Changes in Plastics Recycling Effective April 2018

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Due to changes Waste Management has implemented at its recycling plant as Part of their Recycle Often, Recycle Right program, North Fayette will no longer be able to pick up any items with a Triangle No. 6 or plastic bags of any type as part of curbside recycling. This means no thin plastics or plastic bags with or without a recycling triangle (no grocery bags, garbage bags, newspaper bags, plastic bread bags, plastic wrap, etc.) and no food containers made of Styrofoam (egg cartons, fast food containers, packing filler, etc.). The recycling plant will continue to take other plastic items that have a recycling triangle with Plastics No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 7. If there isn’t a recycling triangle on the plastic, it can’t be recycled.

The Township will be assessed surcharges if any of the above non-acceptable items are in our recycling. Additionally, items must be free of waste so not to contaminate the rest of the recycling products at the plant. These contaminates include food waste, food soiled items (cheese in pizza boxes, peanut butter in jars, etc.), sharp or dangerous materials (needles or electronics), items that could get tangled in Waste Management’s equipment (rubber hoses and wires) or bulky items (propane tanks) or any construction debris. Additional surcharges will also be incurred by the Township if our recycling truckload has tires, pallets, blocks, bricks, yard waste (grass, leaves or branches), electronics, car parts, or any other non-recyclable item.

From this point forward, the recycling plant will only be accepting: clean glass bottles and jars; clean metal cans (steel, tin, & aluminum) such as soda, vegetable, fruit & tuna cans, but no aluminum pans or other metals; clean paper (brown paper bags, office paper, newspaper, magazines and junk mail); clean paperboard such as cereal boxes, clean cardboard beverage containers rinsed out with lids removed (juice or milk cartons); clean flattened cardboard; and clean plastics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7. Any other items or dirty items would result in the Township being assessed surcharges.

There are many other ways to recycle or dispose of the items that the Waste Management recycling plant will no longer accept:

  • Plastic grocery bags can be returned to the store. Most stores have a container near the entrance to drop bags off.
  • To dispose of construction materials, Lowe’s and Home Depot have construction bags that can be purchased and picked up by the store when filled. There are also construction dumpsters available for larger jobs; check the Yellow Pages or online for options.
  • Hypodermic needles can be placed in a container with a lid, then placed in a garbage bag and put out with weekly trash.
  • Electronics can be brought to the Township office Monday through Friday between 7AM and 5PM.
  • Some car parts have a core charge and can be returned to where the item was purchased.
  • Tires can be taken to most tire installation companies for a fee.
  • Yard waste can be picked up in biodegradable paper bags from April through November.

North Fayette Township is asking for cooperation in this matter. If these surcharges become a regular occurrence, a sanitation rate increase may be needed to recoup the additional recycling cost.

Additional Resources Regarding Curbside Recycling Changes

Recycling Industry Crisis - Penn WasteOpens a New Window.
Waste Management Response to Recycling ContaminationOpens a New Window.
Understanding National Sword in Pennsylvania