Single Stream Recycling—The Borough adopted an expanded list of recyclables that will no longer need to be separated.  The following list includes many types of items that were not previously recycled.  In addition, you will no longer need to use Borough issued recyclng containers.  You can simply use a regular garbage can and place all recyclable items into the same can.  Use a marker or other labeling method to identify the container as holding recyclables.  All of the recyclables are commingled, so that you do not need to separate the items.

  • Aluminum food and beverage containers
  • Glass food and beverage containers—brown, clear, or green
  • Ferrous (Iron) cans
  • PET plastic containers with the symbol #1—with screw tops only, without caps
  • HDPE natural plastic containers with the symbol #2—narrow neck containers only (milk and water bottles
  • HDPE pigmented plastic containers with the symbol #2—narrow neck containers only, without caps (detergent, shampoo bottles, etc.)
  • Plastics with symbols #3, #4, #5, #6, #7—narrow and screw top containers
  • Newsprint
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Cereal boxes
  • Telephone books
  • Printer paper
  • Copier paper
  • Mail
  • All other office paper without wax liners

Lehigh County no longer offers Household Hazardous Waste collection events. You can, however, contact them at (610)782-3000 for information on alternative safe disposal methods. They will also provide you with contact information for commercial entities who specialize in the safe disposal of these items for a fee.

Earth Day is April 8th at Emmaus Community Park

Saturday, April 8th – 9am -12pm

WHO: Community members from Emmaus and Upper Milford (and any other surrounding areas) are invited to participate in this fun, earth‐conscious event! We will begin gathering at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and to get organized, then start cleaning up by 9 a.m.! Come back to the park afterwards for lunch & educational community fun!

WHAT: Cleaning up litter and debris from sites around the borough and township.  

ALSO: Electronics recycling will be available at Community Park during the event – just stop by with items to recycle like TVs, computers, printers, air conditioners and batteries! Some fees will apply. (See attachment for details) 9‐noon or until the truck is full.

NEW THIS YEAR:    Document Shredding will be available at Community Park during the event at no charge to the community.  Any type of office paper will be accepted.   No need to remove staples.    Items not accepted are newspapers, cardboard or books.  Paper shredding will take place on the site while you wait.  Limit 4 boxes per household (office file size boxes only).  Residential only no commercial businesses please. 9‐noon or until the truck is full.