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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Picnic

Posted June 11, 2019

School’s out and so is the sun! In our latest blog post, we’re sharing tips for having an eco-friendly picnic with your family and friends this summer.

1. Pack sustainable items instead of takeout or pre-packaged meals to reduce waste. You can cut down on waste and expenses with eco-friendly picnicware such as reusable straws, utensils and plates. You can also bring your own picnic basket or cloth bag instead of using paper or plastic bags. Don’t forget to pack your picnic blanket, cloth napkins and reusable food containers.

2. Recycle! We’re partial to this one 😉 If you choose to bring items that aren’t reusable, make sure that you recycle or dispose of them properly. Some of the most common recyclable items at a picnic are:
– Plastic water and soda bottles (throw the cap in the trash – it’s too small to be captured at our recycling facility)
– Metal soda and beer cans
– Glass wine and beer bottles
– Kids juice boxes (throw the straw in the trash)
All of the above recyclables should be clean, empty and dry before placing in a recycle bin. For a full list of what items are recyclable, please visit www.pennwaste.com.

3. Take trash with you. To ensure you leave the environment in the exact condition you found it, do not leave litter behind. It can contaminate water and land or be a danger to wildlife. Please take all your belongings and trash with you if there are no recycling or trash receptacles on site.

We hope these tips will help you enjoy your picnic with friends and family in a sustainable manner!

Recycling Basics

Posted April 22, 2019

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 – https://www.lcswma.org/recycling/)

TRANSCRIPT:

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.

Collection Update – Inclement Weather Monday, 3/4/2019 – 2 Hour Delay

Posted March 3, 2019

At this time, all Penn Waste routes will be operating on a 2 hour delay on Monday, March 4th. For any areas that are not accessible, we will accept double the normal volume on the next regular collection day.

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How to Properly Dispose of Ashes

Posted September 19, 2018

With the cooler weather of fall upon us, everyone’s breaking out their fire pits and roasting s’mores! It’s important to keep safety in mind when sitting around the fire and when the fire is done. Hot ashes can cause major safety issues for not only you, but for our employees as well. 

Hot ashes and coals from fires can remain hot enough to start fires for many hours or even days after a fire is out. The amount of time it takes for hot ashes to cool depends on many factors, some of which include how hot the fire was, what was burning, how much un-burned fuel remains if fuel was used, etc. Please keep all of these factors in mind when disposing of hot ashes.

In order to properly dispose of the hot ashes, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • If possible, allow ashes to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days. These areas are designed to contain their heat safely.
  • When it is time to dispose of ashes, test to ensure the hot ashes are cool by placing them in a cardboard box or paper bag before disposal. In this situation, never leave these ashes unattended until they are cool enough for disposal. If the ashes are too hot, they will begin to burn through the box or bag.
  • DO NOT dispose of hot ashes with yard waste material. By placing ashes with yard waste, such as tree trimmings and leaves, the potential for fires increase substantially.

Please keep these tips in mind when disposing of ashes this fall.

How to Properly Dispose of Pool Chemicals

Posted August 19, 2018

As summer comes to an end, Penn Waste would like to remind everyone that pool chemicals should not be disposed of in your trash or recycling.

Chemicals such as chlorine, muriatic acid, and sulfuric acid are used to balance and disinfect pools, while other chemicals are used to “shock” the pool. These chemicals are extremely combustible and can cause fires in the back of our trucks, putting our employees’ safety at risk.

Here are a couple suggestions on how to properly dispose of pool chemicals:

  1. Check with the store you bought your pool chemicals to see if they have any suggestions
  2. Donate extra pool chemicals to local pools around the area
  3. Check with your local Solid Waste Authority to see if they accept pool chemicals
    1. York County Solid Waste Authority
    2. Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority
    3. Cumberland County Solid Waste Authority
    4. Dauphin County Solid Waste Authority
  4. Check with your neighbors who have pools to see if they can use them.

New Recycle Guidelines

Posted July 9, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, Penn Waste is implementing new recycle guidelines. The new recycle guidelines are a result of the current recycling crisis created by China. Back in the fall, the largest buyer of recyclable material in the world, China, set unachievable contamination limits on the recyclable material they receive resulting in the recycling markets crashing. Previously, bales were allowed to have around 5% contamination in them which equates to 92lbs of contamination in a 1,850lb paper bale . At the beginning of 2018, China imposed a 0.5% contamination limit on imported recyclables from any country which equates to only 9lbs of contamination in a 1,850lb bale of paper. This is an impossible level of contamination for recycling companies to achieve.

