IMPORTANT! Don't throw non-recyclable items in your recycling cart because that will taint the entire recycling stream, jeopardizing the usability of recycled materials throughout the supply chain.  Click the ReCommunity fliers below for handy reminders about what can and cannot be recycled in the Township's curbside collection program.

Dirty Dozen - What NOT to Recycle

ReCommunity Flier on Cheltenham Recycling  

Recycling Collection Schedule (same as Refuse Collection)  

Collections begin at 7AM

Refuse/Recycling Map

These mandatory recycling guidelines apply to all Cheltenham residents who have Township trash collection. Apartment and condominium residents should contact the property’s owner or manager for details about their recycling programs. Businesses and institutions are also required to recycle, per state and Township law, and must submit annual recycling reports from their private haulers to the Township’s Public Works Department by the end of each calendar year. Call the Refuse Superintendent at 215-635-4600 for additional information about business and institutional recycling.

Automated Single-Stream Recycling

  • Glass, cans, plastic, paper and cardboard may all be recycled together in a single wheeled automated recycling cart.

    No other recycling receptacle may be used for the Township’s program.

  • Empty and rinse glass, cans and plastic containers to remove organic food material and residue, but labels may remain.

  • Recycling is collected on the same day as household refuse.

  • Carts are 95-gallon capacity and remain with a property following aRecycling carts come in 35, 65 & 95 gallon sizes. home sale.

  • Place the recycling cart at the curb no more than 12 hours before the scheduled collection day and remove it within 12 hours after collection, like refuse. Note: Refuse and recycling collections begin at 7AM.

  • Position the cart at least 3 feet away from surrounding obstacles, including trash cans, vehicles, poles, hydrants or landscaping. Place the cart in the street with the wheels back against the curb or grass. When not out for pickup, store cart ideally in a shed or garage or in side or back yards. Storage in front yards or beyond the front building line is discouraged.


  • Include plastic items marked with recycling code numbers “1” through “7.” Do not recycle plastics with other code numbers or those without any codes.

    Some common uses for code numbers “1” through “7” are:

  1. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) - soda & water bottles, peanut butter jars
  2. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) -milk jugs, shampoo containers, detergent bottles
  3. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) - water bottles, household cleaning containers, salad dressing. But DON'T recycle packing peanuts.
  4. Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) - food & some yogurt containers
  5. Polypropylene (PP) - butter tubs, plastic cups, reusable food containers, yogurt tubs
  6. Polystyrene (PS) - yogurt containers, plastic beverage cups. But DON'T recycle PVC pipe.
  7. Other - reusable water bottles

EXCEPTIONS: Do not include plastic bags, PVC piping, plastic CD cases, VHS/VCR tapes,spray gun tops or Styrofoam, including packing peanuts.

Single stream recycling truck uses automated arm to collect recycling cart


  • Include all glass bottle and jar food and beverage containers.
  • Do not include broken glass, windowpanes, mirrors, light bulbs, ceramics, porcelain, dishware or drinking glasses.


  • Include metal and aluminum cans and loose metal jar lids and steel bottle caps.Foil balled into wads of at least 2" can be recycled.
  • Do not include coat hangers, aluminum foil, cooking plates, plumbing fixtures, car parts, scrap metal or electronic waste like cell phones and computers. Note:  The Township will accept some types of scrap metal. Call the Public Works Dept. at 215-635-4600 for details.


  • Include newspapers, magazines, brochures, office paper, file folders, greeting cards, mail, paperback books, phone books, paper bags, dry-food cartons (like cereal boxes), paperboard boxes, egg cartons, cardboard beverage carriers, paper towel rolls, and corrugated cardboard. Always try to flatten boxes.
  •  Do not include hardback books, Styrofoam or waxed paper or cartons.
  • Cardboard too large to fit in the recycling cart must be cut/crushed down or dropped off at the following locations and times:
    • Waverly Road Compost Facility - Waverly Road between Church Road and Cheltenham Avenue, Laverock
      Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00am - 2:30pm & Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00pm, unless affected by a holiday 
    • Public Works Facility - 8101 Old York Road, Elkins Park
      Hours:  Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00pm, unless affected by a holiday
 Dumping materials when the facilities are closed is prohibited.