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Collection Update – Presidents Day

Monday, February 20, 2023 – All Penn Waste routes will be operating on a normal collection schedule for the Presidents Day Holiday / week of February 20th. Please place your trash and recycling curbside on your regular collection day.

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Exploring the Differences between Trash, Recycling, and Hazardous Waste

When it comes to waste disposal, there is a lot of confusion about what should be classified as trash, what should be recycled, and what needs to be disposed of as hazardous waste. It’s critical that you understand the differences between these types of waste in order to ensure proper disposal.

TrashA black trash bag

Trash can generally be defined as anything that cannot or should not be recycled or reused in any way. Generally, this includes food waste, non-recyclable packaging, single-use plastics and other items of trash. While many forms of trash are unable to be recycled due to their composition or size, it is important to note that all trash should still be disposed of properly as taking shortcuts can lead to safety issues such as truck fires and fires at our recycling facility.


Penn Waste recycling guidelines show what is acceptable to place in your recycling bin.Recycling is the process of taking materials such as cardboard, plastic, metal and glass that would otherwise end up in landfills or being incinerated, and transforming them into new items. In order for something to be classified as recyclable material it must meet certain guidelines such as being clean and dry, free from contaminants and on our list of recyclable items we accept at our recycling facility. When you place an item in your curbside recycling bin it will be collected,  go through our sorting process and then be shipped out for further processing at a mill. This process helps separate materials so they can be treated accordingly and re-purposed into new products.




Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous waste refers to any kind of material that poses a threat either to humans or the environment if handled improperly; this includes certain types of chemicals, paint thinners, rechargeable batteries,  and cleaning products among other things. These items need special handling when disposing of them in order to prevent any potential health and safety risks or environmental damage. Hazardous waste products are show.

Hazardous waste is not something that should ever be placed in your curbside trash or recycling bins. Hazardous waste  needs to be dropped off at an approved solid waste authority facility that is specially equipped for taking these items.

By understanding the differences between each type of waste you can help protect our planet from potential harm while also ensuring responsible disposal practices are followed wherever possible.

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Collection Update – Thanksgiving Holiday

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday falling on Thursday, November 24th, 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, November 21st, Tuesday, November 22nd, and Wednesday, November 23rd will be collected on their regularly scheduled day. In addition, the below yard waste routes will be impacted.

Yard Waste collection will occur on Saturday, December 3, 2022 for the following municipalities:

Manchester Township
West Manchester Township
York Township

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

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How to Properly Dispose of Hot Ashes

Not sure how to dispose of ashes after using your fire pit? Follow these tips to ensure proper disposal of your hot ashes.

  1. Allow ashes to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days. These areas are designed to contain their heat safely.
  2. 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.
  3. Transfer the cool ash to a plastic bag and then tie it shut. This will ensure any dust from the bagged ashes does not get into our employees’ eyes or lungs.
  4. Do NOT put any ashes in a trash container. They should be left on the ground beside your trash container. By sitting them outside of the cart, we can confirm the ashes are NOT hot before placing them in the truck.
  5. Never dispose of hot ashes with your yard waste material. By placing ashes with yard waste, such as tree trimmings and leaves, the potential for fires increase substantially.
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Collection Update: Week of October 10th

Collection Update: Week of October 10th

Columbus Day, Monday, October 10, 2022 – All Penn Waste routes will be operating on a normal collection schedule the week of the Columbus Day Holiday. Please place your waste and recycling curbside on your regularly scheduled collection day.

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