2019 Refuse & Recycling Program

Borough Council authorized the outsourcing of the refuse and recycling program at their October 23rd meeting.  The contract was awarded to Waste Management and they began collection on November 26, 2018.

There are no major changes to refuse and recycling with the new contract.  However, residents will need to place all items out for collection the night before their regular collection day.  As of January 1, 2019, the collection routes will remain the same.  The Borough will work with Waste Management should they decide to consolidate the routes in the future.  


Residents are still permitted to have three 33-gallon refuse containers/bags and one large item per week.  Any additional refuse containers or bags will require an extra bag tag which can be purchased for $2.00 at the Borough office.

Any additional large items over the one item per week allowance will require a large item tag which can be purchased for $5.00 at the Borough office.


Residents may use a recycling container (or multiple containers) of choice no larger than 33-gallons.  Containers are to be marked for recycling.  Stickers are available at the Borough office at no cost.

Acceptable recycling materials are as follows:

  • Corrugated cardboard – This includes any size material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet, like shipping boxes or packing boxes. Flatten all boxes and remove packaging including Styrofoam, peanuts, bubble wrap and plastic liners.  DO NOT put paperboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes) in the recycling container.  All corrugated cardboard must be flattened and kept dry.
  • Plastic bottles & jugs with necks – This includes plastic bottles, jars, jugs and anything else with a neck smaller than its base. Throw away the lid and rinse out any residue.  All other plastic material is considered trash.  Ignore the numbers, as they do not indicate if something is recyclable.  Do not put plastic bags, toys, buckets, packaging, Styrofoam, hosing, furniture, or other plastic items in the bin.
  • Metal food and beverage cans – This includes all food and beverage cans made from aluminum or steel. Throw away the lids and rinse out any residue.  Do Not put metal hangers, cooking pots and pans or other scrap metal like foil and pie plates in the bin.
  • Glass jars and bottles – This includes clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars. Throw away the lids and rinse out any residue.  Do Not put light bulbs, dishes, glassware, window or automotive glass, vases or any other glass material in the bin.
  • Newspaper – must be kept dry

No other materials can be accepted for recycling.

NEW! Single Bag Program

Residents that do not generate enough refuse for a 33-gallon container/bag per week will be eligible to register for the Single Bag Program.  The program will offer 26 single bag collections throughout the year at a cost of $156.00 minimum.  This service will begin in April 2019.  Residents interested in this program will need to contact the Borough office to register and receive the annual bags/tags. 

If additional bags/tags would be needed, they will be available for $6.00 each.  For more information regarding this new program, please contact the Borough office.

Yard Waste

Waste Management will begin yard waste collection in April and provide the service two weeks per month through November.  The yard waste guidelines still apply:

  •  No bags or boxes will be accepted – only open containers not exceeding 33-gallons in size
  • Yard waste containers may not have lids and must be marked with the complete word "yard waste" in large letters on all sides of the can. Stickers are available at the Borough office at no charge.
  • All yard waste containers must have drainage holes in the bottom of the can and must have graspable handles of adequate strength for lifting.
  • Plants, twigs, and any bush trimmings smaller than 1" diameter, must be placed in open containers not exceeding 45-pounds, or, bound together in bundles not exceeding 4-feet in length or 45-pounds in weight using cotton or sisal twine only.  Bagged items and unbound loose piles will not be picked-up!
  • Pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and other vegetation used for seasonal decorations will be collected as yard waste.

The schedule for yard waste collection will be available with the April newsletter.

White Goods

Waste Management will collect white goods twice in 2019.  A special service tag is required for each item.  Tags will be sold at the Borough office.  More information on this service will be forthcoming.

Christmas Trees

There is no separate Christmas tree collection day.  Christmas trees will be collected on the regular refuse/recycle service day the weeks of January 7th and January 21st.

Holiday Trash Delays

Waste Management holidays are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  Collection will shift by one day depending on the day in which the holiday occurs. 

If a holiday is on Monday, then Monday collection moves to Tuesday, Tuesday collection moves to Wednesday, Wednesday collection moves to Thursday, Thursday collection moves to Friday, and Friday collection moves to Saturday.  If the holiday occurs on any other day of the week, then the collection day moves by one day from that day. 

For example, Thanksgiving is on a Thursday, so the Thursday route will be collected on Friday and the Friday route on Saturday.

Any questions regarding the new refuse/recycling service should be directed to the Borough office.

The Borough Public Works Department will continue to provide the following services:


The Borough will continue to provide chipping service the last full week of the month from April to November.  Residents that have limbs prepared for chipping must contact the Borough by the Friday before the scheduled chipping week to schedule collection.

The weeks for chipping are:

April 22nd         May 27th                June 24th          July 22nd     

August 26th     September 23rd     October 21st     November 25th

The Borough will collect limbs 1"-12" in diameter and more than 4 ft.  All branches must be neatly stacked in the regular refuse collection area with cut ends facing one direction towards the street or alley

Tree stumps or branches larger than 12" in diameter may be placed for collection, but will be picked up separately. 

Leaf Collection

Spring leaf collection will take place the weeks of March 5th and April 1st.  Leaves will not be collected from any alleys.  No limbs, grass, or yard waste may be mixed in with the leaves.

Fall leaf collection will begin on October 1st and continue through the end of the season.

Leaves will not be collected from any alleys. No limbs, grass, or yard waste may be mixed in with the leaves.

2019 Final Budget

Borough Council will be voting on the Final Budget at the December 20, 2018 Council meeting.  To review the proposed final budget, please click HERE.