"WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT"
This is the new motto of recycling considering the current marketing situation created by the problem of CONTAMINATION.
Before 2018, 50% of the world's recyclable paper and plastic was shipped to China for processing. But China now is enforcing a 0.5% contamination limit.
What is Contamination?
UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS INCLUDED IN CAN WITH RECYCLABLES!! This is a huge problem. Here are a few examples of contamination:
- Wet Cardboard
- Food Residue on any items
- Non-recyclable materials attached to recyclables such as foam attached to cardboard
What can we do to prevent contamination?
- Rinse all food residue from containers
- Throw any wet cardboard or paper in the trash, not the recycling
- Remove non-recyclable items from recycling
- Keep recycling bin covered
SEPARATE RECYCLABLES AS MANDATED BY YOUR WASTE HAULER!
TOP 5 ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FROM YOUR CURBSIDE HAULER:
- Metal food and beverage cans (aluminum and steel)
- Plastic bottles and jugs (rule of thumb "Look for the Neck" - recycle if the mouth of the container is smaller than the body)
- Glass bottles and jars (clear, green and brown)
- Newspaper (preferably separated from other items)
- Corrugated Cardboard (not all haulers take cardboard. See the following information about the Township cardboard dumpster.)
For more information about Curbside Trash & Recycling or recycling at the Yard Waste and Recycling Center see the different sections below.
South Lebanon Township's blue dumpster for ONLY CORRUGATED CARDBOARD has moved from 1111 State Drive to 3 Linden Road. You can still utilize this dumpster for FREE at our new Yard Waste and Recycling Center location.
Yard Waste and Recycling Center
The first recycling bin located at the Yard Waste and Recycling Center is divided in half to keep the Aluminum cans separate from the Steel / Tin Cans. Please be sure to place the appropriate cans in the correct side of the bin. See the signs for examples of each type of can.
STEEL / TIN CANS
ONLY CORRUGATED CARDBOARD:
- NO PAPERBOARD
- NO CONTAMINATION
- MUST BE FLATTENED
This section refers to CURBSIDE TRASH & RECYCLING,
not the Yard Waste and Recycling Center
Trash and Recycling collection is not provided by the township. It is up to each residential unit to contract with a local hauler for these services. All trash and recycling must be collected curbside at least once every two weeks.
Items mandated by township ordinance to be recycled are
- clear and colored glass
- bi-metal and aluminum cans
- plastic bottles and jars
Commercial, industrial and municipal establishments must recycle:
- office paper
- corrugated cardboard
- as well as the items mandated for residential
It should be noted that any large community event with more than 200 people in attendance is required to have recycling collection containers in place and the organization is responsible for seeing that items collected are recycled.
Some haulers collect more items than is required in our ordinance, so check with them to be sure you are making the most of the recycling program.
FREE recycling containers for residential units and small businesses are available at the township building and can be picked up Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other Recycled Items
Items we collect at the township building for recycling include:
- Phone books
- Ink/toner cartridges
- Cell phones
- Christmas trees (only during specified dates in December and January) Christmas trees may also be dropped at the Ironwood Playground on S 14th Avenue and at our facility at 3 Linden Road during those times.
Household Hazardous Waste Program
Are you looking for information on how to properly dispose of old lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, paints, pesticides and poisons? These are items that you cannot put out with the regular trash, pour down a drain, or dump into the ground out in the backyard. Lebanon County residents may arrange for a home pick-up of household hazardous waste for ONLY a $15 Co-Pay! Call 1-800-742-5542 ext. 123 or go to www.mxiinc.com/lebanon to set up an appointment.
This program is funded by the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority. For more information, call GLRA at 717-867-5790.
HHW program as of July 2020
ACCEPTABLE Household Hazardous Waste Materials
Adhesives • Aerosols • Art/Hobby Supplies • Automotive Fluids • Auto Batteries • Household Batteries • Cleaners • Waxes • Flammables • Lubricants • Poisons • Lawn/Garden Chemicals • Paint • Thinners • Stains • Varnishes • Gasoline • Mercury Thermometers • Mercury Thermostats • Fluorescent Tubes • Kerosene • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs • Rubbing Alcohol • Degreaser • Spot Remover • Nail Polish • Nail Polish Remover
UNACCEPTABLE Household Hazardous Waste Materials
Ammunition • Explosives • Fire Extinguishers • Gas Cylinders • Radioactive Waste • Smoke Detectors • TVs • Refrigerator • Freezer • Water Heater • Stove • Washer • Dryer • Air Conditioner • Dehumidifier • Scrap Metal • Electronics • Microwave
County Electronics Collection
The Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority opened an Electronics Recycling Facility for Lebanon County residents and small businesses. The facility is located behind the plant bedding and wood mulch loading area. Follow the signs on Russell Road to the entrance of the Electronics Recycling Facility. Electronics are FREE to drop off. There are NO CHARGES and NO FEES for electronics. A GLRA License is NOT required.
The facility’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The entrance gate closes PROMPTLY at 3:30 p.m. Weekdays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays.
Acceptable Electronic Materials Include (check their website for updated items):
TV • CRT (Monitor) • CPU (Tower) • Laptop • Mouse • Computer Keyboard • Power Supply • Printer • Scanner • Disc Drive • Cell Phone • Cables • Battery Backup • Router • Server • Computer Speakers • Cordless Phone • Digital Camera • Cable Box • Game Controller • Console TV • Projection TV
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
and Rechargeable Batteries
- CFL bulbs and rechargeable batteries can be recycled at both Lowe's and Home Depot. Rechargeable batteries can also be recycled at Staples.
- Fluorescent rubes can be recycled at Dauphin Electric at a cost of 12¢ per foot.
- To prepare your CFL bulb for recycling, wrap it in a paper towel and seal it in a resealable plastic bag.
Rather than adding unwanted books to the landfill, books can be recycled at Booksavers of Ephrata where they will be reused or recycled.
Another option is to place SOFTBACK books in the mixed paper bin at the Recycling Center located at 3 Linden Road. NO HARDBACK BOOKS!!!