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Recycling Guide

Guide to Recycling (for the Berks County Recycling Center) 

 

 

 Guide to Recycling (by Material)

 
  • Glass
     
    Acceptable: 
    ​Clear, green and brown bottles & jars (e.g., soda bottles, beer bottles/food containers)
     
    Not Acceptable: 
    Windows and plate glass, light bulbs, crystal, ceramics or any type of tempered glass or table tops
     
    Preparation Steps: 
    Rinse/wash food/beverage container. Labels may remain. Do not break glass
     
  • Aluminum Cans
     
    Acceptable: 
    Aluminum food and beverage cans only
     
    Not Acceptable: 
    Foil, TV dinner trays, frozen entrée' pans, aluminum lawn furniture, pie tins
     
    Preparation Steps: 
    Rinse cans, they may be flattened or left intact. Labels can be left on.
     
  • Bi-Metal Cans
     
    Acceptable: 
    Any food containers such as vegetables, fruit, soup and juice
     
    Not Acceptable: 
    Aerosol, oil cans, paint cans, pans and scrap metals
     
    Preparation Steps: 
    Rinse cans, they may be flattened or left intact. Labels may be left on.
     
  • Plastics #1- #7 Bottles and Containers (only)
     
    Acceptable: 
    Soft drive bottles, milk, water, juice laundry, dish detergents, bleaches, and fabric softeners
     
    Not Acceptable: 
    Toys, chairs, flower pots. Anything that is not a container.
     
    Preparation Steps: 
    Lids or caps should be removed and placed in regular garbage. Containers should be rinsed and cleaned.
     
  • Mixed Paper
     
    Acceptable: 
    Newspapers, magazines, phone books, office paper, envelopes and box board
     
    Not Acceptable: 
    Dirty and contaminated paper products.
     
    Preparation Steps: 
    Stack in brown paper bags, or tie with string or twine.
     
  • Corrugated Cardboard
     
    Acceptable: 
    Clean, dry, corrugated cardboard, shipping boxes
     
    Not Acceptable: 
    Oily or wet cardboard boxes
     
    Preparation Steps: 
    Flatten boxes and cut boxes in 2' sections. Bundle securely with twine.
     

​REMEMBER:  IF IT IS NOT PROPERLY PREPARED, IT IS STILL TRASH

 

MAILING ADDRESS

Berks County Recycling Office
633 Court St.--14th Floor SC
Reading, PA 19601
Telephone: 610-478-6362

 

LOCATION

Berks County Recycling Center
1316 Hill Top Rd.
Leesport, PA 19533
Fax: 610-478-3470