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Refuse and Recycling Can Requirements:

As of December 31, 2020, every property in the Borough must have containers / garbage cans for all recycling and garbage.  Loose bags on the curb will no longer be allowed as of January 1, 2021. 

RESIDENTS MUST USE A CONTAINER FOR RECYCLABLES.  DO NOT PUT YOUR RECYCLABLES IN A BAG!  If you need a recycling sticker for your recycling bin, they are available at Town Hall or by calling 610-965-9292. 

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 recycling containers.  You can simply use a regular garbage can and place all recyclable items into the same can.  You must 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.

Here is a list of recyclable 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

Please DO NOT recycle the following:

  • Propane bottles
  • Rubber hoses
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Plastic flower pots
  • Plastic kids’ toys
  • Wood
  • Yard debris
  • Hazardous waste
  • Medical waste
  • Syringes
  • Food Waste
  • Toner cartridges
  • Pyrex
  • Food containers
  • All Styrofoam products

Refuse Forms

The Borough of Emmaus contracts with Whitetail for refuse and recyclable collection.  However, the Borough does not arrange for collection via dumpsters, which need to be arranged by the entity desiring dumpster service.  If you obtain dumpster service from Whitetail, there is no need to file a form indicating that; however, if you use an Independent Hauler, which is any refuse contractor other than Whitetail, you need to complete the Commercial Entity Dumpster Form and file it with the Borough Manager’s Office.

Additionally, if you are over the age of 65 or disabled, and of a low income, you may qualify for a reduced refuse rate.  If you believe that you may qualify for the discount, file the Reduced Rate Refuse Application with the Office of the Borough Manager, who will determine if you meet the qualifications.

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