The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates recycling through Act 101 of 1988. The Township of Cumru encourages recycling for additional reasons. Recycling conserves natural resources. Recycling saves limited landfill space and avoids dumping fees, which, in turn, helps to keep your refuse fee down. Finally, information on Cumru's recycling success is a crucial part of applications for recycling equipment and performance grants. Such grants also help to keep you fee down. So, recycling is good for you and good for Cumru!
Our recycling program is changing due to stringent regulations put into place in 2018 by China, the world's largest market for recyclable materials. Recycling is returning to dual stream collection. This means that paper products, including cardboard, are to be separated. The number of plastics for recycling collection has been reduced.
Items to be placed in the blue recycling container include:
Clear, brown, and green glass
Aluminum, steel, and bi-metal cans
Plastic marked 1 PETE or 2 HDPE
Newspaper and cardboard that are not wet, coated, or contaminated with food should be placed on top or next to the blue container. Pizza boxes are usually not considered recyclable because they have been in direct contact with food and are almost always contaminated with grease/oil. Boxes should be broken down and flattened.
Refuse collection is once a week. Six bags or cans of normal household trash may be placed out for each collection.Please refer to the attached "Trash Schedule" and color code todetermine thecollection days for your household.
Each container should not weigh more than 75 lbs. or measure any longerthan four feet.All loose items such as cardboard, etc. must be bundled or tiedtogether. Trash/refusecontainers shall be kept away from the vicinity of mailboxes.Residents are cautioned not to attempt to put too much refuse in the thinner plasticbags that may rip when lifted.Care should be taken to ensure that only cold ashesare placed out for pickup. Eachmetal or plastic container should not exceed30-gallon capacity and should be equippedwith two handles. Refuse shall not beplaced in cardboard boxes. Each collection is limitedto six bags or cans.
PLEASE NOTE: Grass clippings will not be collected in theregular refusecollection. Tags may be purchased at theTownship building for bags containing grass tobe picked upwith the regular collection for an additional charge.
Recycling collection is every other week. Please referto theattached "Recycling Schedule" and color code to determine the collectiondays for your household.
Items to be placed in the blue and yellow recycling container include: clear,brown andgreen glass; aluminum, steel and bi-metal cans; and plastics marked 1PETE or 2 HDPE onthe bottom. Badly damaged containers may be exchanged fornew containers at theTownship Office, 1775 Welsh Rd., Mohnton, PA. The containersare the property of theTownship and should remain with the dwelling in theevent that the residents move.Excess glass/metal/plastic recycling may be placedin a plastic or metal 2-handledcontainer clearly marked "Recycling."
Items to be placed next to the blue and yellowrecycling container includeblack-and-white newsprint, magazines, and phone books.These items should betied or placed in a brown paper bag.
Trash/refuse should be readyfor collection starting at 6:30 a.m. Collectionmay continue until dusk.
Trash andrecycling collections shall not be made on the following holidays:New Year's Day, GoodFriday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Whena holiday falls on a Monday or Tuesday, collectionshall be made on the prior Saturday.When a holiday falls on a Wednesday,Thursday, or Friday, collection shall be made onthe following Saturday. Thesechanges are reflected in the trash and recycling schedules.
If you experience any problems with your trash or recycling collection, call the Township Office during the next business day at (610) 777-1343.
Commercial Recycling Requirements
All persons owning, leasing, operating, managing and/or otherwise controlling commercial or institutional establishments shall recycle the following:
Glass Bottles & Jars
Reports must be filed with the Township of Cumru no later than January 30th of each year indicating the types and weights of the materials recycled during the previous year. Business owners must supply the above information on letterhead from their trash hauler.
Your cooperation is needed in order to reach our recycling goals.
Yard Waste Facility
Open ONLY on the 2nd Saturday of the Month, yard waste will not be accepted on any other day.
Hours of Operation: 9:00am-1:00pm Location: Poplar Neck Rd.
*Dec.-March Winter Hours 10:00am-12:00pm
Fines of up to $300 will be issued for illegal dumping. Open ONLY to residents of Cumru, identification will be required! No commercial vehicles are allowed. The site will be patrolled by police and is under video surveillance.
The following items will be accepted:
-Leaves -Garden Debris -Brush and Bushes -Tree Trimmings -Weeds -Flowers and Garden Plants
Note: Kraft paper bags must be emptied,
due to a requirement from the composting
The following items will be NOT accepted:
-Stumps and/or stump grindings -Grass -Plastic Bags -Root Balls -Treated or Painted Wood -Railroad Ties -Tree Branches larger than 5 feet long & 6 inches in diameter -Glass -Trash
Township of Cumru 1775 Welsh Rd Mohnton PA 19540 (610) 777-1343
Hours of Operation: 8:00am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm Monday-Friday
(closed for lunch 12:00pm-12:30pm)
*The Township Administrative Offices will be closed for the following Holidays(if they fall on a week day):
New Year’s Day, President’s Day, the Friday before Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day,
Thanksgiving Day, the Day after Thanksgiving, the day before Christmas, Christmas Day, the day of New Year’s Eve
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