Category Archives: Get Green Tips
Recycling Industry Crisis
Posted April 20, 2018
In preparation for Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd, we feel it’s important to update our customers on some catastrophic changes that are severely impacting the recycling industry.
Chinese Restrictions on Imports Creating Recycling Industry Crisis
The United States generates more recyclable material than any other country in the world and China is the world’s largest buyer of recyclable material. The Chinese government recently imposed new rules severely restricting the levels of contamination allowed in the recyclable material they accept. These changes have had catastrophic consequences on the US recycling industry.
What is contamination?
Contamination is any non-recyclable item (aka trash) that gets mixed into a bale of recyclable material. When bales of recyclables arrive in China, they are cut open and sorted through. Items such as plastic bags, clothing, medical waste, Christmas lights and any other non-recyclable items are considered “contamination.”
Previously, bales were allowed to have around 5% contamination in them, or 92 lbs of trash, in a 1,850 lb bale of recycled paper. Beginning in 2018, China changed those restrictions to a 0.5% contamination rate, or 9lbs of trash in a 1,850 lb bale of recycled paper. This is an unrealistic number that recycling companies cannot meet.
The Good News
Many of our customers are enthusiastic recyclers and want to make sure they’re doing it properly. Recycling continues to be the future of the waste industry but it will come at a cost if there is no market for recyclable material. We need our customers’ help in making sure they’re not throwing trash in with their recycling so that we can try to meet China’s new contamination limits.
How Can You Help?
We encourage all of our customers to do the following:
Educate yourself on what items Penn Waste is able to recycle. Here’s a link to an English / Spanish version of WHAT IS and IS NOT recyclable –http://www.recyclemorepa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/PennW-ItemsFlyer_English-Spanish_05.pdf
Do not throw items in the recycle bin unless you know for sure it is recyclable. When In Doubt, Throw It Out!
Make sure you properly sort your materials, making sure that wet, non-recyclable items are tossed in the garbage.
Stay tuned for more updates about the recycling crisis over the next few weeks.
Penn Waste’s “Naughty List”
Posted December 13, 2017
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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/
- 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.
- 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.
York County Residents – Extended Days and Hours for Electronics Recycling
Posted September 21, 2017
York County residents may partake in the York County Solid Waste Authority’s free Residential Electronics Recycling Program. Beginning October 2, the program will relocate to the Small Load Drop-off Facility at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Electronics will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and on Saturday from 8 am to Noon.
Residents should enter the York County Resource Recovery Center located at 2651 Blackbridge Road, and proceed toward the scales. A worker will confirm delivery of electronics only and provide a placard to the resident enabling free delivery. Residents will then follow “Public Drop-off” signs to the Small Load Drop-off Facility. Please show the electronics placard to the Small Load Drop-off Facility attendant who will direct residents to the electronics off-load area. After the electronics have been unloaded, residents will be directed to the designated exit for the Resource Recovery Center where the placards will be returned.
- Televisions (limit of five televisions per visit)
- Desktop Computers
- Laptop Computers
- Computer Monitors
- Computer Peripherals (keyboards, printers, computer mouse, etc.)
- Cell Phones
- Vacuum Cleaners
- Alarm Clocks
- Coffee Makers
- Or anything with a plug (except Freon)
Please do not drop off anything container Freon. These include but are not limited to refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
For more information, please visit www.ycswa.com.
Independence Day Recycling
Posted June 23, 2017
It’s almost time for America to celebrate its independence. With this holiday, barbecues and picnics come to mind. You may not have realized that many of the items that you use when you have a barbecue or picnic are recyclable. Continue reading to learn more about what you should be tossing in your recycle bin on your next gathering. (more…)
Posted April 7, 2017
Cardboard comes in all shapes and sizes. Penn Waste accepts all cardboard of any size and quantity.
Most people think of shipping boxes when they hear the word “cardboard,” however cardboard is so much more than just boxes.
Cardboard found on the inside of paper towel and toilet paper rolls is recyclable. The cardboard packaging that your garbage bags come in is recyclable. The cardboard from your tissue boxes is recyclable. To sum it up, if it is cardboard, it is recyclable.
We ask our customers to keep in mind three easy steps when it comes time to recycle your cardboard.
