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“If you take out a trash can, you should be taking out a recycling barrel.”


Single Stream Recycling

residential recycling.   Single Stream refers to a system in which paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and metals are mixed in a collection truck, instead of being sorted into separate commodities by the resident and handled separately throughout the collection process. In single stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully commingled mixture of recyclables, with materials being separated for reuse at a materials recovery facility.  J.P. Mascaro is our current recycling contractor.  The Mascaro trucks that empty your bins take your recycling to the Great Valley Recycling Facility in Bridgeport, PA for single stream processing.

Residential Recycling in Media

Media Borough recycles weekly. The west side of the Borough (everyone west of Jackson Street) is collected on Tuesdays. The east side of the Borough (everyone east of Jackson Street) is collected on Thursdays. If collection falls on New Year's Day, Independence Day or Christmas, the Recycling will be collected the following day.

***DO NOT RECYCLE: Packing material, Mirrors, window or auto glass, light bulbs, ceramics, oil or antifreeze containers, plastic bags, coat hangers paint cans, hard cover books or any household item (such as toasters, cooking pots or pans, etc.)***

Where to Recycle
Please place recycling container at your curbside. If you do not have a recycling container or need an additional one, you may purchase one for $5.00 at the Media Borough office, second floor, Borough Hall. If you miss a curbside collection, you can also take recyclables to the Media Borough Recycling Drop-off Centers at the Media Borough Municipal Garage off of Brooke Street and at Rose Tree Park.

What to Recycle

  • Glass bottles and jars (clear, green and brown)—rinse thoroughly; remove lids and neck bands
  • Metal food and beverage cans (aluminum, tin, steel, bimetallic—soda, beer, pet food, soup, coffee cans, foil and foil pie tins etc.)—rinsed
  • All plastics with triangle symbols #1 through #7 (including Styrofoam)—rinsed
  • Paper (newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, soft cover books, old telephone books, paper bags, food boxes and office paper)
  • Cardboard (corrugated and non-corrugated), including pizza boxes and milk cartons
  • Aseptic packaging/Tetrapak (juice boxes, etc.)--rinsed
  • Shredded paper may be placed in a clear plastic bag and set out next to your recycling bin.

How to Recycle
Recyclables are commingled in the recycling container.
--Glass containers-remove lids and caps. Labels are okay. Rinse and place in recycling container.
--Metal containers-rinse and drain. Place in recycling container.
--Plastic containers-remove lids. Labels are okay. Rinse, place in recycling container. Flatten to save space.

Recycling FAQs

Q: Why do I not sort my recyclables, and why do they go into one trash truck?
A: We do not have to sort our recycling because J. P. Mascaro, the Borough's recycling hauler, uses "single stream" recycling where all materials are put in the same truck and then sorted at the recycling station. Single stream recycling goes into one container making it is easier for residents to collect.

Q: How is single stream recycling processed?
A: Our materials are taken to a recycling facility where they are sorted by different state of the art recycling machines and sold to various industries to be made into new products.

To keep the recycling process strong it is important to purchase products that are made from recycled materials. The Media Borough office uses recycled office paper and purchases other recycled office products whenever possible.

Q: How successful is Media's recycling program?
A: Approximately 70% of Borough residents recycle. This is an excellent rate of recycling. In 2009 this amounted to 509 tons, not including recycled yard waste. Reported commercial recycling in 2009 was 1,428 tons. Residential and commercial recycling have both steadily risen since 2002; residential has seen a 50% increase in that time and commercial reported recycling, 80%.

It is important that we continue to increase our recycling. Studies have shown that most households and businesses could double the recycling they now put out for collection. Recycling improves our overall environment and offers many other benefits.

Q: What are the benefits of recycling?
A: Recycling benefits our whole community in many ways. It pulls materials out of the waste stream and reuses them, thus decreasing pollution and lowering our carbon footprint. We also benefit financially; through PA DEP's 904 Municipal Recycling Program Performance Grant program the Borough is reimbursed around $20,000 per year. This reimbursement supports our recycling program, keeping taxpayer cost lower.  The more we recycle, the more we profit.

If you have questions about recycling in Media, please contact the Borough at 610-566-5210.

Household Hazardous Waste

Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule

Other Recycling Options

Recycle Your Car:

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Delaware County Solid Waste Authority, Rose Tree Park – Hunt Club, 1521 N. Providence Road (Route #252), Media. 
  • Any Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events (see
  • Home Depot or Lowes stores

Batteries—Ni-Cad, Rechargeable and Lithium:

  • Most Radio Shacks, Target, Lowes, and Home Depot stores

Cell Phones:

  • Delaware County libraries
  • Delaware County Solid Waste Authority, Rose Tree Park – Hunt Club, 1521 N. Providence Road (Route #252), Media. 
  • Any Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events (see


  • The website,, offers a comprehensive directory of local recycling and proper disposal options for a variety of materials, including hard-to-recycle items such as fluorescent tubes. It also features an online newsletter with articles on recycling and other environmental topics.

Licensed Commercial Haulers Listed

Commercial haulers are required to obtain a license to operate in Media Borough (no fee is charged). Haulers must provide recycling to clients in order to obtain a license. A list of commercial trash and recycling haulers that are currently licensed to operate in Media Borough is now posted on the Media Borough website. Please use the link below for the list.

If you are a hauler not listed here, but feel you should be, please call the Recycling Coordinator at Media Borough Offices, 610-566-5210, ext. 239.

If you are a Media business and wish to contract with a hauler not listed here, please have the hauler contact the Recycling Coordinator at 610-566-5210, ext. 239.