Welcome! Recycling is required in Souderton Borough. On this page you will find the following information: recycling requirements, residential curbside recycling, what materials you can recycle, leaf collection program, hauler contact information, commercial and non-residential recycling, electronic device recycling, and composting. This page also contains recycling facts and a link to our recycling ordinance.
Recycling Education Program
Educating the public about recycling is an important element of our recycling program and is required by Pennsylvania Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act. Our recycling program consists of two elements: publishing recycling requirements and information on this website, and sending out an educational publication to all residents at least once per year.
Residential Curbside Recycling
Souderton Borough requires that residents recycle and offers a recycling program called single-stream, which makes it easier than ever to recycle. Residents can recycle more and throw away less waste with a larger wheeled tote for recycling. Recyclables can be mixed together. No sorting needed. Please don’t bag your recyclables. J.P. Mascaro & Sons collects recycling one (1) time per week, on Thursdays or Fridays, depending on the division of service days of East Chestnut Street & West Broad Street. All recycling should be placed curbside, no later than 6 AM on the day of pickup. Single-stream recycling will be collected by a compaction truck. Only recyclables will be on this truck on your recycling day. It cannot collect non-recyclable items. For questions or problems, call J.P. Mascaro & Sons at 1-800-432-1616 during their hours of operation, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM or Saturday, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, or see http://www.jpmascaro.com/recycling-services/single-stream.aspx
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
- Cardboard/Corrugated Paper/Cartons
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- On the first Monday of every month, the Public Works Department collects brush from residential curbsides. Requests should be received prior to the start of brush pick up. Kindly call the Borough Office, 215-723-4371 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday to arrange collection. Please place the sticks and branches in a manageable pile in front of your property before the start of the scheduled collection week. Please note that sticks and branches should be 1” to 6” in diameter and may be up to approximately 8 feet long. Branches greater than 6” should be properly disposed of. We cannot pick-up sticks and branches that contain stones, bamboo, twigs, hedge clippings, root balls, plant materials and other trash.
The Public Works department will collect leaves each fall and spring. We cannot pick up piles of leaves that contain excessive quantities of sticks, stones, hedge clippings, plant materials, and other trash.
Christmas Trees are picked up free of charge. Collection dates will be announced in the fall. Please clear all ornaments, garlands, lights, stands, and any nails or fasteners and place the tree in your front yard next to the sidewalk.
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- The Barnside Farm Compost Facility offers leaf and yard waste drop-off. For more information, click here.
*Souderton Borough does NOT allow burning of yard waste.
Residential Drop-Off Recycling
Montgomery County Recycling Events
Montgomery County offers recycling events throughout the year for materials that aren’t commonly collected in curbside recycling. Click here for 2017 event information.
Paper Retriever Recycling (Gold Medal Environmental)
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.
The Barnside Farm Compost Facility offers leaf and yard waste drop-off. For more information, visit their website.
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
Click here for 2017 information on each recycling program.
Click here for a list of 2017 SE PA Regional Household Hazardous Waste Events open to residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia, regardless of the host county.
For information on recycling specific items, see Montgomery County’s Recycling Guide: Recycling Items from A-Z.
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 is currently unable to hold electronics collection events. 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. Refer to the Montgomery County website at this link for a list of hazardous waste and electronic waste collection sites and other County related recycling news.
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 here for helpful tips and information on composting.
Recycling Facts and Tips
- 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 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 Borough of Souderton seeks to promote, require and regulate recycling in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents through their Ordinances.
Click here for Statutes and Regulations from the Department of Environmental Protection website.
Recycling containers shall be provided at all community events attended by 200 or more people. The disposal of recyclable materials collected at such events shall be in accordance with the provisions of the municipal ordinance.
Illegal Dumping and Littering
Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Code, Title 25 regulations prohibit littering and illegal dumping. It is unlawful for anyone to dispose of waste anywhere other than to a facility that has a DEP permit to operate. It prohibits the dumping of waste on public or private property that is not licensed or permitted to receive waste. It prohibits dumping waste into sewers or waterways.
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 the Borough of Souderton, therefore the award can increase as the Residential and Commercial recycling rate grows.
Click here for more information on the DEP Section 904 Recycling Grant.
For more information about recycling in Souderton Borough, click here.