- Remove all packaging inside the box (such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap, etc).
- Flatten ALL boxes. If your box does not fit in your recycle bin or mobile cart, please tie them together with string to prevent them from blowing away.
- Check the weather. If the weather calls for high winds or rain, keep your recycling inside until the following week, if possible. Wet cardboard products are more difficult to process.
Aside from cardboard, Penn Waste accepts paperboard and paper products as part of the recyclables we collect. For example, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, newspaper inserts, and envelopes are all considered recyclables.
For a full list of what Penn Waste does and does not accept, please check out our recycle guidelines!
Back to School Recycling
Posted August 24, 2016
A new school year is upon us! And along with alarms, homework, and pop quizzes, are school supplies and packed lunches. Believe it or not, there is a way to go green as you prepare for the year ahead.
A large way in which we can go green is by reducing the amount of waste that is created. In order to reduce, remember to reuse. Many folders and binders available today are durable, and can be used for more than just one school year. This applies to pens and pencils as well.
If you find that you do need to make a new purchase, consider purchasing long lasting materials. Mechanical pencils for example, can be used indefinitely, and many are made of bio-degradable plastic barrels. Also, look for products that are made from recycled materials, these can include pencils, paper and even backpacks.
Along with reducing and reusing, comes recycling. Make a conscious effort to recycle all paper. Whether it be used notebook paper or school hand-outs, see that they find their home in the recycling bin.
Remember that reusing and recycling can apply to lunch time as well. Packing a lunch in a reusable lunch bag is always a green choice. Also, buying in bulk and packing in reusable containers rather than packing individually wrapped snacks is another way to stay green. Lastly, always remember to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cartons, and any other recyclable containers that are used during lunch time.
All of these are ways in which we can create a green community for both present and future generations.
Are You Recycling At Your Tailgate?
Posted October 28, 2015
Football season is well underway, and along with football comes tailgating. Tailgating is a great way to get fans pumped for the game, but with that energy, trash follows. Luckily, many of the products used during tailgating are recyclable. Check out these helpful hints on how to recycle properly at your next tailgate. (more…)
Labor Day Recycling Tips
Posted September 3, 2015
With Labor Day just around the corner, ever wonder how you could do more to create a green community while hosting guests for a barbecue or picnic? You may not realize that a lot of the containers for the products you use for these types of events are recyclable and should be placed in your recycling bin. Aside from recycling, there are other ways to make your cookout more eco-friendly, such as reusing utensils and plates. If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to make your next picnic a green event, keep reading. (more…)
Are You Recycling Aerosol Cans?
Posted August 26, 2015
Many people use aerosol products every day of their lives. This type of packaging has become a mainstay in many rooms throughout our homes. Ranging from your kitchen to your bathroom or your garage, you are more than likely to encounter at least one aerosol can in each room. Are you doing your part to ensure that they are disposed of correctly? (more…)
What do I do with my Electronic Waste?
Posted June 1, 2015
Did you know that by law, Penn Waste is not allowed to collect your electronic waste that you place at the curb? As of January 24, 2013, Penn Waste has not collected any electronic waste that may have been placed out for collection.
The law that mandates this is the Covered Devices Recycling Act. This act prohibits residents and businesses from placing their electronic waste at the curb or in their trash.
What is considered electronic waste? (more…)
Posted May 6, 2015
Grass clippings and other yard debris account for a large percentage of solid waste in landfills. Although we do not utilize any landfills, we encourage customers to divert as much solid waste as possible from the waste stream. By developing practices such as grasscycling, recycling and composting, you can lower the amount of waste you place at the curb weekly. (more…)
Happy Earth Day!
Posted April 22, 2015
Today is Earth Day, a day to reflect on what you are doing for the environment. Although we only celebrate Earth Day once a year, it is important to remember that you can do your part each and every day. (more…)
Yard Waste Collection Tips
Posted April 7, 2015
Spring is in the air and it is time to begin the spring cleaning projects you’ve been putting off all winter. Yard work may be at the top of your priority list now that it is getting warmer out. A by-product of these outdoor projects is yard waste. Yard waste is material such as tree trimmings, shrubbery and other organic landscape vegetation. Please continue reading to learn more information on how you can dispose of this material. (more…)
Penn Waste Now Accepts Cartons!
