Posted May 3rd, 2013 by PWb10g
For anyone who watches the 10 o’clock news on Fox 43, you may have already viewed our recycling tips that have been running on Tuesday’s airing. Beginning in April and lasting through December, Penn Waste will be bringing you useful tips for recycling and help to Get Green. There have already been two tips that have aired, but if you weren’t able to catch them, don’t worry! They are available for you to view on our youtube page and the individual videos will be posted in the blog post below. On this page you will find many other informative videos brought to you by Penn Waste. Aside from this resource, feel free to check out our website. There is countless information located here, so be sure to take some time to look through some of it.
Our first placement features facts like we accept unlimited amounts of recycling. As long as in a bin labeled as recycling or in a clear plastic bag, we will pick it up! For more information, check out the video!
Our second feature dives further into our single stream recycling facility. To learn more about how it works, check it out here.
Thank you for taking the time to learn how to recycle more and create a green community together.
Posted March 27th, 2013 by PWb10g
It’s time to get back into our review of various recycling apps for your phones and tablets. For this post we are looking at a game: Recycle Hero. This app is available on the App Store for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It is available for $0.99 or you can download a free version, which has ads that come on screen during game play. The app is developed by Blinker Studios and is a fun-filled way to learn more about different ways to recycle and compost.
The mission behind the game is to save the planet by recycling instead of throwing your garbage away. You have opened a recycling facility and are receiving all the paper, plastic, glass, metal and compost that you can get. It all depends on you to succeed in saving the world through recycling or fail and cause turmoil for many future generations.
There are two mode of gameplay for this app: Quick Play and Progress Mode. Quick Play is more of a cut and dry, sort the material as it comes to you. You lose quick play mode when you miss ten items. Progress Mode has more factors involved in the gameplay. At the beginning of this mode, you are in a start-up recycling company and you are moving at a slower pace, not collecting all of the types of recyclables available. As you grow your recycling company, you have more money to purchase different equipment and add-ons that can make your company work more efficiently. Although it may be difficult at first, this mode really teaches which items belong in which category and what can be composted.
Although it is much more of a fun and lighthearted game, this app can teach anyone about recycling and the importance of it to our planet. If you are looking for a game that is also informative, Recycle Hero is definitely an app that should be of interest.
Posted March 5th, 2013 by PWb10g
Perhaps some of our customers did not know that aerosol cans are recyclable. Aerosol cans may be placed in your recycling bins if they are empty. Although they may not be the first thing that you would think to throw in your recycling bin, they are made steel or aluminum, both of which are recyclable.
Aerosol cans are used for everyday product such as hairspray, shaving cream, spray paint and disinfectants. While most cans are made out of steel, about 10 percent of cans are made out of aluminum. As stated before, both are recyclable so don’t hesitate to throw them in your recycling bin.
Here are some more facts about aerosol cans that you may not have known before:
- More than 3 billion steel aerosol cans are made in the United States annually.
- About 19 billion steel containers are recycled and turned into new products each year.
- Recycling one ton of steel saves about 2.5 tons of iron ore, 1 ton of coal and 40 pounds of limestone.
- Steel containers take about 80 to 100 years to decompose.
For more information on these facts and more on aerosol cans, please check out this article from earth911.com. If you are interested in seeing how long it takes for other common household products to decompose, please check out our previous blog post: How Long Does It Take? If you have any other questions on recycling or trash services, please visit Penn Waste’s Website.
Posted February 26th, 2013 by PWb10g
In a digital age, the phrase “there’s an app for that” rings true for any question or interest you may have. There are thousands of apps that cater to almost every facet of our lives. Not to be left out, recycling has created a niche in the app community and these apps can appeal to all audiences. Not only are there informative apps, there are also games for kids (or adults) to play, teaching its audience what items are recyclable. Over the next few weeks, we will be taking a look at different recycling apps and will highlight some of them on this blog. Please be sure to chek back for more updates.
