Recycling Information from Department of Environmental Protection

Benefits of Recycling

Keeping recyclable materials out of the waste stream not only extends to lifespan of the local waste facilities, it also allows the materials to become a new material and decreases your environmental footprint.

Benefits according to Environmental Protection Agency of United States:

      • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
      • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and materials
      • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
      • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
      • Saves energy
      • Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
      • Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

Borough Residential Recycling

Requirement – Residents must recycle at least three materials deemed appropriate by the municipality from other municipal waste.

Drop-off recycling site located at West Front Street, South Williamsport (source separated drop-off of acceptable recyclables; including glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard, and plastic bottles and containers #1&2). This service is provided by the County on behalf of the municipality.

Limited Curbside Collection (separated collection of glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, and aluminum cans). This service is provided by the County on behalf of the municipality.

Schedule Curbside Collection

Single Stream Curbside Collection (comingled collection of all acceptable recyclables; including glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, aluminum cans, paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers #1-7, and cartons). This service is provided by private waste haulers.

Lycoming County Single Stream Recycling

 

Borough Commercial Recycling

Requirement – Commercial businesses, municipal or institutional establishments must separate high grade office paper, aluminum, corrugated paper and leaf waste and other materials deemed appropriate by the municipality generated at commercial, municipal or institutional establishments and from community activities.

Drop-off recycling site on West Front Street, South Williamsport (source separated drop-off of acceptable recyclables; including glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard, and plastic bottles and containers #1&2). This service is provided by the County on behalf of the municipality.

Limited Curbside Collection (separated collection of glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, and aluminum cans). This service is provided by the County on behalf of the municipality.

Schedule Curbside Collection

Single stream Curbside Collection (comingled collection of all acceptable recyclables; including glass bottles & jars, steel/tin cans, aluminum cans, paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers #1-7, and cartons). This service is provided by private waste haulers.

Lycoming County Single Stream Recycling

Mandated Communities in Lycoming County

Loyalsock Township, City of Williamsport, and South Williamsport Borough

Mandated Communities Requirements

Businesses and residents located in a mandated community are required by Act 101 law to recycle and separate leaf waste from other municipal waste.

Recycling in Your Community

Businesses and residents located within a mandated community are required by law (the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 101of 1988) to recycle and separate leaf waste from other municipal waste.  South Williamsport Borough is one of the mandated communities.  Mandated communities are established from the population and population density by square mile data collected by the recent US Census.

According to Act 101, Chapter 15:

“A municipality other than a county that has a population of more than 5,000 people but less than 10,000 people and that has a population density of more than 300 people per square mile shall establish and implement a source-separation and collection program for recyclable materials in accordance with this section.”

“The municipality must adopt an ordinance or regulation requiring all of the following:

      • Residents must separate leaf waste from other municipal waste, unless those residents have otherwise provided for the composting of leaf waste.
      • Residents to separate at least three materials deemed appropriate by the municipality from other municipal waste generated at their homes, apartments and other residential establishments and to store such materials until collection. The three materials shall be chosen from the following: clear glass, colored glass, aluminum, steel and bimetallic cans, high-grade office paper, newsprint, corrugated paper and plastics.
      • Commercial, municipal or institutional establishments to separate high grade office paper, aluminum, corrugated paper and leaf waste and other materials deemed appropriate by the municipality generated at commercial, municipal or institutional establishments and from community activities”

EPA Recycling Basics

Yard and Leaf Waste

The Borough provides an area for residents to drop off grass clippings and branches that are 2” in diameter or less. This area is designated as our “mulch” area.  It is located on the north side of our park complex. The area is locked; therefore, you must obtain a key from the Borough office.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

There is no charge for the key; however, it must be returned within 5 days. The office provides an “after hours” drop-box in which the mulch key can be placed for evening drop off. If a resident does not return the key after 5 days, a $50 penalty is imposed.

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