Posted December 31, 2014
Beginning January 1, 2015, Penn Waste will begin accepting cartons as part of our residential and commercial recycling programs.
At Penn Waste, we are constantly striving to come up with innovative ways to pull more materials out of the waste stream and recycle them instead. We are proud to announce the addition of cartons to our recycling program and residents can begin recycling them immediately. (more…)
Are You Recycling This Holiday Season?
Posted December 16, 2014
Did you know that household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day? During this time, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all contribute to this increase in waste. Many of these items that increase during this time of year are actually recyclable. Are you doing your part to recycle these items this holiday season? Continue reading for tips to do your part this year.
Are You Recycling This Cyber Monday?
Posted December 1, 2014
With the holidays just around the corner, you may have already begun your gift purchasing conquest. Today is Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online retail days of the year. As your packages arrive, keep in mind that some of that material is recyclable. Many of the packages that arrive at your doorstep or come from a retailer may be tossed in your recycling bin. (more…)
Stay Green While Prepping for School This Year!
Posted August 18, 2014
For most students, school is beginning either this week or next week. Have you done your part to actively stay green when prepping for the first day of class? Here are some tips to keep in mind while you prepare for the upcoming school year. (more…)
Staying Eco-Friendly On The Go
Posted June 9, 2014
All day sports tournaments. Professional road warrior. Family day hike or trip to the beach. School activities immediately after work.
Do any of these descriptions sound like a normal part of your life? (more…)
Penn Waste Mobile Website Launched
Posted April 15, 2014
Penn Waste launches Mobile Website!
If you have been browsing our website on your phone recently, you may have noticed a big change: our website now has mobile functionality.
The mobile site provides increased convenience by giving you direct links to contact us via email and phone, and facilitating payment of residential bills on your phone via your mobile browser.
The mobile page allows for functionality on Apple and Android products, so be sure to take some time to explore the different sections of the mobile site!
Sign Up for Municipal Alerts
Do you want to ensure that you receive the most up to date information from Penn Waste? (more…)
Don’t Be Fooled By Aluminum
Posted April 1, 2014
When it comes to recyclable material, it is easy to be fooled by which materials are recyclable and which are not. One of the easiest types of recyclable material to cause a hang up is aluminum. Please keep reading for more information on aluminum recycling. (more…)
Inclement Weather Tips
Posted February 4, 2014
With all of the inclement weather that our crews have been facing on a regular basis this winter, we wanted to let our customers in on some tips to help move the process along. Collections in inclement weather will take longer and crews may begin work as early as 5 or 6 am.
What you can do to help? (more…)
Get Green with Penn Waste – More Than You Know
Posted January 6, 2014
There are many items around your house that you may not know are recyclable. Many plastics and metal containers that you may have throughout your house can be tossed in your recycle bin. To ensure that your recyclables are in the best condition, please make sure that they are clean of contaminants. Consider running water through the empty containers to ensure that they are clean. Once clean, be sure to toss them in your recycling bin. Here is this month’s Get Green tip: (more…)
Santa’s Naughty and Nice List
Posted December 13, 2013
Christmas is right around the corner. Only 12 days until the big day and Santa wanted us to let you know that he has a naughty and nice list for recyclables. When you are prepping for the Christmas holiday, take into account Santa’s Naughty or Nice list. (more…)
Cyber Monday and Cardboard Recycling
Posted December 2, 2013
Did you know that Fedex is estimating that they will ship 85 million packages this week? On Cyber Monday alone, they expect to ship more than 22 million packages. So your package arrives and you open it to make sure all of your order is accounted for. What do you do with your cardboard box? Be sure to recycle it this year!
