Garbage and Recycling
The Public Works Department is responsible for the collection of garbage and recyclables for the borough.
It is illegal for anyone other than the Borough to pick-up recyclables. When someone takes recyclables from the curb, it takes money away from the borough and YOU!
If you see someone other than the Borough Recycling Crew taking recyclables that have been put out at the curb for pick-up please call the police department at (412) 461 – 3125 immediately.
PLACEMENT OF TRASH BEFORE SCHEDULED PICKUP
Borough Code Chapter 20, Part 1 Section 103 #10:
It shall be unlawful for placement of solid waste and / or recyclables to be collected to be placed at curbside for collection prior to 5:00 p.m., prevailing time, of the day before scheduled collection. [Ord. 1094]
All municipal waste shall be stored in containers approved by the Borough or its designated representative. Individual containers and bulk containers utilized for storage of municipal waste shall comply with the following standards:
- Reusable containers shall be constructed of durable, watertight, rust- and corrosion-resistant material, such as plastic, metal or fiberglass, in such a manner as to be leakproof, weatherproof, insect-proof and rodent-proof.
- Reusable containers for individual residences shall have a tight-fitting cover and suitable lifting handles to facilitate collection.
- Reusable containers for individual residences shall have a capacity of not less than 10 gallons nor more than 40 gallons and a loaded weight of not more than 40 pounds.
- Reusable containers for individual residences that are to be utilized for storage of recyclable materials shall be obtained from the Borough for the fee required or be consistent with the standards set by the Borough.
- Disposable plastic bags or sacks are acceptable containers, provided the bags are designated for waste disposal. Plastic bags shall have sufficient wall strength to maintain physical integrity when lifted by the top, shall be securely tied at the top for collection, and shall have a capacity of not more than 30 gallons and a loaded weight of not more than 35 pounds.
TREE BRANCHES & BUSHES
Tree branches and bushes are collected curbside on an as needed basis. If you have tree branches and shrubs that need removed please call the Public Works Department and they will put you on the schedule for collection.
Items such as old refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, etc. are collected curbside by the Public Works Department on your regularly scheduled trash day.
The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act states that beginning in January 2013, Kelly Run landfill will no longer accept televisions, computers, and computer peripherals. If you are interested in more information about electronics recycling in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Environmental Protection’s website for more information.
Looking for a good, environmentally friendly way to get rid of you unwanted items that are not accepted for pickup? Try Construction Junction. They accept e-waste along with batteries, light bulbs, ballasts, and more. Visit their website for specifics on what can be reused or recycled, deconstructed, everything else they accept, and how to donate. Moreover, they “provide an itemized receipt of your donations for tax deductions.”
Leaves are collected curbside usually during the months of October and November on your normal recycling day. The leaves must be placed in the brown bags that can be composted. Please note that leaves places in plastic bags will not be picked up.
Leaf collection is usually for a 6 week period between October and November. For dates, watch the Borough Calendar.
The Public Works Department does residential recycling on biweekly basis. The borough’s recycling program both saves and makes the borough money through landfill savings, recycling proceeds, state grants, and performance grants.
SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING
There is no need to separate recyclables as all recyclable material can be placed in one bin or bag.
Recyclable Items Include:
- Aluminum Cans/Bottles
- Bi-metal Cans/Bottles
- Glass jars, bottles, etc. (Clear, green, and amber only)
- Newsprint, magazines, phone books, junk mail, catalogs
- Plastics (All colors) – ex. Detergent, Milk, Soda, etc. containers
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
- State law mandates that the borough establishes a residential recycling program and that commercial businesses establish a program for recycling.
- Borough Ordinance mandates that all households recycle. There are financial incentives that help you and the borough.
- Recycling saves valuable natural resources and is good for the environment. Consider that
- Recycling one ton of newsprint saves 17 trees and 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space.
- Making paper from recycled materials causes 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.
- Making recycled aluminum requires 95% less energy than making new aluminum.
- Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours.
- There are financial incentives that help you and the borough.
- The borough is able to sell the recycled materials that it collects. In 2012, the borough received $31,057.00 from the sale of recyclables.
- The borough also saves on paying the landfill dumping fee that is paid on every ton of garbage that must be taken to a landfill. In 2012, the borough saved $31,324.00 in landfill dumping fees.
- The borough is able to apply for Recycling Performance Grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The grants are based on the total residential and commercial recycling activity in a year. In 2012, the borough received $20,965.00 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.