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The #1 Reason Why You Should Bag Your Trash

Posted August 5, 2020

Many residents ask why we require them to bag their trash, even if they’re placing it directly into a trash can or trash mobile cart. The answer is simple: Safety.

Loose trash in your waste receptacle is dangerous to our employees. When it’s dumped from your container into the back of our truck, loose trash such as debris and liquids can spray in our employees faces or get on their skin.

Cat litter dust, paint splatter, broken glass, dog poop, saw dust – Would you want any of these items splattering on you if you were collecting the trash?

COVID19 has amplified the need for trash to be bagged in order for us to protect the health and safety of our employees.

In addition, bagging your trash helps to prevent waste from contaminating your property. Less loose trash and light debris will get blown or thrown from the collection area if it is bagged. There’s also less chance for liquids from the truck to spray the surrounding area.

By bagging your trash, you’re helping to protect your property and keep our employees safe.

A Scary Trend

Posted July 17, 2020

We need your HELP!

Hazardous waste continues to be an issue we are now dealing with on a WEEKLY basis. It should NEVER go in your curbside trash and recycling.

The result is always the same…a FIRE. This puts our employees lives in danger and causes major down time for our crews. We are already short-staffed due to a number of reasons and THIS has a ripple effect on our service.

When a truck catches on fire, it must immediately pull over in an opening parking lot and dump all contents out of the truck. 911 must be called, fire crews have to come put it out, hazmat occasionally has to get involved, and our employees need checked out for injuries. A professional cleaning crew must then come out and clean up any residue from the parking lot we dumped on.

Please do not put pool chemicals (or chemicals of any kind), rechargeable batteries, propane tanks, or anything else that could be combustible in your curbside trash and recycling. THANK YOU!

Here’s our resource guide for safe disposal of hazardous waste – http://ow.ly/sgLF50AzZPq

Resources for Getting Rid of Hazardous Waste

Posted May 6, 2020

Do you have hazardous waste but you’re not sure how to get rid of it? Click on this link to download our Hazardous Waste Resource Guide.

Hazardous waste is considered pool chemicals, lithium batteries (rechargeable batteries), hot ashes, live ammunition and propane tanks.

Bulk Item & Yard Waste Programs to Resume

Posted April 24, 2020

Although we are still working with a depleted workforce, we will be resuming our yard waste and bulk item collection programs. We understand that there is a need for these materials to be collected and we appreciate your understanding while we worked through the difficult circumstances that led us to delay these services for a period of time.
We will be resuming Yard Waste collections beginning on May 2nd. The yard waste collections will follow your regularly scheduled collection schedule for May. If you do not know when your yard waste collection is scheduled, you can find out by visiting your municipality’s page on our website – https://www.pennwaste.com/for-your-home/municipalities/.

We understand that customers may have yard waste ready to be collected, but we ask that residents hold until their next regularly scheduled collection day and place a reasonable amount of yard waste curbside. We will not be able to collect an unlimited amount of yard waste from each home, so by asking residents to place a reasonable amount curbside, it will ensure that the entire route is completed.
Bulk item collection will resume on Monday, May 4th on your next regularly scheduled collection day. We will be collecting one bulk item per week per residence. We will strive to clean up any back log over the next two months. This is in order to make sure our crews are able to finish routes in a timely manner.

If you are unsure of when your bulk item collection is, please visit your municipality’s page on our website – https://www.pennwaste.com/for-your-home/municipalities/.
Also, please bundle any excess cardboard you may have in order to allow our crews to collect this material in an efficient manner.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this crisis.

Collection Update – Lower Windsor Township

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Attention Lower Windsor Township residential customers – You will be collected tomorrow (Saturday, April 25th). As we continue to deal with a depleted workforce due to the Covid-19 crisis, we need to push your collection back one day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

New Collection Mandates Take Effect Monday

Posted March 27, 2020

Effective Monday, March 30th, Penn Waste will be enforcing the following collection mandates in an effort to protect our frontline team members and as a result of having a limited workforce during this COVID-19 pandemic:

  • All trash must be bagged and tied. If you’re in a municipality that has a mobile cart, all bags must be placed inside your mobile cart. Loose items will not be collected.

