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First, it’s good for the environment. Reducing environmental impact is a core value of our residents [and your customers]. Additionally, the Media Borough ordinance has required businesses to recycle since 1987. (Borough Code 241-37)
Conversations with trash haulers indicate that adding recycling should not add much to your bill. If your hauler wants to significantly increase your bill to add recycling don't be shy about negotiating the price - or find another hauler - or partner with other businesses.
Yes. That is the law. It will not take much to include recycling in your operating procedures.
Post the list where it can be easily seen. Provide a recycling bin next to each trash bin. Make employees aware of the recycling requirements. Please view the list on the Media Borough Business Recycling Poster (PDF).
Other businesses in Media have found that it takes only a little effort to meet the requirements of Media Borough’s recycling ordinance.
Make copies of the Media Borough Business Recycling Poster (PDF), give it to each employee, and post them in each office. Provide a labeled recycling bin of equal size next to each waste basket in your office. Contact your trash hauler to add recycling pick-up.
Other businesses have made arrangements to share a dumpster. Many hauler trucks are equipped to work with 96-gallon Toters - large, lidded plastic bins on wheels. They can squeeze into small spaces and larger businesses can use two or three.
All haulers operating in Media are required to provide recycling for all of their Media clients.
No appointment is needed. Simply place your tree where your trash is normally picked up and the Public Works Department will be along to remove it.
The Public Works Department picks up trees five days a week throughout the month of January.
There is no set schedule for the Christmas tree schedule. They are picked up all throughout January.
Click HERE for a fee schedule that can be downloaded.
Yes, however, we ask you to refrain from using tape on the walls. Absolutely no glitter, sparkles, or confetti.
Yes, we provide the tables and chairs and set the room up to your specifications. You may not use your own tables and chairs.
No, we only provide tables and chairs.
Yes, alcohol can be served, however, it cannot be sold.
Yes. If a caterer will be cooking on premises then additional insurance and information are needed from the caterer. If the caterer is only using sternos to keep the food warm, then this information is not needed.
Depending on availability, any time between 8 am to Midnight.
Yes, a certificate of liability for a minimum of $100,000 naming Media Borough as additional insured is required. You should contact your homeowner's insurance agent or an event insurance company.
10% of the rental fee is required to hold the date. A $500 security deposit and a $250 cleaning deposit are required.
Public Works picks up your compostables on Wednesdays and takes them to Kitchen Harvest's on-farm composting site at Linvilla Orchards, just 3.5 miles from Media Borough, where they turn it into compost. Nature does most of the work, but they carefully monitor its progress and turn it in as needed. The finished, screened bulk compost is spread at Linvilla and sold to local residents, businesses and schools. Kitchen Harvest has a video of their process on the Kitchen Harvest website, and find more information on the Kitchen Harvest Facebook page.
The pickup empties your bucket into the Borough compost truck each week. You can rinse your empty bucket out with a hose. You can also line it with a paper grocery bag if you wish. Most people keep a small (2-quart or so) container at their sink and empty it into the yellow program bucket, which they leave outside. Smells are not noticeable if you empty your indoor container on a daily basis. Your inside container should have a tight lid to prevent fruit flies in the summer.
Absolutely! No silly questions! Public Works starts collecting early in the morning. We ask that you have your bucket out on the street by 6 am Many people put their buckets out the night before.
No. They do not have time to. Use a paper bag as a liner instead.
Screw top lids rule!
Some participants have found success using a Screw Top Bucket Lid, available from the Home Depot website and other places.
As long as it is in a bucket.
Yes! Curbside Compost includes both yard waste and food scraps. We ask that you put your yard waste in a recycled paper yard waste bag (available at Deals and other hardware-type stores). Please do not overfill yard bags. Do not use plastic trash bags or plastic bag liners for yard waste. Sticks / branches are accepted provided they are no wider than four inches in diameter and no longer than four feet. Sticks / branches larger than 2 inches in diameter cannot be placed inside the bags and must be bundled separately.
Flies and bugs may increase in the summer for some people. Tips: Keep the lid on at all times. Keep the contents as cool and dry as possible. Store the bucket outside in a shady place. Occasionally add shredded paper or dry yard waste. Line the bucket with a paper grocery bag. Rinse out the bucket every week after Public Works empties it.
Please look at the following link, which lists the food scraps acceptable in the program on the What Can I Compost page.
A small amount of dairy is fine. Thanks for asking first!
Yes, spent potting soil is fine.
Yes, pits and seeds (peach, avocado, olive, etc.) are fine. Not all composting is the same. Our compost naturally gets to very high temperatures for long periods of time making seeds in the pile not viable. Everything gets broken down. Backyard piles normally can't achieve this which is likely why you thought you couldn't put them in. Again, not all composting methods, maintenance and mixes are the same, so thanks for asking first!
Yes, throw those seeds in the bucket! They are fine.
