Residential Trash & Recycling
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO YOUR TRASH PICK-UP SERVICE
Electronic Devices May NOT be Thrown into the Trash - According to new U.S. and PA regulations, electronic devices including desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, computer tablets and televisions must be properly recycled and may not be thrown into the trash. Your trash hauler is not permitted to accept these devices and will leave them behind as uncollectible.
So where can you take these items?
The Berks County Solid Waste Authority provides a recycling center for county residents. It is located at 1316 Hilltop Rd., Leesport, Pa. (Bern Twp.) Open every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. ELECTRONIC ITEMS ACCEPTED INCLUDE: Computers, Monitors, Laptops, Keyboards, Modems, Printers, Copier, etc., Microwaves, Stereos, Television, VCRs, Telephones, Answering Machines, etc., Fluorescent bulbs, All types of Batteries, Air Conditioners & Dehumidifiers
RESIDENTIAL Rates -
- All Electronic Items (Residents ONLY) Free of Charge
- Fluorescent tubes , CFL Bulbs & Batteries Free of Charge
- Air Conditioners & Dehumidifiers Free of Charge
For additional information:
Berks County Solid Waste Authority
For more detail about electronic recyclables materials, please visit USEPA web site at http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm
Craig W. Fink - Commissioner of Code Enforcement; Health & Sanitation
Senior Citizen Discount – New Applications for 2013 Required!
If you can answer yes to one of the following questions, you are entitled to a $20 discount for each billing period provided you complete a new 2013 application for the discount; provide proof of age (driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, etc.) for all household members; and pay the entire invoice before the due date.
1. Do you live alone at this address and were you born in 1948 or earlier?
2. Do you live with no more than one other person at this address and were you both born in 1948 or earlier?
3. Would you be eligible under question 1 or 2 above except for the fact that you are a caregiver for one or two individuals of any age with documented disabilities or a similar condition?
Call the Township Office if you have any questions about your eligibility for a discount or if you need special assistance completing the application. Remember you must fill out a new application for the 2013 discount and pay your bill before the deadline to be eligible for this discount. All bills paid after the due dates are charged at the full $130 rate plus penalty.
Click here for the 2013 Senior Citizen Discount Verification FormPrint out this form and bring it along with a valid ID to the Muhlenberg Township Business Office Monday through Friday, 8AM to 4:30PM. 610-929-4727
Household Trash, Garbage, Recycling and Bulk Collection
Your collection day will remain on Thursday or Friday. You may place up to eight (8) containers of trash, one bulk item and your recycling container at the street’s edge anytime after 6 p.m. the night before your pick-up. All trash must be in maximum 30 gallon plastic or metal containers or plastic trash bags (sorry, larger containers are not permitted). Tree branches and shrub trimmings may be bundled in four foot lengths. Please don’t use small containers such as boxes or grocery bags because they allow trash to blow around causing litter - Help keep our Township clean!
BULK ITEMS: Bulk items include carpet (must be cut in four foot lengths), household furnishings, bicycles, etc.
HOLIDAY COLLECTION: If your collection falls on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday collection will occur on Friday and Friday’s collection on Saturday (for that week only). There are no other changes to your collection days in 2013.
WHITE GOODS: White Goods are also classified as bulk items. They are stoves, microwaves, washers, etc. Appliances must have Freon removed and sticker attached before collection (refrigerator, freezers, air conditioners, etc.). Because a separate truck is used for the collection of White Goods you must call J.P. Mascaro & Sons at 1.800.334.3403 to schedule this pickup.
NOT COLLECTED: Any Home Construction or Demolition Debris!
If you’re putting on a new roof or remodeling your house, you need to make your own arrangements to remove the debris. Call J.P. Mascaro & Sons at 1.800.334.3403 or any other waste hauler of your choice for information and cost.
NOT COLLECTED: Any Hazardous Wastes! Car batteries, gasoline, motor oil, pesticides, oil-base paints, medical waste and other toxic and hazardous materials do not belong in the trash! Call the Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610.478.6362 for information on disposing of these materials. Many auto stores accept used motor oil and car batteries. Your Doctor’s Office should be able to assist you with disposal of medical waste.
TRASH AND RECYCLING FEES: This fee will remain at $260 annually which is unchanged for five years. The Township will invoice you for half of your fee in January and the remainder again in June for this service. You will have 60 days from our billing date to pay before late fees are added. Bills more than 30 days past due will be referred to the District Court for collection. Check your bill for information about the Senior Citizen Discount.
For any questions regarding trash pickup, call 610-929-4727
Berks County Solid Waste Authority - 2013 Collection Schedule:
Household Hazardous Waste, Electronic Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste, Tire Collection and Paper Shredding information can all be found by visiting the Berks County Solid Waste Authority - www.countyofberks.com/swa
Recycling is Easier than Ever !
Please recycle all of the following:
Cans - Aluminum beverage cans, steel and tin food cans. Please rinse the can and remove the lid or push it into the can. No need to remove labels. NO FOIL OR FOOD TRAYS, PLEASE!
Glass - Food and beverage containers such as jars and bottles only! Clear, green or brown glass. Remove lids and rinse. Leave labels on. No light bulbs, mirrors, window glass, etc.
Plastics - #1 thru #7 food and beverage and detergent containers. The number is on the bottom of the bottle. Most soda, milk, and water bottles fit this category. Dispose of caps and lids in the regular trash.
Paper & Cardboard - All newspapers, magazines, office paper, and phone books must be tied in bundles or bagged with paper grocery bags. Cardboard - clean, dry, corrugated cardboard must be tied in bundles no larger than 2 feet x 2 feet.
Tree & Shrub Disposal
Residents ONLY (proof such as driver's license, tax bill, etc. is required) are permitted to bring their tree and shrub trimmings to the designated area on Reading Crest Avenue (off Route 61) the first & third Saturday of each month, April through November, between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon for disposal. Employees will be on hand to verify residency and accept or reject all material.
The drop off area will also be open the first Wednesday of each month, December through March, between the hours of 8AM and 12 Noon. Trimmings must be no less than three feet long and no more than six inches in diameter. Hedge trimmings, rose and other thorny plants, lumber, leaves, stumps, old firewood, roots, etc., will not be accepted. Christmas trees may be deposited anytime in January. Help protect our staff from injury by leaving the trimmings as large as possible and removing all wire, nails, etc. Disposing of any material any other time is strictly prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted.