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Collection Update – Columbus Day

All Penn Waste routes will be operating on schedule on the Columbus Day holiday (Monday, October 11, 2021). Please place your waste and recycling curbside on your regularly scheduled collection day.

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Recycling 101: Back to Basics

As kids head back into the classroom, we thought it’d be a good time to take our customers back to recycling school! Here’s a refresher on the basics of recycling:

Step 1: Only recycle the items we accept at our recycling facility. This includes:

  • Plastics with numbers 1,2 and 5 on the bottom
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Aluminum and metal food and beverage cans
  • Food & beverage cartons (such as an orange juice carton)
  • Glass food and beverage containers

Want to print this list? Here’s a downloadable version of our recycling guidelines – https://www.pennwaste.com/wp-content/uploads/2018-Penn-Waste-Recycling-Guidelines.pdf

If you live in Lancaster County, please follow their recycling guidelines which can be found here – https://www.lcswma.org/services/recycling-drop-off/

Step 2: Make sure your recyclables are empty, clean and dry. Dirty recyclables can contaminate other recyclables in the truck load.

Step 3: Place ONLY the above recyclable items in your recycling bin. Want to save space in your recycling container? Flatten your cardboard and condense your large plastics if possible.

Finally, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is whether lids should be taken off of containers. The answer is yes, but the reason why might surprise you. Lids are typically too small for our machinery to capture and end up getting mixed in with other contaminates that cannot be recycled.

Recycling really is that easy! Class dismissed.

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Collection Update: Labor Day 2021

Monday, September 6th, 2021: Due to Penn Waste being closed on Labor Day, all Residential Penn Waste collections will be delayed one (1) day for the remainder of that 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 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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Collection Update – 9/2/2021 – Normal Schedule

Thursday, September 2, 2021 – We are operating on a normal schedule for the remainder of this week. 

In addition, we are attempting to collect in areas that were missed yesterday (Wednesday, 9/1/21). If they are still inaccessible today, we will collect double on your next regularly scheduled collection day.

Thank you for your understanding as we are dealing with many challenges from Tropical Storm Ida.

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