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Frequently Asked Questions

Why change to automated recycling on April 1, 2013?

Automated collections will improve efficiency and increase recycling, both of which add up to savings for the Township. In fact, we project over $200,000 in operating budget savings per year, including an anticipated increase in recycling tonnage. The program is expected to recoup all upfront costs in about 51/2 years.


What recycling container should I use?

One easy-to-maneuver, wheeled recycling cart was delivered to each household in the program in March 2013. Carts are available in three sizes: 35, 65 or 95 gallons. Residents are asked to use their containers for three months.  After July 1, 2013, residents who want to change to another cart size may contact the Cheltenham Township Refuse/Recycling Superintendent at 215-635-4600, ext. 3cont.


What should I do with my old recycling bucket or bin?

The round or square containers CAN NO LONGER BE USED FOR RECYCLING. They are handy for storage. If you want to get rid of it, you may place it in your recycling cart or drop it off at the Public Works Facility, 8101 Old York Road, Elkins Park on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or most Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to be recycled.


Will recycling still be collected on the same day as trash?

Yes, the collection schedule will not change.


Where should I place the new recycling cart for pick-up?

Carts must be placed at least three feet away from any obstacles, such as trash cans, utility poles, mail boxes, trees, shrubs, bushes, fire hydrants and parked cars. Place them in the street with the wheels back against the curb or grass or at the end of your driveway. Note: Use the location of your emptied cart as a guide for the best placement. Crews will leave emptied carts in a good spot.

          Please don’t park in front of recycling carts at the curb for pick-up.


Where should I store my recycling cart?

Township ordinance prohibits anything from obstructing sidewalks. Also, recycling containers should not be placed at the curb more than 12 hours before scheduled collection and must be removed from the curb 12 hours after collection. Ideally, the carts should be stored in a shed or garage or in side or back yards. Storage in front yards or beyond the front building line is discouraged.


What may I put in the recycling cart?

The single-stream recycling guidelines will remain the same.  All recyclables – glass, cans, plastic, paper and cardboard – may be recycled in the SAME recycling cart.  Note: Cardboard must fit easily into the cart. Oversize cardboard must be cut down or dropped off at the Public Works Facility or Waverly Road Compost Facility. Cardboard left outside of the cart will not be collected for refuse or recycling.


Other questions?

Contact the Cheltenham Township Refuse/Recycling Superintendent at 215-635-4600.

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