IMPORTANT! Don't throw non-recyclable items in your recycling cart because that will taint the entire recycling stream, jeopardizing the usability of recycled materials throughout the supply chain. Click the ReCommunity fliers below for handy reminders about what can and cannot be recycled in the Township's curbside collection program.
Collections begin at 7AM
These mandatory recycling guidelines apply to all Cheltenham residents who have Township trash collection. Apartment and condominium residents should contact the property’s owner or manager for details about their recycling programs. Businesses and institutions are also required to recycle, per state and Township law, and must submit annual recycling reports from their private haulers to the Township’s Public Works Department by the end of each calendar year. Call the Refuse Superintendent at 215-635-4600 for additional information about business and institutional recycling.
Glass, cans, plastic, paper and cardboard may all be recycled together in a single wheeled automated recycling cart.
No other recycling receptacle may be used for the Township’s program.
Empty and rinse glass, cans and plastic containers to remove organic food material and residue, but labels may remain.
Recycling is collected on the same day as household refuse.
Automated recycling carts – which remain with a property following a home sale – are available in two sizes: 35 and 65 gallons. New residents who want to swap their existing cart for a larger or smaller size should contact the Refuse/Recycling Superintendent at 215-635-4600, ext. 3.
Place the recycling cart at the curb no more than 12 hours before the scheduled collection day and remove it within 12 hours after collection, like refuse. Note: Refuse and recycling collections begin at 7AM.
Position the cart at least 3 feet away from surrounding obstacles, including trash cans, vehicles, poles, hydrants or landscaping. Place the cart in the street with the wheels back against the curb or grass. When not out for pickup, store cart ideally in a shed or garage or in side or back yards. Storage in front yards or beyond the front building line is discouraged.
Some common uses for code numbers “1” through “7” are:
EXCEPTIONS: Do not include plastic bags, PVC piping, plastic CD cases, VHS/VCR tapes,spray gun tops or Styrofoam, including packing peanuts.
Montgomery County Recycling Guide: recycling items from A to Z
Want to know where your recycling ends up? Click here.
Recycling is not only the law. It’s also a valuable boon to the environment since it reduces pollution while preserving natural resources.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department.