Welcome! Recycling is required in Franconia Township. 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
Franconia requires that residents recycle. Free recycling bins and biodegradable paper bags are available to residents at the Township building. A pamphlet of information is provided with each bin. The bin is to be used for the mandatory curbside recycling of clear, green, and brown glass, aluminum cans and newspaper. The bags are to be used for the mandatory curbside collection of leaf and yard waste. The designated materials will be collected by the same private hauler who currently collects your trash. The Township does not provide any sanitation/waste collection of any sort within the municipality. All collection is handled privately through individual haulers. However, you are not required to contact your private hauler to provide curbside recycling service. Simply place your container curbside for collection. Please contact your hauler if you have any questions about recyclable materials. The following lists include haulers operating within the Township as well as commonly accepted materials.
- Republic Services: http://www.republicservices.com/corporate/residential/garbage-collection.aspx
- Waste Management: https://www.wm.com/residential/waste-and-recycling-services.jsp
- Whitetail Disposal: http://whitetaildisposal.com/services/residential
Commonly Recycled Materials
- Paper – newspaper, office/copy paper, glossy paper, magazines, color paper, cardboard, junk mail, phone books, cereal/cracker boxes
- Plastics – #1 PET plastics and #2 HDPE plastics
- Glass – clear, green and brown containers
- Metal – aluminum, steel, tin, and bimetal food containers
- Cartons – food and beverage cartons such as milk, juice, soup, broth, etc.
* Be sure to check with your hauler for a complete list of accepted recyclable materials.
Individual waste haulers operating within Franconia Township are required to offer a curbside leaf waste collection program. The leaf collection program itself, is an effort by the Township to implement a program where residents can dispose of leaf waste through a curbside collection. Act 101 defines “leaf waste” as “leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings, and similar material, but not including grass clippings.” These items are then taken to a composting facility. Through this program, we can eliminate the need to burn leaves. Composting is a beneficial process that allows for the reuse of materials and it is safer for the environment. At a minimum, two collection dates must be offered by your private hauler: one in the spring and one in the fall. If you have any questions about pick-up, please contact your individual hauler. Please remember:
- Leaves must be placed in the biodegradable paper leaf bags. Plastic bags will not be accepted. Free Leaf bags can be obtained at the Township Building located at 671 Allentown Road, Telford PA. The bags are available to Franconia Township residents only!! The office is opened Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- The bags must only contain leaf waste. Other household refuse or grass clippings cannot be intermixed with the leaf waste. Bags containing items other than leaf waste will not be picked up by the hauler.
- Place the leaf bags at the curb or street side where normal trash is picked up. The leaf bags and leaves will be picked up. The bags will not be dumped and returned.
|Private Hauler Name||Spring||Fall|
|Republic Services215-723-0400||up to 10 bags/week||up to 10 bags/week|
|Whitetail Disposal610-754-0103||4 bags/week at regular pick-up year round||4 bags/week at regular pick-up year round|
* Franconia Township does NOT allow burning of yard waste.
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. Helpful tips and information on composting
Residential Drop-Off Recycling
Barnside Farm Compost Facility – Yard Waste
The Barnside Farm Compost Facility offers leaf and yard waste drop-off. For more information, visit their website here: http://www.barnsidefarm.com
Click here for more recycling drop-off locations via the DEP Drop-Off Locator.
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: http://www.paperretriever.com. Residents can also drop off paper recycling at current Paper Retriever bin locations. To find a bin closest to you click here: http://paperretriever.com/binlocator/index.html
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 information on upcoming events.
For more recycling drop-off locations check out the DEP Drop-Off Locator.
Commercial and Non-Residential Recycling
Commercial and non-residential establishments are required to recycle in Franconia Township. The following lists include haulers operating within the Township as well as commonly accepted materials.
- Advanced Disposal: http://www.advanceddisposal.com
- Barnside Farm Compost Facility: http://www.barnsidefarm.com
- Iron Mountain: http://www.ironmountain.com
- Mascaro & Sons: http://www.jpmascaro.com/index.php
- Modern Recycling Services: http://www.modernrecyclingservices.com
- Rapid Recycling: http://rapidrecycling.com
- Republic Services: http://www.republicservices.com/corporate/home.aspx
- Sustainable Waste Solutions: http://www.landfillfree.com
- Waste Management: https://www.wm.com/index.jsp
- Whitetail Disposal: https://www.whitetaildisposal.com/
Commonly Recycled Materials
- Paper – newspaper and inserts, junk mail, telephone books, office paper, cardboard and more
- Plastic – bottles and jugs – #1 PET plastics and #2 HDPE plastics
- Glass – clear, green and brown containers
- Metal – aluminum, steel, tin, and bimetal food containers
- Yard Waste
* 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
Click here for information on each recycling program.
Click here for a list of 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 for a list of hazardous waste and electronic waste collection sites and other County related recycling news. Also note that some retailers accept certain e-waste.
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.
Recycled PlasticThere 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 goals of the Franconia Township Recycling Ordinance 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.
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 Franconia 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.
For more information about recycling in Franconia Township, visit their recycling webpage.