see if they can use them.
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Statement on Recent False Media Reports

“I would like to make it clear that what has been written about Penn Waste trying to renegotiate existing municipal contracts is completely false. Penn Waste has not approached any existing municipal customers about renegotiating their contracts and we do not have plans of doing so.

The statement regarding our municipal contracts made by our spokeswoman back in May was an idea that had been floated when the initial recycling markets collapsed. While that idea had been proposed, it never went into effect.

Penn Waste did impose a sustainability fee on our commercial customers in June in response to the recycling markets collapsing, the on-going skilled labor crisis, rising insurance costs, and rising steel prices. Our customers were notified in advance and given the opportunity to contact us with any concerns.

It is not common practice for Penn Waste to respond to every rumor that is published in the media but this one is completely false.

Penn Waste would appreciate the professional courtesy of a reporter reaching out to verify if something is accurate prior to their printing it the next time a news story references our company.”

-Ed Ward, General Manager of Penn Waste

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New Recycle Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2018, Penn Waste is implementing new recycle guidelines. The new recycle guidelines are a result of the current recycling crisis created by China. Back in the fall, the largest buyer of recyclable material in the world, China, set unachievable contamination limits on the recyclable material they receive resulting in the recycling markets crashing. Previously, bales were allowed to have around 5% contamination in them which equates to 92lbs of contamination in a 1,850lb paper bale . At the beginning of 2018, China imposed a 0.5% contamination limit on imported recyclables from any country which equates to only 9lbs of contamination in a 1,850lb bale of paper. This is an impossible level of contamination for recycling companies to achieve.

Subsequently, Penn Waste has taken a “Back to Basics” approach in an attempt to try and meet the new contamination limits.  Please see below for our new recycle guidelines.

If it is not listed below, do not place it in your recycle bin. 

 

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