Waste Management Recycling Totes and Trash Bins Pick-Up
Waste Management was supposed to collect all recycling totes and trash bins by Saturday, October 31st, 2020. However, they failed to collect all of the receptacles within the Township and have now notified the Township that they will complete their bin pickup by Friday, November 20th. If your bin is not collected please call Waste Management directly as they are the only people who can pick-up the carts. They can be reached at 1-800-633-9096.
The Board of Supervisors recently approved a three-year waste and recycling contract with Republic Services beginning November 1 and running until October 31, 2023. The contract calls for a price of $28.19 a month per household in the first year, $29.18 in the second year and $30.20 in the final year. The monthly fee for low volume households is $18/month plus a charge of $3 per 30-gallon bag.
Leaf and yard waste in excess of eight bags per pickup will be $3 per bag. Grass clippings in excess of four bags per pickup will be $3 per bag. One bulk item per month is included for free. An extra bulk item is $30.
If you have not received a trash bin or recycling tote from Republic Services or haven't received your collection, please contact Republic Services directly at 215-723-0400. The Township does not have access to your account information. Please be patient while they work through setting up all the accounts. There will be no interruption of service to either the trash or recycling during the switch over. Trash Collection and Recycling collection will continue to be provided on the same days that they are now. So if your recycling day is Monday it will remain Monday. If your recycling day is Thursday, it will remain Thursday.
New Waste Hauler Contract Approved-Service Begins November 1st, 2020
- The Lower Gwynedd Township Board of Supervisors awarded the bid for Trash Collection Services to Republic Services at their meeting on September 22, 2020. The new contract will commence on November 1st, 2020 and expire on October 31, 2023. This contract does have a two-year extension clause available by mutual agreement between Lower Gwynedd Township and Republic Services. Should that option be utilized, the contract woud be extended until October 31st, 2025. Waste Management's Contract ends October 31, 2020. New trash toters will be delivered the week of October 26-October 31, 2020.
- Republic is in the process of establishing customer accounts for Lower Gwynedd Residents. Account information can only be accessed by Republic Services. You must call Republic Services directly for account information at 215-723-0400.
- The collection rate is $84.57 per quarter for year one, $87.54 per quarter for year two, and $90.60 per quarter for year three. Collection days will remain Mondays and Thursdays. Recycling will be once a week. If you received recycling collection on Mondays that will continue, if you receive recycling collection on Thursdays that will continue.
- 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; Trash collection and Recycling Collection will continue to take place on Mondays and Thursdays. If you receive recycling collection on Mondays, you will continue to receive recycling collection on Mondays. If you receive recycling collection on Thursdays, you will continue to receive recycling collection on Thursdays.
- Any resident with a bulk item shall contact Republic Services 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.
- Republic Services Holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
- Republic Services Customer Service Phone #: 215-723-0400 and the website is www.republicservices.com
*Please note, these services included in the contract are unchanged for previous contracts.
The 2020 Yard Waste Pick-Up Schedule
- November 7 & November 21
- December 5 & December 12
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.
Montgomery County Announces REGIONAL Household Hazard Waste Collection Opportunities in 2020! Please note cancellations due to COVID-19 have occurred.
Montgomery County Recycling Commission- REVISED 2020 Household Hazard Waste Collection Dates (Pre-registration required)
RETRIEVR (formerly known as CURB MY CLUTTER) & MONTGOMERY COUNTY RECYCLING
Montgomery County is teaming up with Retrievr to offer options to residents for the disposal of electronics and textiles! Click here for more information or click the RETRIEVR Link below to visit the website.
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. Lower Gwynedd Township does offer battery recycling. For more information on this program please visit the EAC page of this website.
Are Things Really Being Recycled?
This question often comes up. People are concerned that not all of the materials they put in their recycle bin are recycled. Their concern is that some end up in landfills. This leads some to minimize their recycling efforts. According to several major waste management firms in Montgomery County, all of the acceptable recycled materials listed above are being recycled.
You should continue to recycle all of the items listed above.
Things You Should Not Put into Your Recycle Bin
Here is a list of things that cannot be recycled and should not be put into your recycle bin:
- Foam containers and cups, even if they have a recycle symbol on them,
- Cups coated with wax or plastic such as soda cups,
- Plastic bags such as grocery store bags (You can often take these bags back to the grocery store.),
- Flexible packaging such as chip bags or juice pouches,
- Plastic wrap,
- Container caps,
- Diapers, yes, some people throw soiled diapers into their recycle bins.
Avoid Contamination of Recycling Materials with Food or Liquids
Materials contaminated with food or liquid cannot be recycled. Here is what you should do:
- Check that the material is recyclable. Look for the recycle symbol on items.
- Rinse jars, bottles, and cans that have visible residue in them. A quick rinse is usually adequate.
- Throw away heavily soiled items.
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
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:
- Curb My Clutter: accepts electronics and textiles
- 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) Offers an Electronics removal & disposal service in the Lower Gwynedd Township area
- 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.
Recycling at Ambler Weavers Way Coop with TerraCycle
TerraCycle has a collection bin located on the sidewalk and in the front of the Weavers Way Coop building. The collection bin lists items being recycled.
Some items typically non-recyclable can be recycled through TerraCycle.
As of May, 2019, the following items are being recycled:
- Tooth brushes
- Empty toothpaste tubes
- Shampoo and cream rinse containers
- Body cream bottles
- Plastic, vitamin supplemental bottles
- Snack and chip bags (e.g., pretzel, granola bags)
- Foil wrapped plastic bags (e.g., energy bars)
- Plastic bags inside of cereal and cracker boxes
- Plastic razors and packaging
***All items must be empty and cleaned prior to dropping off for recycling
***Items being recycled may change so check before dropping off
Recycling of Gently-Used Items:
Can plastic bags be recycled? In short, yes, but not always with your other plastic recycling. Find out why-click here.
Other Recycling Links:
Recycling 101: How & Why You Should Recycle
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
*COVID-19 Restrictions: Access to the Township Building is by appointment only.