One app that was extremely helpful was the iRecycle app. This app is published by Earth911.com and covers a wide range of information on recycling. One of the problems that many people have when it comes to recycling is determining what is recyclable and where it should be recycled. Many of you know what can be recycled through our curbside program (and if not, please check out our recycling guidelines), but what about all of the other materials that you think can still be recycled? What do you do with the material that you are unsure of? The iRecycle app is the place to look for those questions and more.
The iRecycle app breaks recyclables into categories. Aside from the items we accept curbside, such as paper and plastic, there are other categories such as automotive, batteries and construction. In each category, you can find any specific item that you may be trying to dispose of and find where the item can be accepted near you. There is a great amount of information in this app, and the best part about it: it’s free! Take some time to look into the app, there are plenty of items listed that are recyclable that you may have never thought of and it gives you the correct information to recycle them.
The bottom line with this app: there is a lot of valuable information, providing hours of research and helpful information to better our planet. If for nothing else, get this app because you can learn more about what items may be recyclable. It will never hurt to learn new items and ways to recycle everyday objects that could take up space in landfills around the nation. This app is ideal to find a specific item that you are interested in recycling.
Posted February 7th, 2013 by PWb10g
You may not realize it, but on the average day we dispose of a lot of waste. In fact, per day each person can produce up to 4.43 pounds of waste! Each item you throw away can range from weeks to a century to decompose completely, filling up landfills and really causing a negative impact on our planet. If you haven’t seen this graphic yet, be sure to look into it and find out how long some of these daily objects take to decompose. This information can really help get a grasp on how imperative it is to find other means of disposing of our waste other than putting it in a landfill.
So what can you do to help reduce your contribution to the growing landfills and reduce your carbon foot print? Some of the items on the list above can be recycled curbside and brought right here to Penn Waste. Items like paper bags, newspapers and cardboard, which can take anywhere from one to two months, can be placed in your recycling bin and sent to our single stream recycling facility with minimal effort. Aside from that tinned steel cans, which can take up to 50 years to decompose may also be sent to Penn Waste via your curbside recycling.
As part of our single stream recycling program, all of the recyclables mentioned in our recycling guidelines may be placed in your recycling bin. Plastic bottles and containers which can take up to 450 years to decompose may be placed in your recycling bin as well. Aluminum cans such as soda cans may take up to 500 years to decompose or you could place it at your curb in its bin and we can recycle the material for you!
What about the food you ate? There is waste that comes from every part of your meal. For many fruits, vegetables, as well as other food waste, there is a viable option to dispose of these scraps. Composting is a great option to prevent more waste in landfills. We’ve already done a post on composting, so be sure to check it out here.
If there is one thing that you can take away from this post, it is to be mindful of what it is you are throwing out. Many of the material can take years, decades or even centuries to decompose. There are always options that can help our planet with sustainability and reduce the amount of pollution. Please consider increasing your recycling, composting and reducing the amount of waste placed in your trash can.
Posted December 20th, 2012 by PWb10g
Penn Waste donates turkeys to two local food banks
York, PA – 12/18/2012 – Penn Waste, a locally-owned and operated company providing residential and commercial waste removal and recycling services in South Central Pennsylvania, has donated 22 turkeys to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and 24 turkeys to the York County Food Bank in downtown York – just in time to for the holiday season. The York County Food Bank has reportedly not seen an increase in donations since last year; however, families in need have increased by 10% for a total of 7,000 York County residents.
“Our Sales Team approached me in October with the idea of donating a turkey for every new sale they received in November. I thought it was a great idea,” said Scott Wagner, President of Penn Waste. “As a company, we’ve always made it a priority to give back in the communities we service. It’s great to see that principle being reinforced by our employees. “
Wagner purchased the 46 turkeys from one of his customers, and locally-owned and operated company, Saubel’s Market in Shrewsbury, PA.
