Each resident is responsible for their own trash removal through a private contractor. Douglass Township does not have municipal pick up.
Berks County Solid Waste Authority is committed to manage solid waste and recyclable materials in an environmentally safe, reliable and efficient manner. Check out their website for more information. www.co.berks.pa.us/swa
In the wake of the Boyertown recycling center closure, we lost an important local option for recycling. Douglass Township made every effort to start a new recycling center through the County program. Unfortunately, we were told that due to budget cuts, it would not be possible.
There are several alternatives available for recycling. Some private trash haulers offer recycling pickup. There is also the option of drop off at the landfill in Earl Township. The Delaware Valley Landfill is obligated by contract with Berks County to accept recyclables from all Berks County residents. They are located at 583 Longview Road. Directions to the landfill are: Route 73 west, left on Longview Lane (fruitstand across from Earl Elementary School), stay to the right where Longview turns into Shenkel Road. .5 miles for Rt. 73. The recycling drop off is at the top of the hill on the right. You must check in at the guard house before depositing recyclables.
DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP IS NOW RECYCLING PAPER
At the Township building you will see a Paper Retriever bin. These bins are provided to the Townshhip at no cost. A bin holds 1-2 tons of paper, for which the Township receives $5 per ton for the paper.
The purpose is to provide Township residents with an easy way to be environmentally responsible by reducing the amount of paper in landfills.
This is a satisfying community project where we can all make a difference.
DID YOU KNOW THAT 1 TON OF PAPER RECYCLING SAVES:
- 17 trees
- 3 cubic yards of landfill space
- 4102 kwh of electricity
- 7000 gallons of water
- 60 pounds of air pollution
PAPER RETRIEVER BINS TAKE
- Junk Mail
- Construction paper
- Office paper
- Poster Paper
- Shredded paper
- TV guides
PAPER RETRIEVER DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY CARDBOARD