 

  • All recyclable materials must be placed inside your recycling container(s), including your flattened cardboard. Recyclable items left outside of your recycling container will not be collected.

 

  • We will enforce the bag and/ or cart limits as designated by your municipality. If you do not know what your limits are, you can check on our website by selecting your municipality on our municipality resource page – https://www.pennwaste.com/for-your-home/municipalities/.

 

  • Bulk item and yard waste collection is suspended until further notice. We are doing this so we can continue to focus all our efforts and personnel on trash and recycling collection.

All of the above actions are being put in place to help protect the health and safety of our team members. After the COVID-19 crisis is over, we will resume our normal collection practices and reinstate bulk item and yard waste collection services. Please continue to check our website and your municipality’s website for updates.

Penn Waste takes great pride in being a trusted partner in the South-Central Pennsylvania community for the last 20 years. We appreciate your help, understanding, and patience as we all navigate these unprecedented times together.

 

 

 

Important Service Updates

Posted March 20, 2020

As a result of Governor Wolf’s recent Executive Order in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have several important updates to share with you.

Effective Monday, 3/23/20, Penn Waste Residential Collections will operate as follows:

Trash Collection – On Schedule as Normal
Recycle Collection – On Schedule as Normal 

Yard Waste Collection – Temporary suspension until further notice
Bulk Item Collection- Temporary suspension until further notice

We are doing this so we can continue to focus all our efforts and personnel on trash and recycling collection.

The collection of trash is our top priority as improperly managed waste can create conditions that may have severe adverse effects on public health, safety and the environment.

ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES:
Monday, March 23rd, administrative staff will be working remotely and we will have limited staff on premise. If you need to pay your bill, you can still mail it in, pay your bill online at https://www.pennwaste.com/pay-your-bill/, or pay over the phone via our automated system by calling 717-767-4456.

Residential Customers – If you have an emergency, please send us an email at info@pennwaste.comPlease do not send an email unless it is a real emergency.

Commercial Customers – Any requests should be emailed to  commercialcs@pennwaste.com.

Both emails will be monitored during our normal 8AM-5PM business ours.

If we have more service changes to communicate, we will continue to share additional updates via our social media channels, website, email blasts and we will make individual contacts as necessary.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to navigate these unprecedented times.

Help Us Keep Our Employees Safe

Posted March 19, 2020

As we continue to provide an essential service to our customers, we’re asking for your help to keep our employees safe.

What Can You Do To Help?

  1. Bag & tie your household trash. Household trash that is not properly bagged and tied is susceptible to spills and further increases the risk of exposure for our personnel to potentially infectious waste.
  2. Continue to place recyclable items loose in your bin. Refer to our recycling guidelines on what is acceptable. Do not place items such as plastic bags, tissues, napkins, food-soaked material etc. in your recycling bin.
  3. Limit interaction with our team members. We love our Penn Waste fans, but please say hi to our employees from a safe distance.
  4. Properly dispose of medical waste. Medical waste such as needles used to administer medication to individuals or pets should be placed in a rigid plastic container that has a lid (such as a detergent bottle or coffee can), clearly marked “Sharps”, sealed shut and placed inside a garbage bag in the TRASH.
  5. Utilize our website and email contact form. Many of your frequently asked questions are addressed on our website. If you have a question, please consider contacting Penn Waste via our contact form on our website at www.PennWaste.com instead of calling in.
  6. Pay Your Bill Online – You can pay your bill online at www.PennWaste.com

What Are We Doing?
Our number one value at Penn Waste is the safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. We are closely monitoring the current situation and are following guidance from the CDC, WHO, and our state and local public health officials. We have also implemented measures to prevent the spread of illnesses, including COVID-19. At Penn Waste. We recognize that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has tremendous unknowns and could cause unanticipated service delays, service interruptions, or unusually high call volumes.

At Penn Waste, we have developed and implemented business continuity plans to ensure our operations run as effectively as possible during this unique period in order to keep our commitment to provide the best possible service in a courteous, effective manner, and show respect and gratitude for those we are fortunate to serve.

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your patience and trust in Penn Waste.