Let's go with all paper or compostable tea bags and coffee filters that are acceptable for our composting method regardless of color or bleach. If you don't think it will rot or you see plastic-like material, then no thank you. (Consider switching to unbleached and non-plastic beverage materials).
Yes, you can compost plain white paper napkins and paper towels in small quantities if they are soiled with food and cannot go into recycling. But if they are not soiled, best to do it through the regular recycling program.
Our compost farm loves pizza boxes. The more the merrier. Don’t try to cram them into your yellow bucket, though. You can either stack them next to your bucket or put them in your yard waste bag.
Nut cheese, if it is entirely plant-based, is fine.
Yes. Tofu is permissible.
Yes, in small amounts.
Yes, but real cork only.
Compostable takeout containers are fine for collection. Break them up if you need to for space in the bucket, but otherwise, it is not necessary.
Bread can have pb&j on it. Mayo and other oils are also ok.
Sure, but no wrappers.
Yes (but no wrappers)!
Yes, they are fine.
Already on their way to being composted. Absolutely!
Yes, it is fine for our composting. The high-temperature compost process used at Kitchen Harvest would kill any possible E. coli present.
Thank you! We appreciate folks trying to peel off the plastic ones. Shiny paper one's compost okay. But, yes, we do occasionally end up with a few stickers here and there in our finished compost because they are small enough to get through our screen too.
Yes, hair is okay.
Yes, but not the floral foam.
Yes, you can. Thanks for asking first!
One hundred % cotton and cardboard Q-tips and cotton balls can be tossed into your compost bin and will get broken down by microorganisms and bacteria just like everything else.
Yes. If it says 100% biodegradable or compostable, it is okay with Kitchen Harvest.
Trader Joe's says their Pop-Up Sponges are compostable. For other sponges, if they are really cellulose - i.e., made from wood pulp, they are fine. But If you are not sure, don't throw them in.
If the box says they are fully compostable, then yes, they are fine.
In 2021, the Media Borough Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) began researching a single-use plastic bag and straw ordinance to recommend to Borough Council. They looked at similar ordinances elsewhere, talked with representatives from Penn Environment and Clean Air Council, and sponsored a Zoom meeting with other Delaware County EAC's. They reached out to the Media Business Authority (MBA) for feedback and began a conversation with Borough Council members about an ordinance. In April 2022, the EAC and MBA held a focus group and an information session for local business and restaurants.
Any single-use plastic straw or drink stirrer provided by a business with beverages, including but not limited to coffee, cocktails, fountain sodas and juices. It does not include packaged beverages prepared and packaged outside of the Borough.
Reusable bags are the best choice: No bag option is without impact. The goal is to reduce waste by encouraging customers to bring their reusable bags.
A minimum $0.10 bag fee or more may be retained by businesses if they choose. The purpose of the fee is twofold: it supports businesses by off-setting the added cost of paper bags and secondly it encourages consumers to bring their own bag, which is the goal of this ordinance.
Once enforcement of the ordinance begins on July 1, 2023, a Commercial Establishment that violates or fails to comply with any of the ordinance requirements will receive an initial written warning notice. Further violations will entail fines as follows:
Yes! Media Borough is developing a sustainability incentive program to recognize our local businesses that go above and beyond to reduce waste and improve sustainability. Stay tuned for more details.
Media Borough is developing resources and marketing materials that will be made available online and distributed in print to educate the community and support businesses throughout implementation.
You can reduce your plastic use in many other ways:
The more of these habits you learn, the more ways you'll find to keep reducing single-use plastics from your life! The planet will thank you!
Bulk trash pickup occurs on the last Wednesday of each month. Residents are entitiled to one free pick up per year. Additional pickups are $30 each. Pickups on days other than the last Wednesday of the month can be arranged by calling 610-566-5210 x249 and are $30. To schedule call 610-566-5210 x249.
General Parking Permits and Residential Parking Permits can be purchased online only at mediaborough.cmrpay.com
Residential Parking permits can be applied for if you reside on a street that is designated a residential parking area as identified in the Borough Code Chapter 211. Details on applying for a Residential Parking Permit can be found on the borough website.
Residential Parking Stickers are not available online and can be purchased at Borough Hall during regular business hours.
The building permit applications for the Borough of Media can be found on the Permits page.
Find more information on when a permit is required.
Trash is collected twice weekly.
Place trash curbside after 6 pm the night before collection; bring containers in by 9 pm collection day.
For a complete list of upcoming Media Borough recreation events, please visit the Borough Calendar.
Certificate of Occupancy Application (PDF)
Certificate of Occupancy Procedures (PDF)
Certificate of Occupancy Criteria (PDF)
Inspections - Call 610-566-5210 ext 249 to schedule Certificate of Occupancy inspections
Ordinance 723 of the Borough of Media requires the Code Enforcement Department to compile a list of all tenants that rent or lease property from landlords or property managers. Furthermore, all tenant changes during the year must also be reported to the Borough.
If you have any questions, please contact Media Borough at 610-566-5210, ext. 249 or visit the Code Enforcement page of the website.