Trash & Recycling
J.P. Mascaro Telephone Number 1 (800)
Upper Southampton Township
Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste Regulations
TRASH, RECYCLING AND YARD WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULES:
Regular household trash is collected on Fridays (except
Recycling is collected on Fridays (except holidays)
Yard Waste is collected on Mondays (except holidays)
Holiday Collection Schedule:
There are six holidays during the year that change your
collection day, which are New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence
Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. When a
holiday occurs on a Monday, Yard waste will be collected on
Tuesday. When a holiday occurs on Monday through Friday,
trash and recycling will be collected on Saturday.
- Residential trash is collected on Fridays (exept holidays)
- Normal residential trash must be placed in a suitable container
with a tight fitting lid and handles, is watertight and animal
proof, and is able to be carried easily by the collector.
Containers shall not be less than 20 gallons or more than 35
gallons in capacity, and weigh less than 50 pounds when full.
- A maximum of 12 containers of trash will be collected each
- Latex (water-based) paint may be placed in the trash for
regular collection. Please allow the unused paint to harden to
prevent it from spilling onto the street during collection.
- Federal regulations require the removal of refrigerants from
refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers prior
to disposal. All items containing refrigerants will be collected by
appointment only, separate from regular trash collection. Please
contact J.P. Mascaro & Son at (800) 432-1616 to schedule
pickup. Completely remove refrigerator and freezer doors to prevent
small children from becoming trapped inside. Doors are collected on
Fridays with regular trash.
- State law prohibits the disposal of covered electronic devices
at landfills or incinerators. Electronic devices includes
desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, computer
peripherals and televisions. These items will not be
collected by the hauler. Each resident is responsible for the
proper disposal of these items. For more information on how
to properly dispose of these items,
- All other bulk items, such as furniture, appliances, and carpet
are collected on Fridays along with the regular trash. Carpets must
be cut to lengths of three (3) feet or less and tied in manageable
bundles. Bulk items are limited to one item per week, except
carpet, which is limited to 10 bundles per week.
- Trash may not be placed at the curb for collection before 6:00
p.m. on the evening proceeding a collection day. Empty containers
must be removed from the curb by 10:00 p.m. of the day of the
collection. All collections may occur as early as 6:00 a.m., so
residents are advised to plan accordingly. Do not put trash
in front of a mailbox.
- The hauler is not responsible for the removal of building
materials, automobiles, automobile parts, tree stumps, demolition
materials, concrete, dirt, tires, and household hazardous wastes
(such as oil-based paints and solvents, pool chemicals, pesticides,
etc.). Each resident is responsible for the proper disposal of
- For questions or problems, call the Township at 215-322-9700,
- Recyclable materials are collected on Fridays (except
- Recyclable materials include newspapers and magazines, glass
bottles and jars (all colors), food and beverage cans (aluminum,
steel and bimetal), plastic bottles and jars (numbered 1 - 7 on
bottom of container), cardboard, pressed paperboard (cereal boxes,
pizza boxes, shoe boxes , etc), junk mail, office paper, computer
paper, shredded paper.
- All recyclable materials are to be placed together in the green
recycling cart provided by the Township. You may use
additional containers, if necessary, for recycling. If you
use another container that is not identified for recycling, please
place a recycling sticker (available free of charge from the
Township) on the container. There is no limit on the amount
of recyclable materials collected.
- Please keep the recyclable materials and trash three feet apart
at the curb or street line and do not place in front of
UNACCEPTABLE RECYCLING MATERIALS: It is very
important that your recycling does not include unacceptable
recycling materials. Below is a list of items that must NOT
go into the recycling cart:
- Plastic bags or materials in plastic bags
- Light bulbs
- Mirrors, window or auto glass, porcelain, ceramics, glass
cookware and bake ware, microwave oven trays, drinking glasses,
- Wood and yard waste
- Un-numbered plastic containers
- Coat hangers and wire
- Household items such as toasters, electronics, appliances,
- Hazardous or toxic substances, Items containing or having
debris and residue containing hazardous or toxic substances such as
paint cans with wet paint, motor oil containers, gasoline cans,
glue, and petroleum products.
- Aerosol cans.
- Scrap Metal
- Books or Toys
- "Covered Electronic Devices" - including desktop and laptop
computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and
- Yard waste is collected on Mondays during the yard waste
collection program, which runs from April 1 to December 15 and the
third Monday in January. There is no limit on the amount of
yard waste collected. If a holiday occurs on Monday, yard
waste will be collected on Tuesday.
- State regulations prohibit the disposal of yard waste at
landfills or incinerators. Therefore, yard waste will not be
collected with normal residential trash from December 15 through
March 31. Residents may compost or mulch their yard waste
during this period. For a processing fee, residents may also
deliver their yard waste to the Tullytown Compost facility located
at 1121 Bordentown Road, Morrisville, PA 19067.
- Yard waste, which includes grass clippings, leaves, plants,
twigs and tree branches, may be placed in 30 gallon biodegradable
paper bags or in regular trash cans. Residents
may not use cardboard boxes or plastic bags, as these will not be
accepted at the compost facility.
Who Must Recycle?
Commercial, industrial and institutional establishments, such as
retail stores, restaurants, offices, schools, nursing and assisted
living facilities, rehabilitation centers, warehouses, hospitals
and churches are required to create and operate reycling
What Must be Recycled?
The law requires the following items be recycled by Commercial,
Industrial, and Institutional Entities:
- Corrugated paper
- Leaf waste including leaves, shrubbery, branches and similar
Materials should be stored seperately until picked up.
Businesses are required to handle and arrange their own waste and
State law mandates businesses to recycle. This law has been in
effect since 1988. There are also economic and environmental
resons. Why send something to a landfill if it can be reused?
Recycling saves money and resources, and reduces disposal costs.
Reducing trash lowers disposal costs. There are companies that
purchase recyclable material.
How TO Start A Recycling PROGRAM:
A Successful Program Needs:
- Top level management support...the success of your recycling
program hinges upon the endorsement of senior management. Their
possitive support promotes a similar attitude among the
establishment's employees and customers. Also, reycling programs
often require initial outlays of capital.
- A coordinator...a person in charge of developing, managing, and
enforcing the program, who is responsible for its success and who
others may contact with questions.
- A task force...To assist the coordinator in developing the
initial program. Custodial staff, administrative staff, and
educators should be included.
- A waste audit...To determine who's throwing away what and how
much is being trashed. Reduction and reuse should also be
- A market investigation....To determine where your recyclable
materials can be processed. Most waste haulers offer collection of
recyclables. Some companies buy recyclable material.
- A convenient collection system...With attractive, easy to use
containers, near the action...next to the computer and soda
machine...or a central storage area. Personnel are needed to
collect and record information on how much of what is being
- A review of procurement policies ....To determine if other
products can be subsituted for current supplies that are recyclable
and/or made of recycled materials. Perhaps currrent buying
practices can be revised.
- An education program....To inform staff about the program,
program goals, the value of waste reduction and recycling, and
periodically encourage people to continue recycling. Remind them
they're doing the right thing to help themselves, their community
and the environment.