What days are trash pickup days?
Pick-up is every Wednesday. If a Major Holiday falls on or before Wednesday, pick-up will be the following day. The holidays are New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Four bags/Containers per home.
If you have any bulk items (sofa, mattress, desk, dresser, etc) that need to be picked up, CALL Waste Management at 610-440-3700 (account # 603-6589) to schedule bulk item pick up, at an additional charge.
What Day is Recycle day?
Recycle day is on Every Thursday Morning! If a Major holiday falls on or before recycling day, pick up will be the following day. The holidays are Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, New Years Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day.
No need to remove: Paper clips, stamps, address labels, staples, metal fasteners, cellophane address windows, rubber bands, bindings, plastic tabs.
Any questions please call the Borough Hall at 610-678-1486.
Who must comply?
All Businesses and residents in the Borough must comply. According to Ordinance #422 each property must pay for trash service whether a pickup is conducted or not. Only business and apartment buildings with over EIGHT units are excluded. Dumpsters are then used by their own choice of Company. Each calendar year, businesses are required to report how much they recycle and the items they recycle.
Electronic Waste Collection: The Solid Waste Authority has a waste collection center located at 1316 Hilltop Rd, Leesport. The center is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8AM to 12 noon. They accept all electronic items, TVs (limit 2), VCRs, microwaves, air conditioners, and fluorescent light bulbs, etc. This is free for all residents. There is a fee for businesses an an appointment is needed. Call 610-478-6362.
Recycling is the most often advertised of the 3R’s, so it’s likely you’ve heard of it before. Recycling is changing old products into new ones so they can be resold. Single stream recycling is the simplest method of recycling where all recyclables (no need for separating!) are sent to a Material Recovery Facility where they are separated, sorted, processed and sold to manufacturers to be used in products and packaging that re-enter the market. (ClOSING THE LOOP). For example, when you set out bottles and cans to be recycled, they may re-enter the marketplace as new bottles or cans, or they can be changed into things like bicycles or asphalt. Turn leftover kitchen waste into compost for your flower or vegetable gardens.
What is Waste Reduction?
Waste reduction is an effort to decrease the amount of waste generated. The best way to reduce waste is not to create it in the first place. If waste is prevented, there is no need or cost for collection, processing, and disposal. Reducing waste is important because doing so conserves valuable natural resources and protects the environment, benefitting us, our children and future generations. Waste reduction is the preferred method of solid waste management and goes a long way toward protecting the environment. It is also important to reuse and recycle whenever possible. The three R’s of managing solid waste (REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE) all play a role in helping you save money while protecting the environment.
What is REDUCING?
Reducing is simply creating less waste. It’s also the best method for keeping our earth clean. Why? Because it stops the problem at the source. By making less waste in the first place, there is less mess to clean up. EXAMPLES: Drink filtered tap water from a reusable bottle instead of bottled water. Pack lunches using reusable containers instead of plastic bags and /or wrap and a reusable insulated lunch bag instead of brown or plastic bags. Use rechargeable batteries. Use cloth and reusable bags at the grocery store. Look for products with minimal packaging.
What is REUSING?
Reusing is taking old items that you might consider throwing away and finding a new use for them. Reusing helps situations where it is not possible to reduce. EXAMPLES: Donate used clothing or use old clothing/towels/bedding for cleaning rags or drop cloths when painting, reuse paper grocery bags to put old newspapers in for recycling, reuse shredded old newspaper as mulch for your garden or pet bedding. Donate gently used furniture and building materials to a local Habitat for Humanity Restore….or your used eyeglasses to Lions Club International. You can even donate used cars to charity for reuse.