Worcester Township Recycling Information
Why must residents recycle?
Worcester Township residents and businesses are required to recycle under Chapter 116 of the Codified Ordinances. This chapter addresses all components of the mandatory recycling requirements. The "Solid Waste Management and Recycling Ordinance" (2003-193) can be viewed here.
What must be recycled?
The following items must be recycled as part of a single stream recycling system:
Glass: Clear, Amber, and Green-This includes all glass food, beverage bottles, and jars.
Plastics Number 1 through 7-Item numbered located in triangle at the bottom of container.
Newspaper, Magazines, and Junk Mail- Tie in a bundle or place in a paper bag.
How is recycling collected from residents and businesses?
Private trash haulers are required to collect recycling along with trash. A list of private trash haulers that service the Township is available here. Trash and recycling containers should be placed on the curb no earlier than 6:00 pm the night before pick up and removed by midnight on pick up day.
Are residents allowed to burn yard waste?
No, Worcester Township does not permit open burning of yard waste, leaves, or other materials per the Township's Recycling Ordinance (Chapter 116).
The Department of Environment Protection has the following exemption for open burning:
Pennsylavnia Code § 129.14- A fire set in conjunction with the production of agricultural commodities in their unmanufactured state on the premises of the farm operation.
When is curbside pick up available for yard debris (leaves and sticks)?
Private trash haulers are required to offer at least two pick up dates per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall per the Township's ordinance. Please contact your trash hauler with any specific questions regarding yard waste pick up.
Is there anywhere to drop off yard waste outside of the curbside pick up dates?
Yes, Barnside Compost Facility, located in Schwenksville, is a DEP approved drop off facility for yard waste and leaves. They can be reached at 610-287-8880 or visit their website for more information.
Montgomery County Recycling Events
Montgomery County offers a variety of different recycling events throughout the year for county residents. These events occur each year. Visit their website www.montgomerycountyrecycles.org for more information on their reycling programs and efforts.
2017 Household Hazardous Waste Events
Please save your household hazardous waste, including oil based paint, paint cans, fluorescent tubes, motor oil, and swimming pool chemicals for drop off at the below collection dates.
- For more details on what is accepted and drop off procedures, download the event flyer here.
2017 Paper Shredding Events
Montgomery County is offering paper shredding events in 2016. Please be sure all documents you wish to have shredded meet the following guidelines:
-No plastic, plastic bags, batteries, cardboard, or metal other than staples or paper clips
-Bring documents in boxes or paper bags for ease of on site shredding
-Limited to two boxes or paper bags per vehicle
-Volunteers will be available to assist with unloading boxes
- For an event flyer, please click here.
2017 Tire Collection Events
Tire collection events are held at each location from 9:00 am to Noon. Rain or Shine.
- For an event flyer, please click here.
Other Recycling Information
Plastic Bag Recycling
Plastic bags should be recycled. However, they can not be recycled as a part of the traditional single stream recycling because they are processed and sorted differently than other recycable materials. Plastic bags can be reused for numerous different purposes or returned to the store you recieved them from to be recycled. To find out more about recycling plastic bags, please visit www.abagslife.com.
Electronic Recycling Information
The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act requires that consumers and businesses must recycle electronic such as computers, computer monitors, laptops, televisions, tablets, and computer peripherals (keyboards, mouse devices, printers, etc.) as of Janaury 23, 2013. Consumers and businesses will no longer be able to throw away their covered electronic devices with their curbside trash.
Haulers will no longer take covered electronic devices. Manufacturers are required to provide for the collection of covered electronic devices. This offered to consumers are no cost. Cansumers can find more information through the DEP Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242. To find firms that accept and recycle electronics in your area, go to http://recyclenation.com/.
Electronic Recycling Options
Best Buy electronic stores run a year round electronic recycling program accepting computers, tvs, and various electronics. Items will be taken for recycling at no charge and with no purchase required. They will not accept Tube TVs larger than 32". Please visit their website for more details.
Staples also runs a free year round recycling program for computers and accessories. They do not accept TVs. Please visit their website for more details.
JUST FOR KIDS! Everyday Recycling Program
If your family were graded on its recycling efforts, would you get an "A" or an "F"? A North Penn School District middle school, in 2008, developed a brochure for families to help improve recycling within the District Muncipalities. To learn more about this program and available recycling resources or to get a report for your family, download the information below.
"Wheels for Wishes" Vehicle Donation
Wheels for Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley. They are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or boats by turning them into a wish for a local child. To donate, you can call the foundation at 1-855-344-9474 or fill out an easy online donation form at http://philadelphia.wheelsforwishes.org