Trash & Recycling
Please click here to access the Borough's Ordinance on trash & recycling.
New Electronics Recycling Law to Impact Borough Collection
The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act was enacted in 2010 and requires consumers to keep covered devices, such as computers, laptops, monitors, and televisions, out of the trash. Please click here for more information on recycling these devices.
Perkasie Borough has a pay-as-you-throw trash program in which all residential properties must participate. Residents pay for Borough Disposal Bags to dispose of trash. All recycling is free of charge. The more you utilize the recycling options, the fewer trash bags you will need to purchase and that will lower your trash removal costs. As of January 1, 2009, trash bag costs are $3.25 for a large bag holding up to 40 pounds of trash and $2.25 for a small bag with a maximum capacity of 20 pounds. Available in limited quantities - special "medium" sized bags for $2.50 that are only available at Borough Hall.
Refuse and recyclables must be placed at the curb or alley no earlier than 6:00 pm on the day prior to scheduled collection and no later than 7:00 am on the day of collection. Household refuse must be placed in a securely tied Borough Disposal Bag, which does not exceed the weight of forty (40) pounds for the large bag and twenty (20) pounds for the small bag.
Borough disposal bags are available at the Borough Office, 620 West Chestnut Street, and at area retailers who display the Green Hickory Tree logo. Disposal bags or recycling containers cannot remain curbside for more than 24 hours.
Disposal of materials resulting from renovation, repair, construction of buildings and structures, or the removal of trees, will not be collected by the Borough. Such items shall be removed by and at the expense of the property owner or the contractor.
If refuse is not collected on your regular trash day due to inclement weather, it will be collected with your recyclables on Friday (when possible).
CURBSIDE TRASH COLLECTION (MONDAY - THURSDAY)
Refuse must be placed in a Borough Disposal Bag that is closed at the top. Refuse includes garbage (when drained of liquids), paper, rags, leather, rubber, metals, metal foils, ceramics, crockery, plastics, and similar items normally produced by or originating from a private residence. There will be no call backs for trash put out late. Covered Devices (which included TV's, computers, and computer peripheral's) are no longer permitted in the trash stream. Please click here for more information on recycling these devices.
Ashes must be thoroughly extinguished and placed in a metal container. Attach an empty Borough Disposal Bag to the container for the corresponding weight of the ash as your proof of purchase. The bag will be collected with ash.
Click below for maps detailing the daily trash pick-up routes:
Friday reserved for Borough-wide recycling pick-up (see below).
Glass, aluminum, plastics (numbered 1 through 5 and 7) and steel are collected on Fridays. Please adhere to the following guidelines when placing recyclables curbside:
GLASS (all colors) | Remove lids and neckbands from bottles or jars, and rinse. No need to remove labels. (No ceramics, light bulbs, or plate glass please).
ALUMINUM CANS (beverage cans) | Flatten all cans if possible. Do not include steel/metal cans or aluminum foil.
PLASTICS | All plastics numbered 1 through 5 and 7. Please rinse containers, removing all contents. Crush the plastic containers to reduce the size as much as possible, but keep them intact.
STEEL CANS | Please rinse the cans, flatten them and remove the labels when possible.
Recyclables should be combined in open bins with drainage holes near the bottom (available at the Borough Office for $7.50). Please Do Not Break Glass. No plastic bags.
Newspaper and cardboard will be collected on the third Wednesday of each month. Newspaper is to be bundled and tied securely or inserted into a durable paper bag. Junk mail, magazines and chip board (such as cereal boxes) may be included with newsprint. Please keep newsprint clean and free of soil, garbage, etc. Cardboard must be separated from newsprint, flattened and securely tied for pickup. Wax coated cardboard, freezer boxes, wood, nails, Styrofoam and plastic are not recyclable and must be disposed of in a Borough Disposal Bag.
DROP-OFF RECYCLING CENTER
The Borough Recycling Center, located behind the Perkasie Police Department, 311 South Ninth Street, is for the convenience of Borough residents only. Perkasie Borough staff may ask for identification when you use the recycling center.
The Recycling Center has signs indicating where the recyclable materials are to be placed. Please adhere to the guidelines above, separating recyclables into the proper containers as marked (glass, aluminum, tin and plastic in one container and newspaper and cardboard in another). Trash, bulky items, brush and leaves are not accepted at the Recycling Center. Please do not place materials in plastic bags.
Recycling Center hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 8:30 pm and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. It will be closed Sundays and holidays. Please click here for a list of Borough holidays.
Plastics numbered 1 through 5 and 7 are accepted at the Recycling Center. Please rinse containers, removing all contents. Crush the plastic containers to reduce the size as much as possible, but keep them intact.
STEEL FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINERS
Steel cans that held foods, including pet food, are accepted at the Recycling Center. Paint cans, aerosol cans, and propane cylinders are not accepted. Often referred to as "tin cans", steel food cans are easy to recycle. Please rinse the cans, flatten them and remove the labels when possible. Please place the steel cans in the commingled bin at the recycling center designated for all recyclables except newspaper and cardboard.
