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Monthly Archives: August 2022

How to Properly Dispose of Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries, such as those found in common household items like cell phones, tablets, toys, electric toothbrushes, tools, and remote controls should NEVER be placed in your curbside trash and recycling bins because they start fires. For this reason, rechargeable batteries need to be handled with special care. To find a drop-off location that accepts rechargeable batteries, please visit and put in your zip code. You can also call them at 1-877-2-RECYCLE.

In addition, many big box retailers accept rechargeable batteries. Some examples, are Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Staples.

What types of items have rechargeable batteries?

Smart Devices such as Smart Locks and Ring Doorbells

Children’s Toys such as Remote Control Cars

Electric Toothbrushes

Smoke Detectors

Remote Controls

Sporting Goods such as bike lights and golf rangefinders

Digital Cameras

Portable Radios

Cell Phones

Baby Monitors


Power Tools

Vaping Devices

E-Bikes, Hoverboards, and Scooters

Thank you for your help in keeping our employees and your property safe!

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Driving Tips to Promote a Safe Back-to-School Season

Summer is ending and school will be starting back up soon. Penn Waste would like to remind the communities we service to take precautionary measures when near our garbage trucks to ensure a safe environment. Here are some safety tips to help keep our communities safe:

  1. Keep Your Distance – Garbage trucks are bulky with many blind spots. Keeping your distance will ensure we can see you AND no debris hits you, your children or your vehicle should it accidentally fall out of our truck. Please stay back at least 30 feet. Also, do not let your children go near or climb on the truck.
  2. If you cannot see the driver’s eyes, they most likely cannot see you.
  3. Proceed Carefully – If you must pass a garbage truck, do so with extreme caution. Make sure none of our employees or pedestrians are nearby and there is no on-coming traffic.
  4. Stay Calm – Getting frustrated and having road rage will not make our trucks move any faster. Irrational behavior will only lead to any accident.
  5. Stay Alert – Garbage trucks stop and start often due to the nature of our business, which is why it is important not to be distracted near one. If you hear a back-up alarm, move away from the truck.
  6. It takes a garbage truck twice as along as a passenger car to stop which is also, why it is important to keep your distance.

Penn Waste is committed to the safety of our employees and the communities we service. Please drive carefully around our vehicles and be extra vigilant since children will be returning to their bus stops soon.

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