Here at Penn Waste, we accept any size and any quantity of cardboard. Aside from this we accept an unlimited amount of recyclables curbside. Here are some tips to ensure that you are recycling cardboard to your fullest potential: (more…)
Get Green With Penn Waste – Holiday Recycling
It is officially the holiday season, and there are many items that you may not know are recyclable. In order to ensure you get all of the information, be sure to check out our recent Get Green segment for December here:
Holiday Cooking & Recycling – Metals
Posted November 25, 2013
It’s almost here. Thanksgiving is Thursday! Have you begun your shopping yet? If you have, did you know that there are plenty of packaging products that may be recycled? If you haven’t already completed your shopping, be sure to look out for some of the products listed below! For more information on recycling with your holiday cooking, keep reading! (more…)
Holiday Cooking & Recycling – Plastics
Posted November 14, 2013
We are all getting ready for the big day, Thanksgiving. Whether you are just now shopping or you are planning out what you want to buy in a week or two, be sure to think about what you are going to do with the packaging of those products. There are so many of these items that are actually recyclable, and we are going to help you distinguish which ones are recyclable and which ones are not. This week we are focusing on plastics used during your holiday cooking, so keep reading for more information! (more…)
Holiday Cooking & Recycling – Paper Products
Posted November 4, 2013
With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, it is almost time for you to start shopping and preparing for the big day! Although everyone’s preparation and meals may vary, it is important to remember one thing that everyone can take part in: recycling! For more information on how to recycle this Thanksgiving, keep reading! (more…)
Get Green with Penn Waste – Recycling & Holiday Baking
Posted October 30, 2013
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in order to prepare for the holidays, we are providing you with tips on recycling when you are baking and cooking. Check out November’s Get Green segment below:
Metal Recycling In Your Garage
Posted October 28, 2013
When it comes to recycling metal products, your efforts are influential on the environment, and here is the proof: twenty recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore. By conserving precious resources and recycling the resources already in use, we can save energy. We have already covered products in your kitchen, bathroom and cleaning closet so far this month. In order to get more of the metals already in use into the recycling stream, please check out this post on metal recycling in your garage. (more…)
Aluminum & Steel Recycling In Your Cleaning Closet
Posted October 21, 2013
Did you know that making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy than using virgin materials? There are so many aluminum containers that you use on a daily basis that you may not realize are actually recyclable. So far this month, we have covered aluminum and steel products in your kitchen and bathroom, now we are going to cover the aluminum and steel products you may find in your cleaning closet. Keep reading for more details! (more…)
Aluminum Recycling in the Bathroom
Posted October 14, 2013
According to the EPA, only 50.7 percent of aluminum was recycled in 2009. There is so much more that can be recycled throughout your house. This week, we are going to focus on the aluminum and steel recyclables that can be found in your bathroom. Keep reading for more information! (more…)
Aluminum and Steel Recycling in the Kitchen
Posted October 7, 2013
If you have had the opportunity to check out our recent recycling segment on TV, you may have noticed that it highlights aluminum and steel recyclables. You may not have known that so many everyday products come in aluminum or steel containers, and are recyclable. For the month of October, we are going to highlight a different room of your house each week and show you what aluminum and steel products are recyclable in these rooms. For aluminum and steel recycling in your kitchen, keep reading! (more…)
Electronic Waste Disposal
Posted September 30, 2013
So it finally happened. Your trusted TV has finally “kicked the bucket” or maybe your old laptop’s hard drive finally gave up. Not only do you have to find some way to replace it, it is important to remember that you cannot throw these items away in your regular trash collection. Don’t worry though; there are other ways to dispose of this material. Keep reading for more information! (more…)
Time for an Office Clean Up!