“It’s important to me to support other locally-owned and operated companies as often as possible. Local businesses give on average 250% more to non-profit organizations than nationally-owned companies do. Buying locally is an essential part of maintaining our local economies and keeping our communities vibrant,” said Wagner.
For more information on how you can help the York County Food Bank, please visit http://www.yorkfoodbank.org/. Donations can be dropped off at the food bank located on W. Princess Street in York, Monday through Friday from 8am-3pm.
About Penn Waste
Penn Waste is a locally-owned and operated company providing premier residential and commercial waste removal and recycling services to the South Central Pennsylvania region since 2000. Founder, Scott Wagner, has more than 25 years experience in the waste industry and leads a team of more than 300 dedicated and driven individuals who are committed to providing safe, dependable and courteous service to each and every home and business served. Penn Waste is recognized for its substantial growth over the last 12 years, operating a fleet of more than 100 waste removal and recycling collection trucks that offer the latest in safety equipment and serving over 150,000 customers in 66 municipalities in the counties of York, Lancaster, Adams, Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry. The waste collected from Penn Waste customers is used to create clean, green energy, fueling local waste to energy sites to support a better future. For more information about Penn Waste, please visit www.PennWaste.com, Twitter @PennWaste, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/PennWaste.
Posted November 16th, 2012 by PWb10g
Thanksgiving Day Holiday Collection Schedule:
RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS: Due to the Thanksgiving Day Holiday, all regular Thursday and Friday trash and recycling collections will be delayed one (1) day. Thursday customers will be collected on Friday. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday. All collections on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be picked up on the regularly scheduled day.
***Exceptions to this rule are as follows:***
City of York: All curbside collections (Trash and scheduled large items) for Thursday and Friday will be delayed by 1 day. (For this week only, All Thursday collections bump to Friday, All Friday collections bump to Saturday.) For specific questions, contact the Public Works office at 849-2245.
Penn Waste wishes all of our customers a safe and happy holiday.
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Posted October 3rd, 2012 by PWb10g
Starting January 24, 2013, residents and businesses may no longer place their electronic waste out at the curb or throw it in their trash. Due to the Covered Devices Recycling Act, Penn Waste will not be allowed to collect your electronic waste.
Covered devices include: desktop computers, laptops, monitors, computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer and speakers), televisions and e-readers that browse the internet.
CLICK HERE to find out where you can properly recycle your electronic waste. An additional list of Manufacturer Collection Sites can be found here.
Posted August 29th, 2012 by PWb10g
Due to the Labor Day Holiday, all regular Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one (1) day. Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday. Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday and so on for the remainder of the week through Saturday.
***Exceptions to this rule are as follows:***
City of York: All curbside collections (Recycling, Trash, Yard Waste and Scheduled Large Items) for Monday through Friday will be delayed by 1 day. (For this week only, All Monday collections bump to Tuesday, All Tuesday collections bump to Wednesday, All Thursday collections bump to Friday and All Friday collections bump to Saturday. For specific questions, contact the Public Works office at 849-2245.
Newberry Township: Yard Waste collection will be on Saturday, 9/15/11 due to the holiday.
Posted August 14th, 2012 by PWb10g
Cardboard comes in all shapes and sizes. We ask all of our customers to please flatten and bundle their cardboard before sitting it out for our team members to collect.
Most people think of shipping boxes when they hear the word “cardboard.” However, cardboard is so much more than just boxes!
For example, the cardboard found on the inside of paper towel and toilet paper rolls is recyclable. The cardboard packaging that your garbage bags comes in, the cardboard around your new golf balls, the cardboard around your new tube of tooth paste, and even tissue boxes, are all considered CARDBOARD!
Aside from cardboard, Penn Waste accepts paperboard and paper products as part of the recyclables we collect. For example, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, newspaper inserts, and envelopes are all considered recyclables.
Recyclables are no longer just aluminum cans and plastic soda bottles. For a full list of what Penn Waste does and does not accept, please check out our recycle guidelines!
To watch a quick video about recycling cardboard, please click on the link below!