RecycleBank Videos on the Township's YouTube Channel
that show how your recyclables are turned into products.
Upper Dublin Township has teamed up with RecycleBank to offer a curbside recycling program that rewards residents for recycling! The Township recycles using RecycleBank Carts on wheels. Residents may keep their old green recycling bins or return them by leaving them empty at the curb. Recycling is picked up the same day as your trash pick up. See the trash collection page for a schedule of holidays when recycling is moved to a Wednesday.
As of fall 2012, Upper Dublin Township announces their continued partnership with RecycleBank and the popular rewards points program. In 2007 Upper Dublin pioneered an incentive based program with RecycleBank which has saved taxpayer’s hard earned tax dollars through reductions in disposal costs, increases in recycling commodity returns and greater funding awards, to help offset operational costs and to further promote increased recycling rates.
This success is due to the overwhelming response from the residents of Upper Dublin and their commitment to a greener community. The Township is excited to continue its successful partnership with RecycleBank and will be using a community weight based model that records when you recycle and rewards you with Recyclebank points based on your community’s weight that day. Upper Dublin Township and RecycleBank remind residents who have not already done so, to register their Recyclebank account and begin earning and redeeming their rewards points for great savings through the rewards program. Log on at www.recyclebank.com or call 1-888-727-2978 to open your rewards account. Be sure to surf the RecycleBank website for even more reward point opportunities where you’ll find interactive games, quizzes and contests to motivate green behaviors and get rewarded for your participation!
Your rewards points can be translated into RecycleBank Rewards that you can use at participating stores and for professional services, such as local flower shops, book stores, magazine subscriptions, grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants, dentists, chiropractors, and Township Bulk Trash pickup. Reintroduced in March 2011, you may also use your rewards to donate to the Upper Dublin Education Foundation or Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity (select the "GO GREEN" CATEGORY to find these rewards).
Your account earnings are limited to 450 points per month.
TO REDEEM YOUR REWARDS FOR RECYCLING, visit www.recyclebank.com.
Residents receive a 64-gallon RecycleBank Cart with wheels at no cost. The RecycleBank program allows residents to place all of their recyclables into one container. On scheduled recycling days, the container is weighed and a computer chip embedded in the container is scanned. Residents are asked to contact the Public Works Department at 215-643-1600 x 3233 with any RecycleBank cart repair or replacement issues. All inquires regarding the rewards program should be directed to RecycleBank at www.recyclebank.com or 1-888-727-2978.
***PLEASE NOTE: Keep the Brown Refuse Cart and the RecycleBank Cart at least 4 feet apart.
Visit the Documents & Forms page to download brochures, reports and collection route map.
The following items should be placed together in your RecycleBank Cart and then placed at least four feet away from your Refuse Cart:
Newspaper, office paper, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, phone books, chipboard/cereal boxes and cardboard (NO hard-back books) can be recycled in the blue recycling cart (objects may NOT protrude out of the cart). For large amounts of Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) special Wednesday pickups can be ordered for flattened and bundled cardboard. See options for OCC below.
There are three ways to dispose of Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC):
Strategies to reduce unwanted catalogs. Consumers can sign up for the free Catalog Choice Service. Users find the catalogs they receive on a list, then enter their customer identification numbers from the mailing labels to decline the catalogs. Catalog Choice then contacts the catalog providers and request that the names be removed from their mailing lists. This service is sponsored by the Ecology Center of California and is endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense council and funded by the Overbrook Foundation, the Merck Family Fund, and the Kendeda Fund. Another way to reduce unwanted catalogs is to register with the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service for a $1 fee.
**What are #1 thru #7 Plastic?
Look on the bottom of the plastics to find a recycling symbol with a #1 thru #7 in its center. If there is any number other than #1 thru #7 OR no markings at all, discard the item with regular household trash.
#1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE). PET is a clear, tough plastic used in soda bottles.
#2 - High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is a plastic used to make bottles for milk jugs, detergent containers and shampoo bottles.
#3 - Vinyl or Polyvinyl Chloride (V). V is a rigid plastic used cleaning product containers.
#4 - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE). LDPE is a plastic used to make plastic tubs and lids such as butter and margarine tubs. (Exclude #4 packing materials such as shrink wrap - it damages the sorting equipment)
#5 - Polyproplene (PP). PP is a plastic used for yogurt and butter containers.
#6 - Polysterene (PS). PS is a plastic used for food storage and serving products. (Exclude #6 styrofoam packing peanuts-no styrofoam accepted)
#7 - Other. Other mixed plastics.
Please remember: we only accept #1 thru #7 plastics and not all plastics are acceptable. Not accepted are plastic bags, plastic caps, plastic six-pack holders, syringes, and styrofoam.
Why do we not accept #4 and #6 packing materials? The #6 are styrofoam packing peanuts that cannot be recycled. No styrofoam! The #4 material is shrink wrap that can only be recycled in extremely large quantities and if the material is isolated. It cannot go in with someone's curbside single stream because the material cannot be pulled out in the sorting system and it ends up getting wrapped around the belts and screens, damaging and stopping the equipment.
Ceramics, light bulbs, mirrors, plate or window glass, drinking glasses, Pyrex, lead crystal, coat hangers, curtain rods, ovenware, flower pots, large plastic tub containers, plastic toys, Tupperware, pizza boxes (or any other food contaminated paper/cardboard), frozen food boxes, photographs, wax paper, tin foil, carbon paper, plastic bags, plastic caps, plastic six-pack holders, syringes, styrofoam, disposable foil tins, aluminum or other scrap metal, aerosol cans or any container that was used for hazardous materials. Note: Fluorescent Light Bulbs can be dropped off at Lowes and Home Depot for free.
For further questions on what can or can't be recycled or any questions about the RecycleBank program visit www.recyclebank.com or call 1-888-727-2978.
Remember to: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Questions? Call the Public Works Department at (215) 643-1600 x3233.
Information is subject to change due to various conditions.
The Township of Upper Dublin
801 Loch Alsh Avenue
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: (215) 643-1600
Fax: (215) 542-0797