Montgomery Township

Recycling

Welcome!  On this page you will find information regarding recycling requirements in Montgomery Township.  You will also find information on the Township’s Recycling Ordinance, recycling grants, and leaf collection program.  In addition, you can find recycling articles, hauler contact information, and information on what materials you can recycle.

Residential Curbside Recycling

Montgomery Township requires that residents recycle.  The following lists include haulers operating within the Township, as well as commonly accepted materials.

Haulers

Commonly Recycled Materials

  • Paper – newspaper, office/copy paper, glossy paper, color paper, cardboard, junk mail, phone books, cereal/cracker boxes
  • Plastic – bottles and jugs No. 1-7
  • Glass – clear, green and brown containers
  • Metal – aluminum, steel, tin, and bimetal food containers

*Be sure to check with your hauler for a complete list of accepted recyclable materials 

Yard Waste 

Montgomery Township has both a monthly leaf & yard waste drop-off collection and two curbside pick-up collections annually for Township Residents.  Leaf waste is defined as leaves, garden residues shrubbery and tree trimmings, and similar material, but does not include grass clippings.  Yard waste is defined as twigs, shrub trimmings, small branches, and like vegetative matter.  All materials for both the drop-off and the curbside pick-up must be placed in brown paper biodegradable leaf bags.  No exceptions!  There are two curbside pick-ups, one in the spring and one in the fall.  Please have all of the leaf & yard waste placed in paper biodegradable leaf bags and out by the curb on the night before the pick-up.

FALL CURBSIDE PICK-UP DATE- TBD – Please have all of the leaf and yard waste placed in paper biodegradable leaf bags and out by the curb on the night before the pick-up. If the yard waste is not in a paper biodegradable bag, or does not fit in your paper biodegradable bag, we cannot take it.

Leaf & Yard Waste Monthly Drop-Off Collection: Held every month, usually on the third Saturday of the month.  The collection takes place at the William F. Maule Park at Windlestrae off of Kenas Road from 8AM-Noon.  Drop-offs are prohibited outside of this collection.

The 2016 Leaf & Yard Waste Monthly Drop-Off Collection Dates are:

  • January 16, 2016
  • February 20, 2016
  • March 19, 2016
  • April 16, 2016
  • May 21, 2016
  • June 18, 2016
  • July 16, 2016
  • August 20, 2016
  • September 17, 2016
  • October 15, 2016

If you have any questions about leaf & yard waste collections, please contact the Township at 215-393-6900

*Montgomery Township does NOT allow burning of yard waste. 

Residential Drop-Off Recycling

Montgomery Township offers year-round cardboard recycling at the Township building located at 1001 Stump Road in Montgomeryville.

Montgomery County Recycling Events

Montgomery County offers recycling events throughout the year for materials that aren’t commonly collected in curbside recycling.  Check out the flyer for more information.

Paper Retriever Recycling (Suburban Waste Services)

You can go green and raise money for your school or nonprofit organization with a paper recycling program called Paper Retriever.  It’s free and easy to get started.  Check out their webpage for more information.

Residents can also drop off paper recycling at current Paper Retriever bin locations.  To find a bin closest to you click here.

Yard Waste

The Barnside Farm Compost Facility offers leaf and yard waste drop-off.  For more information visit their website.

For more recycling drop-off locations check out the PA DEP Drop-Off Locator.

Commercial and Non-Residential Recycling

Commercial and non-residential establishments are required to recycle in Montgomery Township.  The following lists include haulers operating within the Township as well as commonly accepted materials.

Haulers

Commonly Recycled Materials

  • Paper – newspaper, office paper, cardboard and more
  • Plastic – bottles and jugs No. 1-7
  • Glass – clear, green and brown containers
  • Metal – aluminum, steel, tin, and bimetal food containers

*Be sure to check with your hauler for a complete list of accepted recyclable materials 

Montgomery County Recycling Programs

Montgomery County has the following recycling programs:

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program
  • Campaign Sign Recycling Program
  • Paper Shredding Program
  • Tire Collection Program

Go to the following link for information on each recycling program.

Recycling Electronic Devices

The Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108, CDRA) establishes requirements for consumers and manufacturers to recycle covered electronic devices including computers, televisions, tablets, and cell phones.  Through this Act the Pennsylvania General Assembly aims to greatly reduce what has become one of the fastest waste contributors today.

Unfortunately, Montgomery County was not able to hold electronics collection events in 2015.  Although state law requires electronics manufacturers to offer recycling opportunities for TVs and computers, those manufacturers are no longer sponsoring county recycling collections in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. Concern about the lack of county collection events should be directed to the appropriate State Representative and Senator. An amendment to the state electronics recycling law, called the Covered Device Recycling Act, is needed to ensure the availability of recycling outlets.  See this link for more information on recycling electronic devices.

