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Collection Update: July 4th Holiday 2019

Thursday, July 4th, 2019: Due to Penn Waste being closed on July 4th, all Residential Penn Waste collections will be delayed one (1) day for the remainder of that week. Thursday customers will be collected on Friday. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday.

Special Note:

  • Camp Hill Borough: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 7/13/19 due to the holiday.
  • Carroll Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 7/13/19 due to the holiday.
  • East Pennsboro Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 7/13/19 due to the holiday.
  • Fairview Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 7/13/19 due to the holiday.

To stay up to date on recycling tips and collection updates, consider following us on Facebook, Twitter 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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Why ‘Tanglers’ Don’t Belong in Your Recycling Bin

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Many people try to recycle items that cannot be recycled or processed by the equipment we use at our recycling facility.

Some common materials are what we call “tanglers.”

Tanglers are non-recyclable items that get wrapped around the rolling screens which are used to help separate recyclables during the recycling process.

Penn Waste team members do try to remove as many of the tanglers as possible, but some still make it through.

Some examples of tanglers are – Plastic Shopping Bags, Garbage Bags, Hoses, Clothing, Rope, Christmas lights, plastic and metal strapping, towels, electrical cords, and VHS tapes.

Meet Moises.

Moises is 1 of 10 Penn Waste team members who must climb into the machinery and cut off the tanglers.

It takes at least 1 hour to remove the tanglers from each of the 4 screens and this required maintenance happens 4 times per day.

The machinery must be shut down during this time which wastes time and money. In addition, climbing into the equipment puts our employees in harm’s way.

The good new is, you can help!

Please do not bag your recyclables. Also, do not place plastic bags, plastic packaging, or other non-recyclable items in your curbside recycling bin.

There’s a list of acceptable items at www.pennwaste.com and here’s a reminder…. The only items that should be going in your curbside recycling bin are metal cans, plastic bottles and containers with numbers 1,2 and 5 on the bottom, newspaper, glass bottles and jars, dry and flattened cardboard, and cartons.

And don’t forget…all of these items should be clean and dry before placing in your recycling bin.

Moises and the rest of the Penn Waste team appreciates your help! For more information, visit www.PennWaste.com

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Picnic

School’s out and so is the sun! In our latest blog post, we’re sharing tips for having an eco-friendly picnic with your family and friends this summer.

1. Pack sustainable items instead of takeout or pre-packaged meals to reduce waste. You can cut down on waste and expenses with eco-friendly picnicware such as reusable straws, utensils and plates. You can also bring your own picnic basket or cloth bag instead of using paper or plastic bags. Don’t forget to pack your picnic blanket, cloth napkins and reusable food containers.

2. Recycle! We’re partial to this one 😉 If you choose to bring items that aren’t reusable, make sure that you recycle or dispose of them properly. Some of the most common recyclable items at a picnic are:
– Plastic water and soda bottles (throw the cap in the trash – it’s too small to be captured at our recycling facility)
– Metal soda and beer cans
– Glass wine and beer bottles
– Kids juice boxes (throw the straw in the trash)
All of the above recyclables should be clean, empty and dry before placing in a recycle bin. For a full list of what items are recyclable, please visit www.pennwaste.com.

3. Take trash with you. To ensure you leave the environment in the exact condition you found it, do not leave litter behind. It can contaminate water and land or be a danger to wildlife. Please take all your belongings and trash with you if there are no recycling or trash receptacles on site.

We hope these tips will help you enjoy your picnic with friends and family in a sustainable manner!

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Collection Update: Memorial Day 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019: Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, all Residential Penn Waste collections will be delayed one (1) day. 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.

Special Note:

  • Camp Hill Borough: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 6/8/19 due to the holiday.
  • Carroll Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 6/8/19 due to the holiday.
  • East Pennsboro Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 6/8/19 due to the holiday.
  • Fairview Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday 6/8/19 due to the holiday.

To stay up to date on recycling tips and collection updates, consider following us on Facebook, Twitter 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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Recycling Basics

To celebrate #EarthDay, we would like to remind everyone how to properly recycle with Penn Waste. Check out our latest video, “Recycling Basics” to learn more.

(***If you are a Lancaster County resident, please follow their recycling guidelines which can be found here – https://www.lcswma.org/recycling/)

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Recycling is an important part of a sustainable lifestyle and for preserving the resources used by society. Penn Waste can help you become a better recycler by following these Recycling Basics:

#1 – Know What to Recycle

Aluminum and steel cans. Plastic bottles and jugs with numbers 1,2 and 5 on the bottom.

Newspaper. Glass bottles and jars. Food and beverage cartons.

And corrugated cardboard.

You should never place the following items in your curbside recycling bin:

No packaging such as Styrofoam, bubble wrap, or packing pillows.

No medical waste…. No clothing or linens…no wood or building products…..and no electronics.

Also, never place plastic bags or tanglers – such as garden hoses and extension cords – in your recycling bin. These items get wrapped around the recycling equipment. Our team members must then crawl into the equipment and cut it off of the machinery.

Remember – Just because an item has the recycle symbol on it, doesn’t mean it can be recycled through your curbside recycling program.

You should always check our list – NOT the label.

#2 – Make sure your recyclables are empty, clean, and dry before placing them in your recycling bin. If you place this half empty ketchup bottle in your recycle bin, it can ruin other recyclables in the truck.

#3– Never bag your recyclables. As we just stated, plastic bags jam up our recycling equipment. As a result, recyclable items should always be placed individually into your recycling bin. This ensures all materials get recycled efficiently and can be turned into new products.

By following these 3 easy steps, you’ll help eliminate contamination and streamline the recycling process.

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