Recycling Truck Fire: Letter To Community

Posted on Thursday July 08, 2021
A letter from the Township Manager to all residents

July 8, 2021 

Dear Cheltenham Neighbors,

I am writing today to inform you of an incident that occurred just after 9:00am this morning: one of our Township’s automated recycling trucks was reported on fire at the corner of Asbury Avenue and Richards Road.  Due to where the fire was in the truck, the nearly full load had to be dumped in the roadway. The Elkins Park Fire Company responded to quickly put out the fire, saving the truck from permanent damage. The cause of the fire was found to be a battery pack for a drill, inside a plastic bag.

Neither of the above items is permitted in our single-stream recycling collections. As the whole load of recycling was dumped in the street, Township staff noted a significant number of other non-recyclable materials. Not only did this incident cost the Township in damages to equipment, but continual disregard for recycling regulations results in entire loads of contaminated recycling having to now be sent to the landfill.  Rejected loads of recycling also add additional costs to our Township Refuse collection expenses.  What’s more, this morning’s fire created a public safety hazard, and if the fire company had not acted so quickly, this may have resulted in serious injury to staff, firefighters and police officers, our residents, and/or personal property.

I implore each of you to do your part to keep Cheltenham clean, green, and safe for all members of our community.  Pictures of today’s incident are included with this letter, as is a list of non-recyclable items as a refresher.  Recycling guidelines can also be found on our website and in the Township calendar.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Refuse/Recycling Superintendent at 215-887-6200 ext. 342.

Thank you for your time and consideration!


Robert A. Zienkowski

Township Manager

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