Recycling -- It's the law, and It makes good sense
Recycling is mandatory in Schuylkill Township, but did you know that every time you recycle you contribute money to running the township and holding down taxes? Since 2001, through the Pennsylvania DEP’s Recycling Performance Grants programs (Act 904), the township has received a total of $273,062.00!! These grants are based on the total tons of recycled materials collected and reported within the township. Every waste hauler in our township is required to collect your recyclables and report to the township what and how much was collected, and these figures are reported to DEP annually.
So please recycle – your trash becomes your community’s treasure.
By Ordinance #2007-10 Article VI, Section 1., there are penalties for not recycling – anywhere from a fine ($100 to $1,000 plus court/legal fees) up to imprisonment for 30 days. Each violation is a separate offense each and every day the violation continues, and the penalties will be imposed for each and every separate offense. See Township Code §303-21.
Curbside Waste Collection
Waste pick-up in Schuylkill Township is through individual property owners’ private contacts with registered waste haulers. An alphabetical list of registered haulers is available by clicking on this link.
Haulers in Schuylkill Township are required to offer a recycling program to residents in accordance with Ordinance #2007-09, Township Code §303-5.
In residential areas, waste must be collected a minimum of one time per week; recyclable materials must be collected a minimum of one time every week, and leaf waste collection is to be offered a minimum of once per month in the spring, including the months of March, April and May, and once per month in the fall, including the months of October, November, and December. Per Ordinance #2007-10, haulers may not collect or transfer materials before 6:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m.
Schuylkill Township does not provide bulk item pickup services. Bulk item pickups must be scheduled through your waste hauler.
What CAN be Recycled Curbside?
Recyclables are commodities. Dirty or contaminated, they are worthless. Clean and properly prepared recyclables have value and may be turned into new products.
CANS— Aluminum (i.e. soda), Tin (steel) cans; all food cans (i.e. vegetables, fruits, pet food, juice, coffee, etc., including large economy size), aluminum pie tins and foil. All items must be rinsed and cleaned.
GLASS— empty bottles and jars made of clear and colored glass. Excluded are non-container glass, mirrors, automobile glass, dishware, light bulbs, crystal, plate glass, porcelain and ceramic products.
NEWSPAPER— newsprint including glossy inserts. Excluded is junk mail included with newspapers.
PLASTIC #1 through #7 — bottle and jar containers (i.e. milk, water, soda, detergent, shampoo.). Rinse and crush. Excluded are motor oil bottles, plastic cups, flowers, pens, toys, and plastic wrap. See this chart for details on what the plastic recycling numbers mean.
MAGAZINES & CATALOGUES—glossy publications
CARDBOARD— Schuylkill Township accepts cardboard at the municipal complex located at 111 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville. The containers for use by Schuylkill Township residents are located in the upper parking lot of the complex. All cardboard is accepted with the exception of wax coated cardboard (for example: milk cartons). Boxes should be broken down and all cardboard flattened before placing in the bins. No Commercial Dumping is allowed in these bins.
LEAF YARD COMPOSTING CENTER
Burning in Schuylkill Township is prohibited by township ordinance and by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Beginning in the fall of 2001, Schuylkill Township opened its leaf composting yard to the residents of the township. The leaf yard is located at 333 Pawling Road (in the Valley Forge Sewer Authority complex).
The compost yard is open to Schuylkill Township residents only. Proof of residency may be required. Leaf yard drop-offs are by appointment. Please call the Township office at 610-933-5843 to schedule your leaf drop-off.
Schuylkill Township’s compost yard only accepts leaves. Yard waste such as grass clippings, weeds, shrubs, tree limbs or branches, and construction materials of any kind are not accepted.
The Phoenixville Compost Site is open for residents of the Township.
Hours of Operation
By Appointment Only
Call the Township Office at 610-933-5843 to arrange your leaf drop-off.
APRIL - NOVEMBER
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Monday through Thursday
DECEMBER - MARCH
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
If Monday is a holiday, the yard will be open on Tuesday, 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Township Residents may drop off leaves only by appointment.
Proof of residency may be required.
The Township is no longer accepting yard waste or branches.
No plastic bags will be accepted
BIODEGRADABLE PAPER BAGS ONLY.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL:
(branches, shrubs, grass clippings, weeds, etc.)
(dirt, stone, concrete, plywood, blacktop, treated or painted wood, etc.)
THE TOWNSHIP HAS THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY OR ALL MATERIAL BROUGHT TO THE LEAF COMPOST YARD
What CAN NOT be Recycled Curbside?
Garbage, Plastic Shopping Bags (take to your local supermarket), Hazardous Chemicals, Batteries/Electronics, CDs/DVDs, Light Bulbs, Toys or Sporting Goods, Milk or Ice Cream Cartons, Food-Tainted Items and Styrofoam™.
Beginning in January 2013, Pennsylvania state law prohibits electronic wastes (e.g., TVs, computer components, etc.) from inclusion with regular trash. Electronic wastes must now be disposed of at a certified electronic waste collection site.
Chester County has provided this list of regional e-waste collection sites (pdf).
Household hazardous waste such as used motor oil, pool chemicals, cleaning products, etc. may be dropped off at a County collection event. The dates and locations of collections for 2015 are listed in this event schedule (PDF format).
For more information on recycling and safe disposal, visit the Chester County Solid Waste Authority resource page.
Commercial and Industrial EstablishmentsIn Schuylkill Township, commercial and industrial is defined as any establishment engaged in nonmanufacturing or non-processing business including but not limited to, stores, markets office buildings, restaurants, shopping centers, and theaters. Multi-family dwellings, town homes, mobile home parks, hotels, motels, mixed-use properties (combined business/residential on a single parcel) and farms which use commercial dumpsters are considered commercial or industrial establishments. Owners and/or managers are required to provide for each occupant a written description of its recycling program which clearly describes what can be recycled and how the collection system works.
All commercial and institutional establishments in Schuylkill Township must recycle at least 3 materials. In addition to high grade office paper, cardboard, and leaf waste, all commercial and institutional establishments may recycle glass, used oil, cans and plastics. Contact your waste hauler to determine what commercial/institutional materials can be recycled.
For Information on other recycling opportunities please visit the Chester County Solid Waste Authority