October 23, 2014

Recycling & Refuse

Garbage collection is every Wednesday.
Recycling collection is every other Wednesday.

Bi-Weekly Curbside & Recycle Program
The Township of West Pottsgrove supports recycling in an effort to save natural resources and energy, reduce solid waste and consequently reduce the landfill burden. To insure that the recycling program is a success, please follow the directions outlined below. West Pottsgrove Township requires all residents to separate the following materials from their regular household waste.

  • Aluminum cans, foil, and plates
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes – flatten and bundle (2’x2′)
  • Plastics #1 through #7
  • Any colored glass jars and bottles
  • Newspapers and junk mail
  • Steel cans

Trash Collection
Garbage may be placed curbside at 5:00pm the day before collection. There is no limit on the number of trash bags or containers placed for collection. Please have all trash placed curbside for pickup in a timely manner as there will be no return trips for missed pickups. If a holiday falls on a Wednesday, collection will occur the next day. Please contact the Township for a recycling container (610) 323-7717.

Construction & Demolition
One trash receptacle or one plastic garbage bag containing construction and demolition  waste or one single bundle of construction debris 4 feet in length, 2 feet in width and 2 feet in height and not exceeding 60 pounds that is properly secured or tied may be put out for each collection.

Grass Clippings
Limited to 2 receptacles (either plastic bags or garbage cans) per pickup.

Leaf Waste
Leaves, garden residue, shrubbery and similar items must be placed in biodegradable bags that will be collected during the months of October and November only.

Paint Disposal
If disposing of water based paint, please mix with kitty litter to harden to a solid and then place in normal trash can. For disposal of oil based paints, please call (610) 278-3618. For any other hazardous waste, contact the Montgomery County Recycling Coordinator at (610) 278-3045.

Tire Disposal
Contact any local tire dealer for information. There is a charge for these businesses to take used tires.

Trash Containers
A receptacle (garbage can) with a capacity of less than 35 gallons. Trash receptacles may not weigh more than 600 pounds each. Plastic garbage bags weighing no more than 35 pounds including the contents are acceptable.

Unacceptable Items
Any item considered unacceptable  will not be picked up during collection. Used tires, batteries, auto parts, used motor oil, paint, cleaning solvents or any similar items are considered unacceptable for collection and do not belong in the trash.

Unlimited Bulk
Pickup shall include collectible municipal waste too large for collection in 35-gallon containers including, without limitation, Christmas trees, furniture, bedding, large appliances (such as televisions, stoves, refrigerators, washers, and dryers). Please note that FREON MUST BE REMOVED from refrigerators, air conditioners and similar appliances and and appropriate sticker must be applied to indicate that the Freon has been drained and disposed or properly or such appliances will not be collected. Tree limbs must be securely tied together and formed in an easily handled package not exceeding 4 feet in length, 2 feet in width, 2 feet in height and not exceeding 60 pounds in weight. In the event that there is a large amount of bulk items for disposal, please call Waste Management ahead of time so they know of a large pickup. The phone number to call is (800) 328-1717.

Waste Collection and Recycling Contract Information
The Township has finalized it’s comprehensive Waste Collection and Recycling program for the next five years. The contract started on July 12th, 2012. West Pottsgrove Township solicited bids from four companies. Under the municipal bidding process a local company, Waste Management, was the successful low bidder.

The Waste Management bid for the next five years is $67.98 per quarter for each household. This fee will remain the same during the term of the contract. The existing Township program provides a comprehensive level of services in which there are no changes except for the service day, which will change to Wednesdays.

Waste Management will continue to bill each household directly and provide each household with a new 64-gallon recycling container. Customser service questions can be directed to Waste Management at (800) 328-1717.