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Tips On Proper Mobile Cart Placement

Please be advised that all mobile carts should be placed BEHIND THE CURB and not on the street. The mechanical arm on the Single Operator Vehicle garbage truck has the capacity to reach past the curb in order to pick up the mobile carts.

Here are some tips to ensure a smooth collection process:

  1. Set mobile cart out before your start time.
  2. Place mobile cart with the lid opening towards the road.
  3. Do not place the cart in the roadway. Remember to “Keep it Neat, and Off the Street!”
  4. Do not block walkways with carts.
  5. Place carts at least three feet apart from each other and mailboxes, fire hydrants, low hanging trees or shrubs, parked cars, or utility poles – so trucks can easily access the carts.

Thanks for your help ensuring the carts are placed properly at the curb!

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How to Properly Dispose of Propane Tanks

One question that Penn Waste gets asked a lot is how to properly dispose of propane tanks and smaller camping gas tanks. Neither of these items should be disposed of in your curbside trash and recycling. While some Solid Waste Authorities do accept them at their drop-off locations, others do not which can make disposal tricky.

It is imperative these gas tanks are disposed of properly because they are a fire hazard. This past weekend, we actually experienced a small fire in a baler at our recycle center which was linked back to a propane tank.

In fact, any type of container that previously contained gas / fuel should NEVER be placed in your recycling bin! This includes propane tanks, small camping gas tanks, butane, and Paslode quick fuel cartridges.

We’ve compiled a list of local resources for you to contact to inquire about disposal of gas propane tanks.

Please call each location in advance to ensure they are still accepting these tanks from the public. You will also need to check their hours of operation, whether there is a disposal fee and if there are any other special instructions such as valve removal.

You can also check with the vendor you bought the tank from to see if they have a return or exchange program.

Location: Company Name: Address: Phone #:
Dover Spangler’s Ace Hardware 4072 Carlisle Rd., Dover, PA 17315 717-292-6055
Elizabethtown B & G Lumber 212 W. High St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717-367-1680
Harrisburg Amerigas 6823 Paxton St., Harrisburg, PA 17111 717-561-8806
Gettysburg Consolidated Scrap Resources 2230 York Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325
Lancaster Suburban Energy Services 2440 Dairy Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601 717-898-2267
Lancaster Wrecklamations 1119 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 717-299-6796
Lemoyne Ritter’s True Value Hardware 1200 Market St., Lemoyne, PA 17043 717-731-1070
Mountville Ressler Propane 27 W. Main St., Mountville, PA 17554
New Freedom Aero Energy 25 E. High St., New Freedom, PA 17349 717-235-3854
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury True Value 836 E. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury, PA 17361 717-235-6700
York Consolidated Scrap Resources 120 Hokes Mill Rd., York, PA 17404 717-843-0931
York Consolidated Scrap Resources 530 Vander Ave., York, PA 17403 717-843-0931
York Darrah’s Automotive & Recycling 535 Prospect Rd., York, PA 17403 717-845-9679
York J & K Salvage 1099 Kings Mill Rd., York, PA 17403 717-843-3672
York West York Agway 2650 W. Market St., York, PA 17404 717-668-8258

None of the resources work for you? You can also visit www.Earth911.com for additional resources by entering your zip code.

 

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Rechargeable Batteries Are A Fire Hazard

Penn Waste would like to advise all of our customers not to throw rechargeable batteries in their trash and recycling bins. Rechargeable batteries are a fire hazard and are prone to exploding. In just the last week, Penn Waste has experienced several small fires in the trash collected due to rechargeable batteries. Once these batteries are damaged or incorrectly charged, they’re a fire hazard.

Rechargeable batteries are found in laptops, cell phones, wireless security cameras, digital cameras, and rechargeable tools, just to name a few.

Rechargeable batteries are considered hazardous material and should be disposed of properly, otherwise they create a safety hazard for our team members.

Please check with your local solid waste authority (listed below) for hazardous waste resources, drop-off locations and times. In addition, you can check with local retailers such as Best Buy, Lowe’s and Home Depot. Many of them offer battery recycling at their stores.

We appreciate your help in keeping our team members safe!

Resources:
York County Solid Waste Authority – Click here

Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority – Click here

Dauphin County Solid Waste Authority – Click here 

Cumberland County Solid Waste Authority – Click here

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Collection Update – Extreme Heat on 7/19/18

Friday, July 19th, 2019 – Due to the anticipated extreme heat, Penn Waste MAY be starting earlier than usual this Friday, July 19th. Friday customers, please place your trash and recycling out Thursday night to ensure it gets collected. We appreciate your help and understanding in this extreme heat.

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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.

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

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