Recycling Information

Drop-off Information

Township Highway Garage
5 West Brookhaven Road

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Closed Sunday and Holidays


As of January 5, 2009, Nether Providence Township provides a weekly, co-mingled, curbside collection of a wide range of recyclable materials.

You no longer have to separate the items you are recycling: they can all be mixed together in any container that is smaller than 65 gallons (a typical trash can is 34-48 gallons). You can use any container for your recycling. Throughout Delaware County, municipalities have instituted blended curb-side recycling (also called “co-mingled recycling”) which greatly increases recycling participation rates. Recycling diverts materials from incineration, providing an environmental benefit as well as incentive funding from the Commonwealth.

Illegal dumping will result in a $300 fine.

The township is now offering a new program to recycle your used inkjet and laser cartridges.  You can drop them off at either the Helen Kate Furness Library or the Township Building.  Or you can pick up a postage paid envelope at either location.

Recycling Pickup Schedule

Ward 1 & 7 Thursdays
Ward 2 Wednesdays
Ward 3 & 4 Tuesdays
Ward 5 & 6 Wednesdays

Place at the curbside by 7:00 am on your scheduled pick-up day.  Please the check the “news” under the homepage on holidays as it is possible the schedule will be adjusted.

The items that CAN be placed in a container at your curb for recycling are:

  • Paper of all kinds:  newspaper, magazines, office paper, catalogues, mail, telephone books, glossy paper, school paper, paperback books;
  • Cardboard of all kinds:  including corrugated cardboard, pressboard, cereal boxes, and consumer product packaging
  • Metal food & beverage cans (aluminum, bi-metal, or steel);
  • Clear, green & brown class bottles & jars;
  • Plastic containers marked with triangle #1 through #7.

The following items SHOULD NOT be placed in your recycling container:

  • Scrap Metal
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic lids & caps
  • Plastic 6 pack holders
  • Needles or syringes
  • Window panes, mirrors, ceramics & Pyrex dishware
  • Paint, pesticides, oil & cleansers
  • Stickers or address label sheet waste
  • Waxed paper or waxed cardboard
  • Styrofoam or paper-to-go containers
  • Organic material and food waste
  • Wood and Metal
  • Yard Waste
  • Hoses, Strappings and Wire
  • Plastic Bags and Trash
  • Food Waste
  • Wet Material and Snow
  • The recyclable materials can be placed together in any container that is less than 65 gallons. The materials will be collected by H&H Disposal, who can be reached at 610-586-1400

Recycling Brochure – Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding recycling in Nether Providence township.

Q.  Will the new recycling program be part of my regular Township tax bill?
A: Yes.
The Township Board of Commissioners has created a recycling fee rebate program to offset the cost of the recycling program for our elderly lower income residents. The criteria used to qualify for the recycling fee rebate are the same as used in our existing sewer rent rebate option: residents 65 years of age or older with an annual income of less than $18,000. Please call or visit the Township office or visit the Township website to obtain a rebate request form.

Q. Why should I recycle?
A. Recycling saves energy, reduces pollution, and preserves natural resources.  So be part of the solution – Recycle!

Pennsylvania state law requires municipalities like Nether Providence to operate recycling programs.  Township residents can recycle two ways – by using the township’s curbside collection program.

Q. Does the township earn money for the items we recycle?
A. Yes. The township receives Performance Grants from the State of Pennsylvania based on the amount of waste recycled within the Township each year.

Q. Can all glass be recycled?
A. No.
All glass food and beverage containers can be recycled.  The following types of glass cannot be recycled: Drinking Glasses, Mirrors, Ceramics, Crystal, Light Bulbs, Ovenware, Window Glass.

Q. Can all food cans be recycled?
A. Yes.

Q. Do I need to do anything to “prepare” my recyclables?
A. Rinse out glass and metal containers to avoid attracting pests.  Labels can be left on.  Remove all can or bottle lids.

Q. What is considered hazardous waste?
A. Some trash is hazardous and needs special handling. Delaware County offers Household Hazardous Waste drop-off collection several times per year.
Any item that has any of the following warnings on the label should be discarded at a household hazardous waste collection event:

  • Danger
  • Caution
  • Warning Hazardous
  • Toxic
  • Poison
  • Flammable
  • Combustible
  • Corrosive Explosive
  • Reactive

For information on the Delaware County HHW drop-off program, contact the Delaware County Recycling office at 610-892-9716 or

Q. How do I recycle used motor oil, antifreeze or car batteries?
A. These products are harmful to the environment if they are discarded with your household trash or dumped in the street or storm drain.  These items are collected for recycling at many garages and auto repair sites.  For a list of facilities that recycle these products in Delaware County, visit: 

Q. When does leaf collection occur?
A.  Rake leaves to the edge of your property for collection between early November and mid-December. Please keep the leaves out of the street (the police department has reported numerous hazardous conditions in regards to leaves blocking the roadway) to prevent leaves from clogging storm water sewers and from obstructing parking or traffic flow. It takes about two weeks to complete each circuit of collection along the Township’s streets at the height of leaf season.

Q. Does the township collect yard waste?
A. Yard waste (except grass clippings), leaves in biodegradable bags (no plastic) and bundled sticks will still be collected by the Township’s Public Works Department the second Tuesday of each month. You can request pickup of these items by contacting the Township office at (610) 566-4516. You must schedule an appointment for items to be picked up.

Q. Does the township collect Christmas trees?
A. The Township will collect trees placed curbside during the first three weeks in January.  Simply remove any decorations or plastic.

Q. How do I dispose of heavy trash?
A. Please call your trash hauler.

Q. Does the township provide mulch?
A. Residents can pick up free leaf mulch at the Township Recycling Center (5 W Brookhaven Rd); or for a modest fee, you can arrange for home delivery of a full or half truckload of leaf mulch. Contact the township office for information on mulch delivery.

Q. How can I dispose of latex paint?
A. Please see the link by clicking Latex Paint flyer.

Q. How can I dispose of home healthcare waste?
A. Please see the link by clicking here: Healthcare Waste Disposal

Commercial Establishments – Recycling Information

In compliance with the Pennsylvania Mandatory Recycling Law – Act 101, Nether Providence Township is required to annually inform Commercial, Municipal and Institutional groups within its boundaries of their obligation to provide for the recycling of ALL cardboard, ALL grades of paper, clear, brown & green glass, ALL grades of plastic, bi-metallic & aluminum cans generated within their establishments as well as the requirement to compost ANY leaf waste or yard waste generated.

Each Commercial, Institutional and Municipal establishment within Nether Providence Township MUST provide for its own collection and transportation services of the items mandated for recycling.

The Township provides a drop-off center at the Township Garage, 5 West Brookhaven Road.  This drop-off center/storage facility is available for your use Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. & Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m..

If you elect NOT to use the Township Recycling Facility you MUST submit to us at the end of the year documentation of the WEIGHT of the materials which your establishment has recycled.  I am enclosing a form to be completed with information as to who you contract with to haul away your recyclables.

Your participation is vital to the continued success of our recycling program.  If you have NOT been recycling in the past, let me encourage you to participate and be part of the solution.