2019 Solid Waste Collection and Holiday Schedule
- The Lower Gwynedd Township Board of Supervisors voted to extend the current trash collection agreement an additional two years at their meeting held January 23, 2018. The current contract contained a two-year extension clause available by mutual agreement between Lower Gwynedd Township and Waste Management. The terms and costs of the current contract will be extended for this two year period. The extended contract will terminate at 11:59 PM on October 31st, 2020. The collection rate is $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.
The 2019 Yard Waste Pick-Up Schedule
- Saturday, March 23, 2019
- Saturday, May 11, 2019
- Saturday, October 5, 2019
- Saturday, October 19, 2019
- Saturday, November 2, 2019
- Saturday, November 16, 2019
- Saturday, December 7, 2019
- Saturday, December 14, 2019
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 is Required
Municipal and state regulations require that residents, commercial establishments and non-residential establishments recycle all recyclable materials. Commonly recycled materials include:
- 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 cans and containers
You should check with your hauler for a complete list of acceptable recyclable materials.
Contaminated Recycle Materials
Contaminated recycling materials cannot be recycled and usually end of going to a landfill. Here is a list of contaminants that make recycle material non-recyclable:
- Plastic Bags: Do not place your recycle materials in a plastic bag. Plastic bags cannot be recycled. The recycler will either waste time removing the plastic bag or worst, discard the bag and its contents and send it to a landfill.
- Food Wastes: Uncleaned containers with leftover food wastes cannot be recycled. Containers contaminated with food wastes will be sent to a landfill. You need to wash food containers and remove all of the food before placing the containers into your recycle bin.
- Bright Colored Paper: In general, bright colored paper should not be recycled.
- Frozen Food Containers: The coating on frozen food containers make them non-recyclable.
- Shredded Paper: Shredded paper should not be placed into your recycle bin.
- Caps and Tops to Bottles, Jars and Containers: Caps and tops are not recyclable; throw these in the trash, not the recycle bin.
We all want to maximize our recycling efforts, but we need to recycle the correct materials in the correct manner. Otherwise, we mess up the recycling facility and much of our “recycled waste” ends up in a landfill. You should check with your hauler if you have any questions about what materials can be recycled.
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:
- Glass bottles
- Glass jars
- Aluminum cans
- Steel cans
- Plastics #1-7
- Junk Mail
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's Electronic Disposal Options List Local to Montgomery County
- Junkluggers Hauling & Recycling Company-Abington www.junkluggers.com or visit them on facebook www.facebook.com/junkluggersrecycling
- 800-GOT-JUNK (pick-up)
- 800-HAUL-OUT (pick-up)
- 611 Metals Recycling Willow Grove 267-221-6924 (drop-off)
- Additional options through Montgomery County Recycling
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 Ingersoll Park following the holidays. The park is located at 905 Wister Avenue in Penllyn.
Can plastic bags be recycled? In short, yes, but not always with your other plastic recycling. Find out why-click here.
BECAUSE YOU ASKED: IS RECYCLING REALLY WORTH IT?
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!
Lower Gwynedd Township
1130 N Bethlehem Pike
PO Box 625
Spring House, PA 19477
Phone: (215) 646-5302
Fax: (215) 646-3357