It is better to throw something out than put it in the recycling if you are not sure it is recyclable in our blue bins. Contamination from non-recyclables and dirty recyclables drives up our costs since they have to be removed by hand and then trashed.
Check out our township's detailed frequently asked questions (FAQ) of what is accepted in our blue recycling bins
It typically means it is recyclable somewhere but not necessarily recyclable in our blue bins. You still need to check the Haverford Township recycling guidelines to ensure it is accepted by our program.
Bags and other plastic film jam the conveyors and cause shutdowns. A bag of recycling is NOT opened but pulled off the line as trash. There is no time to open bags. Plastic film IS recyclable AT GROCERY STORES such as Acme and Giant and home improvement stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot.
1. Know What to Throw.
Cardboard, paper, glass bottles, metal cans, plastic bottles and jugs.
2. Empty. Clean. Dry.
Keep all recyclables free of food and liquid.
3. Don't bag it. Loose in a reusable container.
Never put recyclables in bags, cardboard boxes or containers.
4. NO PLASTIC BAGS
Plastic grocery bags, produce bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, air pillows, bubble wrap and other plastic film are not recyclable curbside but are recyclable at grocery stores.
5. Boxes should be empty and flattened.
Remove all packing material (Ex: bubble wrap, air mailers, Styrofoam, etc.) It is preferred but not required to remove staples, tape and labels from boxes.
Don't allow any more than a teaspoon of liquid to collect in cans, bottles, packages or jugs.
Grease is not easily removable in the repulping process. You can remove any grease-stained sections and recycle the rest.
8. Replace cap on plastic bottle.
Caps are now allowed on plastic bottles. No loose caps, spray tops, or cap containing more than just plastic.
9. Never recycle anything smaller than a credit card.
If too small to go through the sorting equipment, it could get jammed and shut down the whole operation. (Ex: no lids or caps)
10. No flimsy plastic
It is breaks when crushed than it will either break into too small of pieces to recycle or get stuck in the equipment. (Ex. plastic bags, film, packaging, lids)
11. If your recycling container stinks, it's contaminated with non-recyclable waste.
Remove the waste and rinse out the bin. When in doubt, throw it out! (In the garbage)
12. Get a recycling can with lid or recycling sticker
New heavy duty recycling can available for $18 at Public Works Department in the Township Building or free for new residents! Also available is free recycling stickers that can be applied to any can or bin!
Learn how to recycle items that can't be recycled in our curbside bins: natural corks, foil lined chip bags, foil and scrap metal, toothpaste tubes and more!
New heavy duty recycling can available for $35 at Public Works Department in the Township Building or free for new residents within 6 months of moving!
Also available is free recycling stickers that can be applied to any can or bin!
For recycling information please go to the Public Works website.
Recycling drop-off containers are available at 1 Hilltop Rd.
Check out our townships easy one page guide to recycling in your blue bin recycling
Check out our townships detailed frequently asked questions of what is accepted in our blue recycling bins
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Find out what you can do to help make a difference in our environment every day. Whether you're at home, on the go, in the office, or at school, there are many opportunities to go green by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.
Keep all recyclables free of food and liquid. One dirty item can contaminate an entire truckload, so make sure recyclables are empty, clean and dry.
Learn about our state of recycling. Our speakers include Albert Motel from Villanova University; a representative from Republic Services; Dr. Kevin Cannon from Penn State; Melisa Romano from Haverford EAC; as well as elected officials Greg Vitali and Mike Zabel, and other industry leaders. Speakers will cover information on the history of recycling, the current state of recycling, where the industry is headed and what is accepted/prohibited in Haverford single stream recycling. Fall 2020
Learn what does and does not go in your blue bin, what steps are necessary to sort and clean, and where to locally recycle items that are not accepted in your blue bin. January 2022
These are not accepted in your blue bin! Do NOT bag your recycles with a trash bag. (All items must be separated, CLEAN, empty, dry and placed loose in a can.) Also do not place in the blue bin. They can be recycled at many stores: grocery, Home improvement, Staples and Target.