In accordance with Pennsylvania State Act 101 and Lower Swatara Township Ordinance No. 358, all residential and commercial establishments in the Township are required to participate in the recycling program.
RESIDENTIAL TRASH AND RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS:
Residential Trash and Recycling Hauler: Waste Industries
Residents will be provided with a 96-gallon (or smaller) cubcart with wheels and attached lid for trash. No more than one curbcart plus a single bulk item will be collected each week. In the alternative, the number of bags set out for pickup cannot exceed three bags plus a single bulk item or four bags with no bulk item. Tags for bags exceeding this amount can be purchased from the Township.
Residents will be provided with a 64-gallon recycling curbcart with wheels and attached lid for recyling. Recycling is collected on a weekly basis.
Recyclables to be Collected:
mixed paper including office paper, glossy paper, copy paper,
computer paper, manila envelopes, and junk mail
glass bottles and jars
aluminum cans, steel cans, bi-metal cans, aerosol cans
plastic bottles #1PETE and #2HDPE
yard waste (see below)
YARD WASTE (tree trimmings, shrubbery, and other organic landscape vegetation) should not be placed in the trash, but rather placed curbside for a separate recycling collection by the hauler every other week during your regular collection day from April through November. Yard waste should be placed in either biodegradable bags ("Kraft" type bags) or tied in easily handled bundles. Bags or bundles should not weigh more than 40 lbs. each, with a maximum of ten bags permitted per household per collection. Bundles of woody waste should not exceed eight inches in diameter nor three feet in length. Grass clippings are NOT a part of yard waste recycling collection.
LEAF COLLECTION is a separate collection in the fall; leaves are picked up curbside by the Publlc Works Department (schedule announced early fall).
CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION 2019: Waste Industries will be collecting Christmas trees curbside on Thursday, January 10 OR Friday, January 11 (the day of your normal trash/recycling collection).
ELECTRONICS: The Covered Devices Recycling Act prohibits residents and businesses from placing their electronic waste at the curb or in their trash. Covered devices include desktop computers, laptops, monitors, computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers), televisions, etc. Please contact the Dauphin County Recycling Center at 717-982-6772 or visit its website for more information.
COMMERCIAL RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS:
All offices, restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, service shops, schools, nursing homes, churches, apartment buildings of four or more units, parks, and any other nonresidential or multi-family facility.
To comply with State and local law, you must recycle the following items:
***High-Grade Office Paper
High-Grade Office Paper includes white computer paper, copier paper, letterhead and similar white office paper. The Township encourages establishments to collect any additional recyclable items that may contribute to waste reduction.
1. Make private arrangements with recycling contractors or waste haulers that provide recycling services; or,
2. Haul recyclables to a commercial recycler or a drop-off center and obtain receipts for yearly submission to the Township.
If option 2 is chosen, the establishment must obtain receipts showing the weight of each recyclable item. Said receipts must be submitted to the Township with the Annual Commercial Recycling Report.
All commercial recyclers or waste haulers collecting in the Township must be licensed by the Township.
All nonresidential and multi-family establishments must submit an Annual Recycling Report. This report outlines the details of your recycling program for the previous calendar year. The Township mails these reports to each business during January. If your establishment transports its own recyclables it is imperative that receipts be obtained for each recyclable item. These receipts must be submitted to the Township with the Annual Commercial Recycling Report. If a commercial firm collects your recyclables, said firm will be able to provide the tonnage of each recyclable material collected.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DO OR IF YOU NEED FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT JEAN ARROYO AT THE LOWER SWATARA TOWNSHIP ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE AT 939-9377, ext. 3008, OR EMAIL (JARROYO@LOWERSWATARA.ORG) WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 8:00 A.M. AND 4:00 P.M.