Curbside Recycling Guidelines

York County Curbside Recycling Guidelines

The following information is provided to aid York County residents in the proper disposal of recyclable materials.  These items constitute a majority of the most commonly recycled items included in drop-off and curbside recycling programs. Items accepted for recycling may vary depending on the type of recycling program and/or where you live.  To find out if your municipality offers a curbside or drop-off recycling program, and what is included in the collection click here:

 

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS
Glass:
• Clear, blue, brown and green glass food & beverage containers
√ Rinse thoroughly to ensure they are free of contaminants and residue.
√ Remove caps or lids and dispose of them in the trash.
√ It is not necessary to remove labels and neck rings

Metal:
• Aluminum beverage cans
• Steel and bi-metal food & beverage cans, aerosol cans, paint cans
√ Rinse thoroughly to ensure they are free of contaminants and residue.
√ Remove caps or lids and dispose of them in the trash.
√ It is not necessary to remove labels

Plastic:
• Plastic containers #1 through #7
√ Rinse thoroughly to ensure they are free of contaminants and residue.
√ Remove caps or lids and dispose of them in the trash.
√ It is not necessary to remove labels and neck rings
√ Crush containers to maximize space in your recycling bin.

Paper, Paperboard & Cardboard:
• All sizes of cardboard boxes
• Clean pizza boxes
• Paperboard packaging (i.e. cereal and tissue boxes)
• Shelf-stable and refrigerated food and beverage cartons (rinse cartons and remove and dispose of caps)
• EMPTY paper towel and toilet paper rolls
• Office paper (any color)
• Shredded paper (in CLEAR plastic bags)
• Newspapers and inserts
• Magazines, catalogs and brochures
• Envelopes and junk mail
• Paper bags
• Phone books and other soft cover books
√ Remove packaging (Styrofoam “peanuts,” plastic bubble wrap, liners, etc.)
√ Break down and flatten ALL boxes.
√ Bundle all cardboard that does not fit into recycling container and place beside bin on recycling pick-up day.
√ Cover loose paper with heavier items to prevent it from blowing away.
√ If the weather forecast calls for high winds or wet weather, keep paper recyclables until the next week, if possible.

 

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS

• Needles and medical waste – DO NOT place used needles or any other medical waste in your recycling! Doing so poses a potential health hazard! Place used needles in a plastic detergent bottle and dispose of in regular trash.
Household medical waste should also be included in regular trash.
• Food waste and food soiled material
• Broken glass
• Drinking glasses
• Light bulbs and Christmas lights
• Windows, mirrors and ceramics
• Aluminum foil
• Scrap metal
• Clothing hangers (metal and plastic)
• Hoses
• Chemical, oil and solvent containers
• Plastic grocery bags – Plastic bags including grocery; bread; vegetable; dry cleaning; newspaper and many more can be recycled at most grocery stores.  For more information, visit www.abagslife.com.
• Plastic bubble wrap
• Plastic food wrappers
• Plastic utensils (forks, knives, spoons, etc.)
• Styrofoam (packaging “peanuts,“ styrofoam cups and bowls, etc.)
• Paper towels and tissues
• Wet paper and cardboard
• Electronic waste – By law, Pennsylvania residents and businesses may not dispose of electronic devices at the curb or in their trash.  Electronic devices include desk top computers; laptops; monitors; computer peripherals such as a keyboard, mouse, printer, etc.; televisions and e-readers.

 

York County Solid Waste Authority’s Public Recycle Drop-off Center:

The York County Solid Waste Authority operates a Public Recycle Drop-off Center at 2685 Blackthorne Court, York, PA 17406.  The Recycle Drop-off area is open seven days a week during daylight hours.  All items listed above are accepted at the Drop-off Center.

Directions to Recycle Drop Off Center