This FAQ page has been put together to answer many of the questions that you may have. If you have more questions please call the Palmer Municipal Building (610) 253-7191 or email Cindy Oatis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Automated waste and recycling collection has been very successful where implemented in the United States. The system is called “automated” because a special truck, equipped with a mechanical/robotic arm, automatically lifts and empties special trash containers (known as carts or toters) and returns them to their original position without the driver ever leaving the cab of the truck. This is a system designed to improve efficiency, make the task of putting out garbage easier and cleaner for the residents, improve the appearance of the community and greatly reduce the injury potential for collection employees.
Single stream (also known as "fully commingled" or "single-sort") recycling refers to a system in which all glass, paper, junk mail, magazines, newsprint, cardboard, plastics (#’s 1-7), aluminum, tin and bi-metal cans, are collected together in one cart instead of the materials being sorted or bundled by the resident before being put out to the curb for collection.
Single stream is easy! No longer will residents have to sort, flatten and bundle boxes or bundle magazines and newsprint.
No. There is no additional charge to our residents.
No. Keep in mind that extra bagged trash will not be accepted. The larger carts allow room for the occasional "extra" trash or recycling.
Residents, as long as they are recycling, rarely need more than one 96-gallon waste cart. Be sure to check the recyclables list. If you’re recycling all the allowed materials, it’s possible that you may find more room in your trash cart.
Should you find you have more trash than what fits in your cart, you may request an additional cart by coming to the Township office, at 3 Weller Place, Palmer, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30.p.m. to complete a request for an additional trash cart. The fee for the additional cart will be provided at a cost of $250.00 each. This is a one-time service fee that covers the service and disposal charges for the extra waste. The cart is owned by the Township and must remain on the property. If a resident moves to another location within the Township, the extra purchased cart may be taken; otherwise the cart must be returned to the Township Public Works Department or Hartley Avenue Recycling Center.
Additional recycling carts will be provided for free.
If your cart is stolen, you must report it to the Palmer Police immediately. A stolen cart will be replaced free of charge if you provide a police case number.
Nationwide, communities report minimal theft due to being clearly embossed with the township name, the large size and the fact that they are traceable through the RFID tag.
If the collection truck caused the damage, we will replace the cart at no charge to you. If the cart is damaged due to neglect, abuse, mutilation or modification, you will be responsible for purchasing a replacement cart. Wheels, lids, and axles are normally replaced at no cost to the resident.
If your cart is damaged, notify Palmer Township at (610) 253-7191 for a replacement or repairs.
Assistance to the physically challenged (door-curbside service) is available to anyone who needs it, as verified by your physician. To request this help, call the Township office at (610) 253-7191, extension 1160.
The automated truck arm has a reach of 6 feet. The arm requires 3' clearance around the cart for the lifting mechanism to work properly. Cars parked in front of or too close to the cart may prevent collection.
The automated collection truck cannot turn the container around as it picks it up. Dumping the container “backwards” can break or damage the lid.
A different vehicle collects each item, so access is important. Also, the collection arm on the automated truck requires space to make the collection safely so that it will not tip over other containers or damage your property.
Emptying the carts under most weather circumstances should not be a problem. Certain weather emergencies may require a one-day delay of our waste and recycling collection. Collections for the remainder of the week will run one day behind schedule, with regular Friday collection being completed on Saturday. Information regarding this type of delay will be posted as soon as possible on www.palmertwp.com, Channel 69 TV news, and on radio channels 96.1, 99.9, 100.7, 103.5.
Palmer will allow containers to be at the curbside for collection only from 7pm the day before collection day, to 7pm the day of the scheduled collection day. If you are aware of someone repeatedly leaving their containers out beyond these time frames, please contact the Palmer Municipal Building at (610) 253-7191, extension 1160.
No, the automated truck can ONLY pick up the containers designated as Palmer Township 96-gallon, green containers.
Palmer Township has provided special curbside collections to accommodate items too large to fit in your cart. Click here to view our Special Collections Page.
Click here to view yard waste options.
Place all recycling materials in the green automated recycling cart with the yellow lid:
Do not place food waste, mirrors, ceramics, windows or any glass other than bottles, light bulbs, films, plastic wrap, or plastic bags or Styrofoam of any kind into your recycling container.
Yes, it is recommended. Rinsing your items keeps things sanitary and your cart clean.
Cardboard boxes do NOT have to be bundled and tied. Items such as cereal and shoe boxes can now simply be dropped into the cart. To prevent cardboard from being jammed too tightly, we ask that you cut or flatten the cardboard so that the container can be easily emptied.
No. All waste or recycling must be placed inside the recycling or waste carts. Trash left in bags or other types of containers or carts, other than Palmer Township’s specific carts, will not be collected.
It is most efficient and economical for our trucks to make stops for full, or nearly full carts. Also, it improves air quality when trucks don’t have to make unnecessary stops. If your cart is not full and you feel you can wait until the next collection cycle, please do not put your cart out.
Yes, all trash should be bagged before it is put in the cart. Bagging helps keep your cart clean and reduces windblown litter. We will not pick up litter blown out of the carts.
This is a Pennsylvania disposal ban effective January 24, 2013, which prohibits landfills and other solid waste disposal facilities from accepting items such as televisions, computers, hard drives, monitors, keyboards, printers or other type of components. For more information on electronics recycling options
Personal syringes should not be placed in the trash. Follow the procedure on this link for the proper way to dispose of personal syringes.