Do I need to separate my recyclables?

No. Penn Waste’s innovative single stream processing facility allows you to place all of your recyclable materials into one container for pickup. For more information about Penn Waste’s recycling facility, check out the Recycling Facility Tour Page.

Am I required to rinse out my recyclables?

Rinsing your recyclables out before placing in your bin helps cut down on contamination and prevents other recyclable materials from getting ruined by the contents. Please rinse your recyclables out if possible.

A clean recyclable is a happy recyclable. Give those empty cans, bottles and cartons a rinse before tossing them in the bin.

Will you recycle my plastic bottle if I leave the cap on?

Yes, we will but the cap will get stuck in the machinery that processes your recyclables. Also, the plastic lid is made of a different type of plastic than the rest of the bottle so it is technically “contamination.” Please remove the caps / lids to help cut down on contamination.

What materials are acceptable for recycling?

In general, plastic food and beverage containers with the numbers 1, 2 and 5 on them, food and beverage glass, metal food and beverage cans, food and beverage cartons, newspaper and cardboard are accepted through Penn Waste’s recycling facility.

Is Styrofoam recyclable?

Absolutely not. Please throw all Styrofoam in your household trash since it is not currently a recyclable item.

Are you seriously asking if Styrofoam is recyclable? Never has been and never will be. Even worse, it makes that terrible squeaking noise! Toss it in the trash!

Is medical waste recyclable?

Absolutely not. Medical waste needs to be disposed of properly in the TRASH. Either place it in a sharps container and then place in your trash OR place it in a heavy plastic / metal container that has a lid. Tape the lid on and throw it in the trash.

Are plastic bags recyclable?

We cannot accept plastic bags at our recycling facility. They get caught in and damage our recycling equipment. Please do not place plastic bags in your recycle bin. They can either be re-used or most grocery stores offer a plastic bag recycling program.

Medical waste does not belong in the recycle bin. PERIOD.

What happens to the materials I recycle?

After pickup, the items you recycle are taken to Penn Waste’s Single Stream Recycling Facility where they are sorted and prepared for their final recycling destination. After being properly sorted and prepared, the items that you recycle are shipped all over the country and the world to be recycled and reused in a variety of ways. This includes being used in carpet fibers, piping, more cans and containers, paper and much more. In less than two days, a piece of cardboard that you’ve placed out for recycling can be picked up, processed and on a ship at the port of Baltimore, heading to its final destination. For additional information on the Penn Waste recycling process, visit the Recycling Facility Tour Page.


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