Composting

Composting offers many benefits from enriching soils to economic benefits.  Using proper composting techniques you can remediate soils that have been contaminated or enhance nutrients while suppressing diseases and pests.  Soil enhanced with compost also requires less water and eliminates the need for harmful pesticides and fertilizers.  Click on the link for helpful tips and information on composting.

Recycling Facts and Tips

Waste Facts

  • The average person in Pennsylvania generates 4.8 pounds of solid waste per day or 1,752 pounds per year!! (Pennsylvania Resource Council)
  • 3% of America’s energy is used for producing packaging (PA DEP).
  • One pound of recycled steel saves 5.450 BTU’s of energy or 26 hours of a 60-watt bulb (PA DEP).
  • Americans throw away enough paper every year to build a 12 feet high wall from Los Angeles to New York (Environmental Defense). 

Recycling Tips / Hints

  • Wash all bottles and container, this prevents contamination and keeps insects away.
  • Throw the caps away.
  • Put your newspapers in a paper bag or tie them in bundles.
  • Do not place broken glass in recycling.
  • Be sure what your trash hauler accepts. Contact their customer service department and ask them to send you information about what they recycle.

Recycled Glass
Recycled glass can be used to make new glass bottles and jars, insulation, and construction materials, such as road aggregate.  Artisans use recycled glass for everything from jewelry to stained glass to vases.  Recycled glass can be used forever.

When we recycle one ton of glass, we save one ton of resources. Not only do we save resources by recycling glass, we reduce air pollution. Producing one ton of new glass creates 27.8 pounds of air pollution, while processing recycled glass produces 14-20% less air pollution. In addition, glass can be recycled forever!! (Environmental Systems of America, Inc.)

Recycled Metals
Did you know? It takes 500 years for an aluminum can to decompose.  The most valuable of household recycled materials, aluminum, steel, and bimetal materials, are collected as part of the residential recycling program.

One recycled can saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for 3.5 hours (PA DEP). Using recycled aluminum saves 80% of the total energy consumed when aluminum is produced from scratch (Thoreau Center for Sustainability).

Steel and bimetals can also be efficiently recycled into new products such as canned products.  Some steel from disposed vehicles has been used to make products for new vehicles. There are a number of ways that metal can be recycled and reused; it just takes a little creativity.

Recycled Paper
It can take up to five years for newspaper to decompose. What do you think – is newspaper worth recycling? Conservation is the main benefit of recycling all materials. One ton of paper saves 17 trees, 6,953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 9 cubic yards of landfill space, and 4,077 Kilowatt hours of energy (Environmental Systems of America, Inc.).

For many people recycled paper is used every day.  Recycled paper is used for toilet paper, paper towels, newspaper, and office paper.

In addition to household products, recycled paper is used for construction materials, such as insulation, wallboard, flooring, padding, and more. Recycled paper is also repulped and molded into egg cartons, fruit trays, and flower pots.

Recycled Plastic
There are several types of plastic. The most commonly recycled plastics are high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE). HDPE (plastic marked with a “2”) is the colored or opaque plastic usually used for things like laundry detergent bottles and milk jugs. PET (plastic marked with a “1”) is the clear plastic usually used for things like soda bottles and cleaning products.

Other plastics are recycled less frequently, such as the plastic used for grocery bags.

Earth-Wise Shopping
To maintain recycling programs, people need to purchase items made of recycled products. By purchasing recycled products, you are “closing the loop”. Not only do you save energy and resources, but you also promote a new market.

Buying in bulk and with less packaging is one way to reduce waste. Watch out for bulk items that have individually wrapped items inside; buying these products does not help reduce waste.

Avoid buying one-time use products, such as paper plates, plastic forks, etc.

Consider using canvas bags or similar reusable bags when shopping. Buy products that are reusable. It can take many years for a plastic bag to decompose.

You can also bring your used plastic or paper bags back to the grocery store so they can be used a few more times before they go into the trash or into recycling boxes.

For more information about recycled products check out the Pennsylvania Resource Council’s website, or call 1-800-GO-TO-PRC.

Rules and Regulations

The goals of Montgomery Township’s Recycling Ordinance and rules and regulations are to promote, require and regulate recycling in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents.

Statutes and Regulations from the Department of Environmental Protection website can be found here.

Section 904 Recycling Grant

The Pennsylvania DEP Recycling Performance Grant provides funding to municipalities with recycling programs to help build and expand their recycling programs.  The Performance Grant is based on the success of the recycling efforts in Montgomery Township, therefore the award can increase as the Residential and Commercial recycling rate grows.

For more information on the DEP Section 904 Recycling Grant click here.

More Resources

For more information about Montgomery Township, visit www.montgomerytwp.org

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