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Single Stream Recycling is available 24 hrs @ the Franklin Township building located on Appleton road. Among other locations listed below! It has come to the Townships attention that residents have been abusing the rules for Recycling at the Franklin Township recycling center - please abide by the Single Stream Recycling Rules. Haven't heard of them? Continue reading for more information.


Single Stream Recycling

Single-stream recycling is a process by which materials are collected and mixed together for processing at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The MRF uses a system of sorting mechanisms (machines and people), which divides the recyclables into different categories. Once the recyclables have been separated at the MRF, they are then sent out to the different "markets," where the actual recycling of the material happens.


What Can Be Recycled?

 Paper: paperboard boxes (please flatten), corrugated cardboard (please flatten), paper bags, cartons, newspaper, brochures , inserts, junk mail, catalogs, magazines, file folders, office papers, phone books, paperback books (no need to remove paper clips, stamps, address labels, staples, metal fasteners, cellophane address windows, rubber bands, spiral bindings, plastic tabs)  Aluminum and steel cans: food cans, soda cans, loose lids, caps (emptied and rinsed)  Glass: jars and bottles  Plastics: food and beverage containers, #1, 2, 4, 5, 7


What Can't Be Recycled?

 No plastic bags  No recyclables in plastic bags  No scrap metal  No VHS/VCR tapes  No needles or syringes  No window panes, mirrors, ceramics & Pyrex dishware  No stickers or address label sheet waste  No plastics other than those listed  No electronic waste (batteries, cell phones, computers)  No paint, pesticides, oil and cleansers  No motor oil or antifreeze containers  No organic material and food waste  No waxed paper or waxed cardboard  No styrofoam or paper to-go containers  No plastic cups  No hard cover books


When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

Please, please throw it out! Chester County residents are great at recycling, but shouldn’t be tempted to be too passionate putting items in the bin that do not belong and “trashing” the recyclables. Properly prepared and collected recyclables are valued commodities sold on a global market. When too many non-recyclables (trash) are mixed in with the recyclables it all becomes “trash”, is too costly to separate and requires disposal at a landfill. Meanwhile too much money has been spent on collection, transportation and processing material that wasn’t worth collecting in the first place. Scrap metal, hangers, pieces of rope or hose, pieces of wood, yard waste and children’s toys are just a few of the items that “contaminate” the recyclables. Scrap metal may be taken to a scrap dealer, yard waste should be composted and reusable children’s toys may be donated or thrown away if broken. Do not put them in the recycling bins. Plastic bags present another problem. Recyclables should never be put in plastic bags. Plastic bags are not recyclable in curbside programs. They jam the source separating equipment at recycling facilities. Plastic shopping bags can be returned to your local grocery store and plastic trash bags should be used for trash only not recyclables. Most curbside programs in Chester County collect mixed paper, flattened corrugated cardboard cut down to 18” x 24”, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminum cans, plastic bottles and containers #1-5 plus 7. Our programs also collect clean aluminum foil and pie tins and empty steel aerosol cans. No Styrofoam, polystyrene, foam. Everything else should be thrown away and that’s okay. Remember only plastic containers and bottles with recycling symbols can be recycled. If there is no recycling symbol, throw it out. Most recyclables will come from the kitchen or in the mail as paper or corrugated cardboard. If you really want to do something positive for the planet, recycle correctly. If in doubt, throw it out! Still unsure or want to know more? Contact your hauler, municipal recycling coordinator or visit www.chestercountyswa.org for more information.


Where to Recycle

Single Stream Recycling Centers:

 East Nottingham Township, 24 hours, Election Road, 610-932-8494

 Franklin/London Britain Township, 24 hours, Appleton Road, 610-255-5212

 Kennett Township, Saturdays from 9:00-12:00 pm, Bayard Road, 610-388-1300

 London Grove Township, M-F 7:00-4:00 and Saturday 8:00-12:00, SECCRA, Street Road (Route 926), 610-869-2452

 Londonderry Township, Saturdays from 8:00-3:00pm, Daleville Road, 610-869-2138

 Lower Oxford Township, 24 hours, Township Road, 610-932-8150

 Penn Township, Dansko Headquarters, available 24 Hours, Federal Boulevard, West Grove PA

 Pennsbury Township, 24 hours, Baltimore Pike (Route 1), 610-388-7323

 Pocopson Township, 24 hours, Denton Hollow Road, 610-793-2151

 Upper Oxford Township, 24 hours, Limestone Road, 610-932-9233

 West Nottingham Township, 24 hours, Park Road, 610-932-4072


Other Recycling Other items are accepted for recycling at the SECCRA Community Landfill.

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