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/)
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.