Curbside recycling is set to begin again in Lycoming County on June 8, but misuse of the recycling drop-off centers means a delay in opening more drop-off sites, according to Lycoming County officials.
“Discharging materials next to the recycling drop-off containers is not recycling and is considered illegal dumping,” according to a county press release.
If the containers are full, residents should take the material home with them and bring it back on a later date. There are cameras at the recycling sites, as well as shipping addresses left on the discarded boxes, according to the release.
Proper recycling habits:
- Breakdown all boxes to help maximize the storage space in the container.
- Empty all plastic bags and take bags home with you.
- Plastic bottles and metal cans go into one container, do not bag these recyclables together; it does not promote materials to properly accumulate in its recycling container (and plastic bags are not recyclable at our sites).
- If the container is full, do not pile recyclables next to the containers.
County officials also denounced putting garbage in with the recycling since it goes into a single stream system that is only for recyclable materials.
“Putting trash and bagged materials into the systems causes issues to the equipment and is not intended for waste,” according to officials.
LCRMS is holding recyclables for three days before processing and handling the materials for the safety of our employees. Due to space limitations, the county Resource Management Services is not able to fully open all 20 drop off sites within the county.
“If you or anyone in your household has COVID19, please throw away your recyclables. In addition, Lycoming County is still in the “yellow” for reopening, we ask everyone to continue to wear their masks while accessing the sites. If you do not wish to visit the drop off sites, please know single stream recycling is available in Lycoming County. Reach out to your waste hauler for details.”
Open recycling centers are:
- City of Williamsport
- Hughesville Borough
- Jersey Shore Borough
- Loyalsock Township
- South Williamsport Borough
- Self-dump recycling site at the landfill in Montgomery.
In addition, collection procedures have changed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. To better accommodate the inbound recyclables and help with its transportation, more materials will be combined:
- Fiber/papers, which are magazines, newspapers, chipboard, office paper junk mail, and cardboard that has been broken down are all acceptable into one container.
- Plastic bottles and metal cans, which are plastic bottles/jars #1&2 only, tin/steel cans, and aluminum cans are all acceptable into one container.
- Glass bottles/jars are still acceptable and are still separated by color (clear/brown/green).
Plastic bags are not acceptable in the containers at any time and should be taken home after the contents are emptied. The only exception is for shredded office paper, which should be put in a clear bag.