Large bulky items not requiring a sticker such as furniture and non-motorized household appliances will be collected from residential customers only, at no charge, along with the regular Monday - Thursday trash collection. This collection is limited to items generated within the household and to a single item per week . A single bulky item is considered one large household appliance or its equivalent in size. Bulky waste will not be picked up from any household unless at least one bag of trash, contained in a Borough trash bag, accompanies the bulky waste.
Cans that contained liquids (latex paints, driveway sealer, etc.) will be accepted once empty or the liquid has dried to a solid.
A $10 fee is charged for the collection of specific items as listed below. An appliance requires the $10 sticker regardless of its completeness. Large items that require stickers will be picked up on Wednesdays.
A $10 sticker is required for: Washers, dryers, hot water heaters, trash compactors, garbage disposals, humidifiers, stoves (electric or gas), riding lawn mowers, dishwashers, wood stoves, air compressors, pool filters, snow blowers, electric generators, microwave ovens, water softeners, and any similar large item.
Purchase the bulk trash stickers at Borough Hall on weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Purchase your sticker no later than 3:00 pm on Tuesday for pick up the following Wednesday.
Place the appliance curbside before 7:00 am on your collection day and attach the sticker to the appliance as close to pick-up time as possible. Please be sure that the attached sticker is visible from the street. There will be no recalls for items.
The following items will not be collected by Perkasie Borough: Multiple storm doors, multiple storm windows, tires (on or off wheels), parts of any type of vehicle including batteries, all types of heaters (gas, wood, coal, or oil), oil tanks, remodeling materials, outbuildings (wood or metal, garages, wood sheds, etc.), carpeting and padding exceeding 9'x 12'.
Residents are reminded that Perkasie Borough does not accept appliances, which contain Freon, such as refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners even if the Freon is thought to be removed from the appliance. Ask the dealer where you purchased your new appliance about removal of the old appliance or contact your local dealer about removal.
Quick Reference Guide (see below for details):
Yard Clippings (leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings): Drop off at the Recycling Center on the first Saturday of the month.
Bundled Branches: Curbside (call for collection) on the first Wednesday of the month.
Leaves (Fall Season): Curbside collection in October & November.
Grass Clippings: Must be disposed of in a Borough trash bag. The Borough encourages "grass-cycling".
Christmas Trees: Curbside collection after the holiday.
YARD CLIPPINGS (LEAVES, GARDEN RESIDUES, SHRUBBERY & TREE
Beginning in 2010, all yard waste will no longer be collected for free in a non-Borough bag. Yard waste is defined as leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings, and similar material but not including grass clippings. The policy on the collection of grass clippings will remain the same- they must be bagged in Borough trash bags and placed out with household refuse.
As an alternative, the Borough will provide free disposal of all yard waste (not including grass clippings) at the Borough’s recycling center on the first Saturday of every month. Residents may take yard waste generated at their house to the Recycling Center at that time. All yard waste deposited at the Center must be loose or in biodegradable paper bags. All yard waste delivered to the site in plastic bags must be emptied from the bag. (Grass clippings will not be permitted for drop off at the Recycling Center - most compost facilities do not accept this material because of the way it decomposes.)
All material dropped off at the Borough’s Recycling Center will be taken to a Department of Environmental Protection authorized composting facility to be composted and reused.
CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF BUNDLED BRANCHES
Brush and shrubbery clippings will be chipped curbside throughout Perkasie by Borough crews on the first Wednesday of each month. Call for an appointment at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled collection day. Tree branches must be cut in lengths of less than 4 feet, and then bundled with twine in bundles no larger than 18 inches in diameter. Branches over 8 inches in diameter should be placed curbside for bulk trash collection. The cut ends of the bundles should face the curb for quick pickup by the Borough crews. The amount of branches picked up at each residence will be equivalent to the size of a freezer.
CURBSIDE LEAF COLLECTION
Leaf collection will begin mid-October and continue through November, weather permitting. Rake leaves into the street along the curb line without blocking or clogging storm drains. Please keep vehicles away from areas where leaves are piled.
Leaves will be picked up when scheduling allows. There are no set collection days for areas of the Borough. The Public Works crew will follow a specific route and do so cyclically throughout the leaf collection days as noted above.
Grass clippings must be bagged in Borough trash bags and placed out with household refuse. Perkasie Borough promotes "grass-cycling" - cutting the grass before it gets to high, or using a mulching mower, and letting the grass clippings remain on the ground to nourish the soil.
You are encouraged to compost leaves and garden debris as a means of recycling this material as valuable mulch and nutrient for your lawn and/or garden. Information on composting can be obtained at the Borough Office.
Grass clippings will not be permitted for drop-off at the Recycling Center.
CURBSIDE CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION
Christmas trees (without wire) are picked up along with recyclables during the first three weeks of January. Wreaths with or without wire will be collected with refuse. Live-balled Christmas trees may be donated for planting in Borough Parks.
The Recycling Center will be closed on all days listed in the "Holiday" column below. Refuse & Recycling Collection schedule changes due to holidays or days celebrated as such will be as follows:
Recycling within established rules and regulations is mandatory and failure to do so is a violation of Borough Ordinance.
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