Data last updated: 06-27-2018
Municipal solid waste collection, recycling, and disposal in Cumberland County are driven by Pennsylvania’s Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 (Act 101). A municipality that has reached a certain population is required to institute a recycling program for leaf waste (leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings) and at least three of the following: clear glass, colored glass, aluminum, steel and bimetallic cans, high grade office paper, newsprint, corrugated paper and plastics (Act 101 recyclables).
Twelve of Cumberland County’s thirty-three municipalities are mandated under Act 101 to have recycling programs. They meet their requirements by mandating through ordinance that all residents must participate in the curbside collection and transportation of Act 101 recyclables and solid waste. Collection is typically done by one company secured through competitive bidding, or by doing it themselves (Shippensburg Borough). Eleven of these twelve municipalities have decided to meet their leaf waste recycling requirements by developing, either jointly or individually, a yard waste recycling drop-off site for their residents. The other one processes yard waste directly at the curb.
Thirteen other municipalities have voluntarily decided to mandate participation, primarily for the curbside collection of solid waste and Act 101 recyclables. Since these are voluntary programs, it is not common to find leaf waste recycling programs in these municipalities.
Eight municipalities have no mandatory participation requirements. Residents in these eight municipalities may, on their own, subscribe to a collector of their choice for curbside collection, or take their recyclables to a drop-off recycling center shown on the map and their solid waste to one of the two disposal facilities shown on the map. Anyone may use the drop-off recycling and disposal sites shown on the map for materials that may not be accepted where they live as long as the facility accepts them.
Please contact your municipality directly with any questions related to the curbside collection of trash and recyclables or the collection of leaf waste.
Each site is for that municipality's residents only, with the exception of Shippensburg Borough.
Shippensburg Borough's site is open to residents of Shippensburg Borough, Southampton Township (Cumberland and Franklin Counties), Shippensburg Township, Newburg Borough, and Hopewell Township.
Site users must show an identification card to gain entry to the site. Non-Shippensburg Borough residents must buy an ID card at the Shippensburg Borough office for $20. The card is renewable annually. Shippensburg Borough residents already pay for use of the site in their quarterly sanitation bill.
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