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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 –


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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Collection Update: Good Friday and Easter 2019 – On Schedule

Friday, April 19, 2019 – All Penn Waste routes will be operating on schedule on the Good Friday holiday. Please place your waste and recycling curbside on your regularly scheduled collection day.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 – All Penn Waste routes will will not be affected by the Easter Holiday. Please place your waste and recycling curbside on your regularly scheduled collection day next week.

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February Newsletter

Just Say NO to these 9 Items

The below items have never been recyclable through your curbside recycling program. Please do not place them in your recycling bin. For alternative options, you can visit for suggestions.

Carts Are Top Heavy

Just a friendly reminder that your waste and recycling carts are top heavy. Since we are currently experiencing 60 mph winds, your carts will blow over if they’re left outside empty or have little material in them. The best option to keep them from blowing over is to bring them inside as soon as they’re emptied (if possible).  Please bag your trash (NOT your recycling) to keep loose trash from blowing around your neighborhood.

Collection Updates

Are you following us on social media? The fastest way to find out if there are collection schedule delays or cancellations is by checking our and following us on social media!

Safety First – Hot Ashes

Tis’ the season for wood stoves! It is important to keep safety in mind when handling hot ashes from wood stoves, fireplaces and fire pits. Hot ashes can cause major safety issues for not only you, but for our employees as well. Click here to learn more!

Are You Looking for a Career Change?

We’re hiring! Visit our Careers Page to find out what positions are open!

In Our Community

We had the opportunity to host 13 students from York City School District for a tour of our recycling facility! The students are implementing their own recycling system in their district through project-based learning.

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