Subsequently, Penn Waste has taken a “Back to Basics” approach in an attempt to try and meet the new contamination limits.  Please see below for our new recycle guidelines.

If it is not listed below, do not place it in your recycle bin. 

 

Change in China Recycling Policy Driving Costs in the Midstate

Posted June 15, 2018

Written by Rachel McDevitt | WITF News, Jun 14, 2018 6:51 PM

Source – http://www.witf.org/news/2018/06/change-in-china-recycling-policy-driving-costs-in-midstate.php

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(Harrisburg) — The cost of recycling will likely go up for many midstate communities over the next few years.

A change of standards in China is causing recycling processors in the U.S. to recalculate.

China is the largest importer of U.S. recyclables. At the beginning of this year, the country enacted a ban on some materials and strictly limited the contamination allowed in shipments of others, from five percent to half a percent.

That’s driving up costs for processors like Penn Waste, which collects recycling from 70 municipalities in the region.

Marketing director Amanda Davidson said 35 percent of the material they collect as recycling is garbage that then needs to be disposed of.

A big problem is “hopeful recycling,” which means people will put things in recycling bins they want to be recyclable but should really be thrown out.

“So diapers, car parts, hoses, electrical cords, medical waste, clothing, mattresses. We’ve gotten deer carcasses. Deer season is a horrible time of year at our recycle center,” Davidson said as she gave examples.

She said now there’s added pressure to get these sometimes-hazardous items out of the waste stream.

Penn Waste has been investing in labor and equipment to reduce contamination.

The company is now charging a sustainability fee for commercial and private subscription customers.

Davidson said they are approaching municipalities now to see if they can renegotiate waste contracts to add a sustainability fee.

“Even if we don’t get a small increase now, everyone’s going to see a large increase later to make up for the impact that the recycling crisis is having,” she said.

The company plans to release new guidelines next month that should make it easier for customers to understand what’s recyclable and what’s not.

Penn Waste Wins 2018 Excellence Award

Posted June 6, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: 

Amanda Davidson
Director of Marketing

PENN WASTE, INC. EXEMPLIFIES COMMITMENT TO PROPER WASTE DISPOSAL
WINS SWANA 2018 EXCELLENCE AWARD

York, PA  (June 4, 2018) –The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced yesterday that Penn Waste, Inc. has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Recycle Systems category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.

Penn Waste, Inc.is receiving the award for its York, Pennsylvania, 45-tph single stream system retrofit.

“We continue to invest in technology to boost throughput, recovery and purity,” said Amanda Davidson, director of marketing.  “The complete retrofit took only 9 days. The results have led us to continue to expand our reach in what have become turbulent market conditions.”

The winning entry can be found on SWANA’s website in August.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

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Penn Waste Excellence Award

About Penn Waste, Inc.
Founded in 2000 by Scott Wagner, Penn Waste is South Central PA’s premier choice for residential and commercial waste removal and recycling services. A locally owned and operated company, Penn Waste is committed to improving the communities we serve throughout the counties of York, Lancaster, Adams, Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry. For more information, visit www.PennWaste.com

About SWANA:
For more than 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field. The association serves more than 10,000 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications and technical training courses.

How to Properly Dispose of Old Propane Tanks

Posted July 18, 2016

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 www.RecycleMorePA.com.

Take a Tour of our New Recycling Facility

Posted June 3, 2015

Want to see our new recycle facility? We have created a tour of our new Material Recovery Facility so all of our customers can see what happens to their recyclables once it comes to our facility. Please check out the tour below.

Be sure to stay up to date with all things recycling and collection updates by signing up for our E-News Updates. Consider following us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates on your news feeds. We also use Pinterest and Google+ if you are active on those sites.

Winter Weather Reminders 2015

Posted January 23, 2015

In anticipation of the bad weather in the forecast over the next few days, below are several winter reminders to ensure your safety, the safety of our employees and that your trash and recycling gets collected. (more…)

Collection Update: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015

Posted January 16, 2015

Monday, January 19th, 2015: All Penn Waste routes will be running on schedule during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.

To stay up to date, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for tips on recycling and collection updates! We also send recycling tips and collection updates through email if you sign up for our E-News Update!

