Waste Collection & Recycling
Regular household garbage and rubbish will be collected each Wednesday. Backyard collection is provided for regular household garbage only. All waste must be placed in watertight containers not exceeding 32 gallons in capacity. During weeks with a holiday observed by Waste Management, collection will occur on Thursdays. Those dates for the remainder of 2019 are:
Christmas: Collection will occur on Thursday, December 26, 2019
2019 Waste Management Flyer
Garbage is generally described as food and waste typically generated by a household. Rubbish is generally described as non-routine waste, such as discarded furniture, moving boxes, attic items, etc. Rubbish must be placed in suitable containers (cans, boxes, trash bags, or bundles) if possible, and placed at the closest public curb line for collection no earlier than one day before collection. Yard and garden waste, including grass clippings, leaves, and hedge clippings, may be placed into a trash bag for weekly collection.
Waste Management will not pick up tires, auto parts, electronics, hazardous waste, or construction materials. By state law, any appliance containing freon must be drained by a certified technician and tagged as “freon-free”. Any items left behind by Waste Management have not met collection standards. Please notify the Borough Office as soon as possible to report missed garbage or rubbish pickup. Under no circumstances are grass clippings, leaves, or other debris to be deposited in the Borough streets or sewers! For further information regarding irregular waste items, what is allowed in the trash, and other questions, please contact the Borough office.
Recycling is an extremely easy way to make our community a more sustainable place. However, recycling the wrong material has a detrimental impact on the entire recycling process and the environment. Once your recyclables are collected from your home, the material is sorted at Waste Management’s Recycling Center where it is bundled and prepared to sell back to manufacturers. The bundles of recyclable goods must have very low levels of contamination, meaning non-recyclable material or recyclable material of a different category. For example, a plastic bundle can’t have aluminum cans mixed in. Contamination also includes debris left inside of a recyclable product.
In order to increase efficiency and productivity of the entire recycling process, it is important to recycle right! Not every material is recyclable, and knowing when to throw something into the trash will ensure that recyclable materials are reused properly. So, what exactly should be recycled?
- Any paper the size of a half sheet or larger is recyclable! Small pieces, like sticky notes or receipt tape, get caught up in the sorting process and stuck with other materials.
- Plastic bottles, jugs and jars marked with a #1 and #2 are the only plastic materials that can be recycled at the Waste Management facility. Numbers 3 through 7 actually contain lower amounts of plastic and are difficult to sell back to manufacturers.
- Cardboard is highly recyclable. Be sure to break down cardboard boxes and remove tape and labels if possible in order to make the process more efficient.
- Aluminum and tin are the most recyclable of all materials, and can be recycled an infinite number of times! Rinse out all aluminum and tin cans to remove left over debris before placing them in the recycling can.
So, what can’t be recycled?
- Glass shatters and mixes in with other recyclables during the single stream sorting process. Due to increased levels of contamination in other bundles of material, Waste Management will no longer accept glass in the recycling can starting in 2020. Instead, Edgeworth Borough will place a glass-only dumpster at the Recycling Center located off of Chestnut Road beginning in January, 2020. Take all glass bottles and jars there for proper recycling. Other forms of glass, such as windows, stemware, mirrors, and lightbulbs are not recyclable and will not be accepted.
- NEVER put your recyclables into plastic bags. Waste Management will no longer collect recycling cans that have plastic bags in them. At the recycling facility, plastic bags are pulled out and sent straight to a landfill, even if they contain purely recyclable material! Instead, take your plastic bags to a retail store that will recycle them properly, such as Giant Eagle.
- Other unacceptable items include: batteries, shredded paper, tires, pizza boxes, appliances, paint, ceramics, electronics, Styrofoam, scrap metal, yard waste, or food scraps.
- Grass clippings and other yard debris are not recyclable. Simply leave them on the lawn or compost them, instead of bagging them for waste removal!
The most important ways to help build a more sustainable community is to reduce, reuse, and compost when possible.
- Try to reduce single-use plastics and food waste as much as possible. Consider limiting plastic-wrapped items when shopping, purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets, only buying what you need, and canceling unnecessary mail.
- Find reusable options for products when possible. For example, purchase a reusable water bottle and coffee thermos, use cloth bags when grocery shopping, and choose products made from recycled material.
- Composting is a great way to fertilize gardens and yards without needing harmful chemicals. Create a small pile for food scraps, shredded paper, pizza boxes, coffee filters, and yard debris.
Edgeworth is proud to offer curbside recycling to all residents, and we strongly encourage all residents to recycle. Recycling cans may be purchased for $20 each (cash or check) at the Borough Building. In addition to curbside recycling, a drop-off recycling site is located at 101 Chestnut Road, across Ohio River Boulevard.
What’s the Deal with Plastic Bags?
Plastic bags are virtually everywhere in daily life. While convenient and abundant, they are not an ideal solution, nor are they permitted in Edgeworth’s single stream recycling program. Below is a video that explains the single stream collection process. The video also explains why plastic bags cannot be recycled in our program. If you have any questions concerning plastic bags, please contact the Borough Office.