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2016/2017 Solid Waste Collection and Holiday Schedule

  • On September 22, 2015 the Board of Supervisors announced that Waste Management (WM) was the successful bidder for the collection and disposal of municipal solid waste and recyclable materials in the township. On October 26th, 2015 both parties entered into a formal three year agreement commencing November 1, 2015 and terminating at 11:59 PM on October 31st, 2018. The agreement has a one or two year extension option.  The agreement set the collection rate at $87.63 per quarter.
  • Place trash at the curb no later than 6:00 AM on the day of collection, but no earlier than 7:00 PM on the prior evening;
  • Any resident with a bulk item shall contact WM for coordination and disposal prior to placing by the curbside.  One bulk item per month is permissible at no extra charge to the contracted household; $30.00 charge for each additional item.
  • Leaf and Yard Waste will be collected on eight (8) specific dates throughout the year (two (2) dates in the Spring; six (6) dates in the Fall).  All waste must be placed in biodegradable bags and limited to eight (8) bags per pickup. 
  • Recycling is all single stream- no sorting is required. 
  • WM Holidays:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.  Should your scheduled trash/recycling day fall on any of these holidays your trash/recycling will be collected the following "work" day. 
  • Waste Management's contact number:  1-800-328-1717.

 WASTE MANAGEMENT'S INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS

FALL 2017 YARD WASTE PICK-UP DATES

October 7 & 14

November 11 & 18

December 9 & 16

 ALL LEAVES SHALL BE PLACED IN BIODEGRADABLE BAGS AND PLACED CURBSIDE BY 6:00 AM ON THE DATE OF THE COLLECTION    BUT NO EARLIER THAN 7:00 PM THE DAY PRIOR TO THE COLLECTION DATE. 

 

RECYCLING

Single-stream recycling (SSR) streamlines and simplifies the process of collecting and sorting recyclable materials, increasing rates by up to 50 percent. In a single-stream recycling system, residents and commercial customers place recyclables in a recycling cart and waste in a waste cart for pickup, and no longer need to separate these materials in their homes or workplaces. This program modernizes curbside collection in Lower Gwynedd and increases the amount of recyclable material collected.

Below is a list of acceptable SSR recyclables:

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Plastics #1-7
  • Paperboard
  • Cardboard
  • Junk Mail
  • Paper

Questions? Call: 1-800-932-2232

Recycling in Lower Gwynedd Township is required for all residential properties, commercial entities, and hospitality establishments (including restaurants and taverns). The LGT ordinance pertaining to recylcing can be found here. Community events attended by 200 people or moreare required to provide recycling containers.

Curbside Leaf Collection opportunies are provided to all residents through the single-hauler trash collection contract. Under the contract the hauler is required to schedule eight pick-ups throughout the year. Six collections are scheduled in the Fall and two are scheduled in the Spring. The current dates are listed above. All leaf and yard waste must be placed in biodegradable bags adn there is a limit of eight bags per pick-up.

Electronic Devices must be recycled in Pennsylvania under Act 108. Act 108 requires that all electronic devices be recycled and not placed in the regular trash for curbside collection. Electronic Devices include desktop and laptop computers, tablets, monitors, peripheral devices, and televisions. Occassionally Montgomery County will offer electronic devices collections. Here are other pick-up/drop-off services for televisions and other appliances:

Montgomery County Recycling Events

Montgomery County is hosting a series of recycling events in the coming months for paper and hazardous household waste. Please check the dates and locations below for events occurring closest to Lower Gwynedd.

2017 Household Hazardous Waste

  • Saturday, September 23 9am-3pm, Spring-Ford 9th Grade Center, 400 South Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468
  • Sunday, October 22 9am-3pm, Lower Merion Transfer Station, 1300 N. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, PA 19072

2017 Tire Collections

  • Saturday, July 1 9am-12pm, Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Rd., Abington, PA 19001

2017 Paper Shredding

  • Saturday, October 14 9am-12pm, Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Rd., Abington, PA 19001
  • Sunday, October 29 9am-12pm, Lower Merion Transfer Station, 1300 N. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, PA 19072

Additional Drop-Off  Recycling Resources

  • Cardboard and Paper can be recycled behind the Wissahickon School District Administrative Offices located at 601 Knight Road.
  • Seasonal- Christmas trees can be dropped off at Ingersoall Park following the holidays. The park is located at 905 Wister Avenue in Penllyn.

 

Because You Asked: Is Recycling Really Worth It?

By Recyclebank

 Everyone occasionally feels weighed down by the rules of recycling, but is it worth the time and effort? Absolutely.


Dear Recyclebank:I’ve been a supporter of recycling for years, but the more I learn about what is and is not accepted by recycling firms, the more I feel it’s a waste of time. Is it really worth it? –Keith H.

Dear Keith: Yes! It is completely worth it, but you already knew that. Recycling is a responsibility. It not only cuts back on the amount of trash that ends up at the landfill, it also saves energy and natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Most of the waste we trash is sent to landfills, which can contaminate groundwater and release the equivalent of nearly a quarter of the world’s methane gas. Some of our trash is sent to incinerators, which produce nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide — the two main ingredients of smog. When we consider the beneficial environmental impacts of recycling, it’s clearly worth the effort.

But it’s true that as you learn more and more about recycling contamination, it can seem like it’s too difficult to make it worthwhile. If you’re overwhelmed with the rules of recycling, just start simple. First, identify the materials that are accepted by the recycling center you use most. If your town has a curbside recycling program, visit their website to see what they will take. These sites often have convenient recycling guides that you can print out and tape to your recycling bin for reference. If your town doesn’t offer curbside recycling, call your local drop-off center to speak with a representative to see what they accept.

Generally, local recycling programs take the most common materials, like tin and aluminum cans, paper, cardboard, and glass and plastic containers. According to National Geographic, it takes 95% less energy to make a can from recycled aluminum than from virgin ore, so each can you recycle counts!

https://www.recyclebank.com

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