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

 

Single Stream Recycling

Recycling in Media Borough is “Single Stream.”  All the different recycled materials are collected mixed together by our recycling contractor, J.P. Mascaro.  In single stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully mingled mixture of recyclables, with materials being sorted later for reuse at the ReCommunity Recycling facility.

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.

All recyclables go in the bright green 32 gallon-sized Media Borough recycling container.  Please place recycling containers at your curbside.

Where to Recycle: Place the green Media Borough recycling bin at your curbside.

If You Miss a Curbside Collection:  Glass, cans and plastic bottles may be taken to the recycling drop-off igloos located at Rose Tree Park and the Media Highway Department Garage off Brooke Street.  The recyclables do not need to be sorted.  Paper is collected at Abitibi dumpsters at Media schools and other locations (see http://www.paperretriever.com/form/search_us.asp?ID=267 ).  If you have questions about recycling in Media: Please contact the Borough at 610-566-5210, ext. 239.

Extra Green Recycling Bins Available: If you find you are recycling more than 32 gallons worth of recycling each week (as many of your neighbors do), or if you do not have a recycling bin, stop by the Media Borough Offices, second floor, Media Borough Hall 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to pick one up.  The bins cost $5.00 (free for new residents).  

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.

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.)***

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.

Other Recycling Options:

Recycle Your Car:

The Car Donation Wizard website will connect with any one of a long list of not-for- profit charities that accept cars as donated contributions.  All donations are tax deductible.  Go to http://www.cardonationwizard.com/state/37/car-donation-pennsylvania.html.  

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  www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html)
  • Home Depot or Lowes stores

Batteries:

  • Radio Shacks—rechargeable batteries only
  • Target – all batteries: alkaline, rechargeable, lithium
  • Lowes- all batteries: alkaline, rechargeable, lithium
  • Home Depot stores—rechargeable tool batteries only

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  www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html)
  • Media Elementary School

Televisions, Computers and other Electronics:

  • Staples (computers only)
  • Best Buy (no TVs over 32 inches)
  • Goodwill
  • Salvation Army

NO TVs or COMPUTERS in BOROUGH TRASH OR BULK PICK UP

Earth911.com

The website, www.Earth911.com, 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.

Hazardous Household Waste Collection

The Delaware County Solid Waste Authority collects Hazardous Household Waste four times a year, running from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each event.  See their website at http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html for more information.   

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 facility. 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 state of the art recycling equipment 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 2014 this amounted to 672 tons, not including recycled yard waste. Reported commercial recycling in 2014 was 1,147 tons. Residential and commercial recycling have both risen over the last 10 years, with residential seeing a 76% increase in that time.  Commercial has only seen a 27% increase, but with the Borough's updated 2014 Recycling Ordinance and enforcement policy we expect to see a greater increase in the next few years.

 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 $20,000-$30,000 per year. This reimbursement supports our recycling program, and keeps taxpayer costs down.   more we recycle, the more we profit.

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

Business Recycling

By both state and local law, all Media businesses are required to recycle and must arrange for their own recycling pickup. 
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 report full recycling are given a “Media Recycles” window decal for that year.  When you see the decal, please thank the business for doing their part to keep Media green now and for future generations.  If you do not see the decal, ask why not.

Apartment Recycling

Apartment buildings in Media Borough are required by state law and local ordinance to recycle.  The Borough will collect recycling at any rental apartment building with 4 dwelling units or less.  If you live in such an apartment building and are not currently recycling please stop by the Borough offices and pick up a green Media recycling bin.  See above for the Media Borough recycling schedule or check the Media Borough website: http://www.mediaborough.com/publicworks/recycling-and-waste.

If you live in an apartment of 5 dwelling units or more and your landlord does not offer recycling, please request that your landlord provide that service. If recycling is still not provided please contact the Borough at 610-566-5210. 

Until recycling is established at your apartment, you may take recyclables to the drop-off Igloos located at Rose Tree Park and the Media Highway Department Garage off Brooke Street.  The Igloos accept glass, cans and plastic bottles, and you do not need to sort.  You may recycle paper at the Abitibi dumpsters at Media schools and other locations (http://www.paperretriever.com/form/search_us.asp?ID=267 ).  Thank you for your recycling efforts!

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.