Posted September 23, 2013
Have you ever looked around your office and thought: “I really need to get rid of some of this junk”? We all have had those moments when your desk appears cluttered, and in order to be more productive, it may be time to get rid of a few unnecessary items. Rather than throwing all of these items in your trash can, why not find out if they are recyclable? You may be surprised at some of the items that you have around that are actually recyclable; keep reading to find out more! (more…)
Back to School Recycling
Posted August 5, 2013
For some of you, it may be hard to believe, but it is time to start thinking about going back to school. With the school year fast approaching, it is time to start preparing for classes for yourself or your children. What better way to prepare than getting green with your school shopping list. We can help you prepare for the school way in a self-sustainable way by helping you pick out items that are recyclable and purchasing items that can be reused. (more…)
Recycling on Vacation
Posted July 19, 2013
It’s the time of year to pack up the family and head to your vacation destination. While preparing you may bring a lot of things with you, but just toss the waste at the end of your trip. It’s important to remember that many of the things you may bring with you on your vacation are actually recyclable. Regardless of your destination, please remember to recycle during your trip. Please check out our segment that aired on Fox 43 News at 10pm! (more…)
Township Recycling Education
Posted July 2, 2013
When it comes to recycling, it is important that everyone does their part in the process. It’s also important that even if it is not collected through your curbside recycling program, there are other options to help have an impact on your community. (more…)
Recycling at a Cookout
Posted June 21, 2013
It’s the time of year for cookouts and family gatherings. Summer is the ideal time to gather the family and friends and enjoy each other’s company during a cookout. One thing that is important to keep in mind is recycling! There are a lot of items that you bring to cookouts that are not trash and can be placed in your recycling bin. (more…)
Get Green: Aluminum
Posted June 10, 2013
When it comes to recycling, it has been second nature to throw in cleaned aluminum cans in your recycling bins. Items such as food and beverage cans have routinely been tossed in the recycling bin, but there are many more products that can be recycled. (more…)
Recent Recycling Tips
Posted May 3, 2013
For anyone who watches the 10 o’clock news on Fox 43, you may have already viewed our recycling tips that have been running on Tuesday’s airing. Beginning in April and lasting through December, Penn Waste will be bringing you useful tips for recycling and help to Get Green. There have already been two tips that have aired, but if you weren’t able to catch them, don’t worry! They are available for you to view on our youtube page and the individual videos will be posted in the blog post below. On this page you will find many other informative videos brought to you by Penn Waste. Aside from this resource, feel free to check out our website. There is countless information located here, so be sure to take some time to look through some of it. (more…)
Did You Know? Aerosol Cans Are Recyclable
Posted March 5, 2013
Perhaps some of our customers did not know that aerosol cans are recyclable. Aerosol cans may be placed in your recycling bins if they are empty. Although they may not be the first thing that you would think to throw in your recycling bin, they are made steel or aluminum, both of which are recyclable. (more…)
Simply Green Tip of the Month ‚Äì Unlimited Cardboard, Paper, & Paperboard Recycling
Posted August 14, 2012
Cardboard comes in all shapes and sizes. We ask all of our customers to please flatten and bundle their cardboard before sitting it out for our team members to collect. (more…)
Hosting an Eco-Friendly Picnic
Posted July 27, 2012
Now that Independence Day is over, many of you will be looking forward to spending another one of summer’s gorgeous days outside. Whether you will be barbequing with your friends or picnicking with your family, Penn Waste would like to remind you to continue to do your part in keeping our environment clean and beautiful. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your next picnic environmentally friendly. (more…)
TIPS FOR REDUCING WASTE
Posted July 2, 2012
Did you know? The average American produces 1,609 pounds of trash per year.
Unfortunately, most of this is sent to landfills, incinerated, or otherwise improperly disposed of. This causes damage to the environment in which we live. Out of sight, out of mind does not apply to our waste. After something is thrown into the garbage, it can still have profound effects on you and your community! (more…)
Posted May 23, 2012
We are continuing our ongoing battle to help the environment through our constant need to be an ecological, supportable, and environmentally-friendly company. But we can’t do it alone! This is why Penn Waste needs our customers’ help; so we can achieve our goal of Creating a Green Community Together! ¬Æ (more…)
Recyclables: Which Are Naughty And Which Are Nice
Posted December 13, 2011
Penn Waste is making a list, checking it twice, and wants their customers to know which holiday decorations and packaging are naughty or nice!
Penn Waste, a leader in the waste and recycling industries in South Central Pennsylvania which focuses on innovative, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly practices, suggests the holidays are not the time to slack off recycling. Here is a friendly reminder for everyone regarding which materials are and are not acceptable recyclables. (more…)
Grasscycling & Yard Waste
Posted July 7, 2011
Anyone who has ever mowed a lawn knows how much of a pain it is to bag grass clippings. We convince ourselves that our lawn looks more pristine without the dead clippings lying on top and that our lawn will be healthier if we take the extra time to bag the grass. We spend countless hours lugging around a renewable resource that could just as easily be recycled rather than wasted. (more…)