Consider using a reusable carryout bag.
These bags are made of durable Cloth, Fiber, or Fabric.
Recycle items MUST be placed in recycle bin LOOSE.
Bags are prohibited and may result in fines.
Recycling in the Township is single stream; all material can be mixed together in your recycling bin. Recycle pick-up is collected on a weekly basis throughout the year. Recyclables must be placed curbside by 6:00AM the morning of your regular trash pickup or after 6:30 PM the night prior. Items should be placed in your Township issued recycling bin, container of your choice, or in paper bags. Containers must be no larger than 40 gallons and weigh no more than 30 lbs and properly marked "Recycling".
Township issued containers remain with the property in the event of change of ownership.
Holiday and Weather Emergency Schedule
Delayed recycling collection due to holidays, snow, or weather emergency conditions preventing recycling collection service on the regularly scheduled date will result in the collections being made on the following week.
*April 10, November 13, November 27 - Recycling will not be collected due to Holiday trash collections from previous Friday. Recycling dumpsters are available to residents in Municipal Parking to dispose of recyclables if needed.
There is no limit on the amount of material that may be put out for collection. DO NOT overfill containers. Lids must be closed to prevent waste from spilling/flying into streets. Plastic bags are not recyclable, therefore will not be collected.
Recycle the Following
Newspapers, Magazines, Catalogs, Junk Mail/Envelopes, Paper, Paperboard (cereal/shoe boxes), Cardboard/Brown Paper Bags, Plastic Narrow Neck Bottles, Soda/Juice/Water Bottles (glass or plastic), Milk Jugs, Bleach Detergent Bottles, Shampoo Bottles, Glass Bottle/Jars (any color), Metal Cans (tin/steel/aluminum).
Any glass, metals, juice boxes, or plastics should be rinsed thoroughly with plastic lids and neck bands removed before recycling. Paper clips, staples, metal fasteners, stamps, labels and address labels, cellophane, address windows, rubber bands, spiral bindings, plastic tabs do not need to be removed.
Do Not Recycle
Plastic bags, plastic food wrap, other plastics not listed above, any plastic without a triangle & number • Paint, pesticides, motor oil, antifreeze & cleansers and their containers • Pool Chemicals • Hazardous waste • VHS/VCR tapes • Straws • Plastic flatware (including “compostable” flatware) • Sheets of stickers or address labels • Waxed paper & cardboard • Packing material without a numbered triangle symbol • Scrap metal • Styrofoam • Disposable diapers • Pizza boxes • Soiled paper towels, paper plates, napkins or tissue paper • Sanitary napkins • Soiled paper towels or tissue paper • Organic material or food waste • Textiles, fabric, or clothing • Ceramics, chinaware porcelain or Pyrex dishware • Liquids • Mirrors • Window glass • Light bulbs • Batteries • Syringes/Needles • Computers, electronic equipment, phones • Hard cover books • Hangers • Any household item (such as toasters, cooking pots or pans, etc.)
By both state and local law, all Upper Chichester Township businesses are required by Ordinance 494 to recycle and must arrange for their own recycling pickup. The list of materials required to be recycled may be found above in the Residential Recycling Collection. Commercial landlords who provide waste pick-up for their tenants must also provide recycling pick-up. Businesses are required to state annually how their recycling is collected. Businesses that do not recycle are subject to fines.
Electronics such as televisions, computers, cell phones, video game consoles, DVD players, etc., include toxic chemicals on their motherboards and pose a threat when sent to landfills. These items can be safely discarded by calling Retrievr at (757) 703-3824. Not only are these items harmful if placed in the trash, it is also illegal to throw these items away in the regular trash or recycle bins.
Hazardous Waste Collection
Upper Chichester Township is not permitted to collect hazardous waste. Throughout the year, Delaware County organizes several Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events, which allows residents an opportunity to rid of household hazardous waste at no charge. Residents must Pre-Register for events by calling the County at (610) 892-9627 or by visiting them on the web at delcohhw.eventbrite.com.
The Township provides the opportunity for residents to safely discard old, unused documents in a safe manner at Township sponsored Shredding Events throughout the year. Please refer to the Township Trash Calendar for scheduled events.
Starting late October through early December leaves will be collected every week on your regular designated recycle day. Please refer to the trash calendar for start and end dates. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable bags and separate from your trash & recyclables. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected. Residents are asked to please refrain from blowing leaves into the streets. This will minimize the buildup of leaves in the Township storm drains which can cause flooding and create an unsafe condition for the community.
Yard Waste Collection
Yardwaste will be collected on your regular designated trash day throughout the year.
Branches can be bundled and tied into 4’ sections or placed in container or paper biodegradable bags. This collection must be scheduled and be done so by completing the Branch Collection Form.
Christmas Tree Collection
Homeowners can place their trees at the curb for removal on their recycle day during the first two weeks of January. All trees must be free of lights, tinsel, stands, and decorations. Please refer to the Township Trash Calendar for dates.
Fill out the form to arrange for branch and twig pickup. Please note the following:
- Bundle and tie into 4' sections
- or, place in container or paper biodegradable bags