A Message Regarding (COVID-19)

Posted March 18, 2020

Dear Penn Waste Customer:

Our number one value at Penn Waste is the safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. We are closely monitoring the current situation and are following guidance from the CDC, WHO, and our state and local public health officials. We recognize that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has tremendous unknowns and could cause unanticipated service delays, service interruptions, or unusually high call volumes.

We provide an essential service within our communities and strive to meet our customer commitments. At Penn Waste, we have developed and implemented business continuity plans to ensure our operations run as effectively as possible during this unique period in order to keep our commitment to provide the best possible service in a courteous, effective manner, and show respect and gratitude for those we are fortunate to serve.

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your patience and trust in Penn Waste.

COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Due to the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to let you know that we are committed to working together during these unprecedented times.  We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation daily and will send updates as necessary.

As of today, Wednesday, March 18th, we are operating on a normal schedule.

We have taken precautions to protect our employees but ask for your help as well. Please limit your interactions with your waste and recycling teams when you see them in your neighborhoods.

In addition, please utilize our Pay Your Bill function on our website, pay over the phone (717-767-4456) or mail in your payment to help limit face-to-face interaction with our team members.

We will continue to share updates via our website, email blasts, social media channels, and make individual contacts when necessary.

Stay safe everyone!

COVID-19 Update: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Posted March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Saturday, March 14, 2020) – At this time, all Penn Waste operations are conducting business as usual. As of today, we do not have any changes in service. As the current situation is still evolving, it is too early to say if our operations will be impacted.

Safety remains our #1 priority at Penn Waste. As the emerging health crisis takes place, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and make necessary decisions based off of the safety and well-being of our employees and customers. We do encourage everyone to check back regularly for updates via our social media pages, website, email blasts, and we will make individual contacts as appropriate. Stay safe everyone!

Recycle Responsibly – What NOT to Put in Your Recycling Bin

Posted November 15, 2019

In honor of America Recycles Day, we’d like to remind all of our customers to please recycle responsibly! Check out our latest video on what you should NOT be placing in the recycling bin & why it’s important you recycle right!

Yard Waste Preparation Tips

Posted October 14, 2019

How to Prepare Your Yard Waste Properly:

It’s that time of year again – cutting plants back, raking up leaves, and trimming your hedges one last time this season! We compiled a list of tips for you to keep in mind when preparing your yard waste to ensure it gets collected and disposed of properly.

  1. No Plastic Bags – Do not place plastic bags INSIDE of your yard waste containers or brown paper yard waste bags. All yard waste trimmings should be placed loosely into these containers.
  2. Container / Yard Waste Bag Weights – Please be mindful of how heavy the container is when placing yard waste into your containers and brown paper yard waste bags. When you smash down trimmings it can become severely compacted. This makes it difficult for our employees to lift the bags and containers. This may result in material getting stuck in the bottom of the yard waste containers. If you have to drag your containers and bags to the curb, they’re too heavy.
  3. Bundles of Trimmings – Bundles of tree and bush trimmings should be no longer than 4 feet in length, no wider than a basketball, and branches may not exceed 6 inches in diameter. Bundles should also not weigh more than 30 pounds each. This ensures our employees can safely collect the material and it fits in our trucks. You can use any type of biodegradable twine to bundle your trimmings.
  4. Thorns – Be mindful of any trimmings that have thorns on them. Please give our team members an easy and safe way to handle this material as thorn bushes are a major safety hazard for our employees. We encourage you not to bundle these items, but to place them inside of brown paper yard waste bags or to use a yard waste container so our employees have a safe way to pick them up and dump them in to the truck.
  5. Leaves – Check with your local municipality to see if leaves are accepted as part of your yard waste collection. Some municipalities allow them and some do not.
  6. Grass Clippings, Dirt, Stones, Tree Stumps, and Fruits & Vegetables – As always, the previously mentioned items should NOT be placed out for yard waste collection.

Safe Disposal of Toilets

Posted September 16, 2019

Toilets may not be something you initially think of as being a safety hazard to our team members but they are when not placed at the curb properly! In the last few weeks, we’ve seen an influx of cracked or broken toilets being placed curbside. They are collected as trash but we would like to encourage all of our residents to either place them out in two pieces (as shown in the photo below) or sit the cracked pieces out separately. Please do not place any cracked pieces back together so the toilet is sitting curbside looking as if it is not broken. Toilets should be placed curbside in two pieces when disposing of them – the tank and the seat should be taken apart.

We’ve had multiple instances where our team members pick up a toilet and the cracked, porcelain pieces fall apart as they are loading it into the truck. Broken porcelain is extremely sharp and toilets are dirty. These incidents have resulted in lacerations to our team members legs requiring stitches.

As always, thanks for helping us keep our team members safe!

 

Do NOT Place Pool Chemicals in Your Trash & Recycling Bins!

Posted August 29, 2019

Penn Waste would like to issue a reminder to residents in south central Pennsylvania that pool chemicals should NOT be disposed of in your curbside trash and recycling bins. Pool chemicals are considered hazardous waste and need to be disposed of properly. Scroll down to learn more.

The Problem

As noted by the EPA, pool chemicals are hazardous because when they mix with a small quantity of water or are improperly mixed, such as with other chemicals or reactive materials, they can ignite causing fires. They can also cause skin irritation and release toxic vapors.

Many pool chemicals are highly reactive and capable of generating high temperatures which will start fires. Reactivity may be triggered by water wetting the chemical or by the inadvertent mixing of pool chemicals with an incompatible material.

When pool chemicals are disposed of in the trash or recycling, there is a high risk of them reacting because they will come in contact with other liquids in our trucks. Rain, high humidity, and other general liquids disposed of in your trash and recycling can cause the pool chemicals to react when they get collected by our truck resulting in a truck fire (as seen in the above photo).

The Solution
Do not place pool chemicals in your trash and recycling! Here are several options for getting rid of pool chemicals:

  1. Take them to a facility that handles hazardous waste. Make sure you check with your local solid waste authority to see if they accept pool chemicals prior to arriving.
  • 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
  1. Check with the pool store you originally bought them from to see if they have a disposal method.
  1. Donate them to a community pool or your neighbors who have pools.
  2. Shock your pool by dumping the left over pool chemicals in before you close it for the season.

We appreciate your help in keeping our team members safe!

Tips On Proper Mobile Cart Placement

Posted August 20, 2019

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!

How to Properly Dispose of Propane Tanks

Posted August 12, 2019

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.

 

Rechargeable Batteries Are A Fire Hazard

Posted July 19, 2019

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

Why ‘Tanglers’ Don’t Belong in Your Recycling Bin

Posted June 24, 2019

TRANSCRIPT:

Many people try to recycle items that cannot be recycled or processed by the equipment we use at our recycling facility.

Some common materials are what we call “tanglers.”

Tanglers are non-recyclable items that get wrapped around the rolling screens which are used to help separate recyclables during the recycling process.

Penn Waste team members do try to remove as many of the tanglers as possible, but some still make it through.

Some examples of tanglers are – Plastic Shopping Bags, Garbage Bags, Hoses, Clothing, Rope, Christmas lights, plastic and metal strapping, towels, electrical cords, and VHS tapes.

Meet Moises.

Moises is 1 of 10 Penn Waste team members who must climb into the machinery and cut off the tanglers.

It takes at least 1 hour to remove the tanglers from each of the 4 screens and this required maintenance happens 4 times per day.

The machinery must be shut down during this time which wastes time and money. In addition, climbing into the equipment puts our employees in harm’s way.

The good new is, you can help!

Please do not bag your recyclables. Also, do not place plastic bags, plastic packaging, or other non-recyclable items in your curbside recycling bin.

There’s a list of acceptable items at www.pennwaste.com and here’s a reminder…. The only items that should be going in your curbside recycling bin are metal cans, plastic bottles and containers with numbers 1,2 and 5 on the bottom, newspaper, glass bottles and jars, dry and flattened cardboard, and cartons.

And don’t forget…all of these items should be clean and dry before placing in your recycling bin.

Moises and the rest of the Penn Waste team appreciates your help! For more information, visit www.PennWaste.com

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.

Inclement Weather - Penn Waste

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.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Still

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!