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Collection Update: Labor Day Holiday 2016

Labor Day Holiday Collection Schedule: Monday, September 5th, 2016

Due to the Labor Day Holiday, all residential Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one (1) day for the entire 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.

Special Note:

Newberry Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday, 9/17/16 due to the holiday.

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

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Back to School Recycling

A new school year is upon us! And along with alarms, homework, and pop quizzes, are school supplies and packed lunches. Believe it or not, there is a way to go green as you prepare for the year ahead.

A large way in which we can go green is by reducing the amount of waste that is created. In order to reduce, remember to reuse. Many folders and binders available today are durable, and can be used for more than just one school year. This applies to pens and pencils as well.

If you find that you do need to make a new purchase, consider purchasing long lasting materials. Mechanical pencils for example, can be used indefinitely, and many are made of bio-degradable plastic barrels. Also, look for products that are made from recycled materials, these can include pencils, paper and even backpacks. school-supplies

Along with reducing and reusing, comes recycling. Make a conscious effort to recycle all paper. Whether it be used notebook paper or school hand-outs, see that they find their home in the recycling bin.

Remember that reusing and recycling can apply to lunch time as well. Packing a lunch in a reusable lunch bag is always a green choice. Also, buying in bulk and packing in reusable containers rather than packing individually wrapped snacks is another way to stay green. Lastly, always remember to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cartons, and any other recyclable containers that are used during lunch time.

All of these are ways in which we can create a green community for both present and future generations.

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How to Properly Dispose of Old Propane Tanks

We’re not here to settle the great debate between charcoal and gas grilling. This summer, we just want to remind you of how to properly dispose of old propane tanks, just in case your loyalty leans towards gas grilling. Although Penn Waste encourages the recycling of most metal containers, we do have an exception and that is propane tanks.  Propane tanks should not be placed with either recycling or trash.  This includes both large and small propane tanks, such as those used for camping stoves, torches and other small appliances and tools.

Propane tanks, even empty, pose a safety risk for our employees if they enter our recycling trucks or facilities.

Luckily, there are some alternatives for disposing of propane tanks.

  1. You can refill your propane tank and reuse it.
  2. You can exchange your propane tank for a new one.
  3. You can take your old tank to a local facility which permits propane tank disposal.

Propane TankAmeriGas and U-Haul are two locations that offer refill stations so that you can reuse your old tank, and Blue Rhino will allow you to exchange your old propane tank for a new one.  Facilities that allow you to dispose of your old tank depend on the area in which you live.

Below are some resources for different disposal locations in our service area:

York County

Lancaster County

Cumberland County

For any other questions you may have in regards to recycling and items which may or may not be accepted, please consult our recycling guidelines on our website at

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