Collection Update – Inclement Weather 1/12/15

Posted January 11, 2015

Due to inclement weather, all Penn Waste routes will be operating on a two hour delay.

Want to stay up to date on holiday collections and recycling tips? Be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for tips on recycling and collection updates! We also send recycling tips and collection updates through email if you sign up for our E-News Update!

Small Business Saturday

Posted November 28, 2014

Banner_IShopSmallWith the holidays just around the corner, many are taking to the shops to get a head start on their gifts this year. If you are planning on holiday shopping this weekend, Penn Waste would like to remind you that Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. By patronizing local businesses you are directly support your community’s core economy. Please consider intentionally making at least one purchase at a locally owned businesses this Saturday, November 29th.

Want to find a great shop to visit? For more information on great local businesses, please check out the Buy Local Coalition!

Collection Update: Veterans Day

Posted November 10, 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014: All Penn Waste routes will be running on schedule for the Veterans Day holiday.

To stay up to date, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for tips on recycling and collection updates! We also send recycling tips and collection updates through email if you sign up for our E-News Update!

Collection Update: Election Day

Posted November 3, 2014

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014: All Penn Waste routes will be running on schedule for Election Day.

To stay up to date, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for tips on recycling and collection updates! We also send recycling tips and collection updates through email if you sign up for our E-News Update!

Collection Update: Columbus Day Holiday

Posted October 10, 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014: All Penn Waste routes will be running on schedule for the Columbus Day Holiday.

To stay up to date, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for tips on recycling and collection updates! We also send recycling tips and collection updates through email if you sign up for our E-News Update!

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted August 22, 2014

Penn Waste was recently nominated to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge to Strike Out ALS. Many of our employees were more than happy to rise to the occasion. Below is a link to our video.

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We nominated Eagle Disposal, KBS Trucking and Scott Wagner to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge or donate to the ALS Foundation. Penn Waste will also be making a contribution to the ALS Foundation.

If you would like to make a contribution, please visit www.alsa.org/donate.

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Collection Update – Fourth of July Holiday

Posted June 27, 2014

Fourth of July Holiday Collection Schedule: Friday, July 4th, 2014

Residential Customers: Due to the Fourth of July Holiday, all regular Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one (1) day. Monday through Thursday customers will be collected on your normal collection day. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday. (more…)

Garbage Man Day

Posted June 17, 2014

This week, we celebrate the individuals that ensure a clean environment and sanitary living conditions, the garbage collectors. On June 17th, we celebrate Garbage Man Day, a time to show appreciation for those in the waste and recycling industry. (more…)

Collection Update – Memorial Day Holiday

Posted May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Holiday Collection Schedule: Monday, May 26th, 2014

Residential Customers: Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, all regular Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one (1) day. 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.

Penn Waste wishes all our customers a safe and happy holiday.

Want to stay up to date on holiday collections and recycling tips? Be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for tips on recycling and collection updates! We also send recycling tips and collection updates through email if you sign up for our E-News Update!

What Do You Know About Yard Waste?

Posted May 21, 2014

{D3758600-D255-45BF-85EB-244F280E2202}It’s almost Memorial Day Weekend, a time for many that to take care of yard projects they have been putting off for nice weather. A by-product of this outdoor work is yard waste. Yard waste is material such as tree trimmings, shrubbery and other organic landscape vegetation. So what can you do to take dispose of this waste? Keep reading for more information. (more…)

National Small Business Week

Posted May 13, 2014

Did you know that this week is Small Business Week? May 12th through May 16th is Small Business Week all across America. Are you doing your part to support your local small businesses? (more…)

Collection Update – Good Friday

Posted April 17, 2014

Friday, April 18th, 2014: All Penn Waste routes will be running on schedule on Good Friday.

To stay up to date, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for tips on recycling and collection updates! We also send recycling tips and collection updates through email if you sign up for our E-News Update!

Support Small Businesses this Saturday

Posted November 29, 2013

SmallBusinessSaturdayWe hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday as much as we did! If you are planning on holiday shopping this weekend, Penn Waste would like to remind you that Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. By patronizing local businesses you are directly support your community’s core economy. Please consider intentionally making at least one purchase at a locally owned businesses this Saturday, November 30th.

Want to find a great shop to visit? Visit this map and begin the search for great local businesses! For more information on great local businesses, please check out the Buy Local Coalition!