A group of three (3) municipalities, East Norriton Township, West Norriton Township and Norristown Borough, initiated a joint leaf composting program in 1989 on the grounds of the Norristown Farm Park. The Norristown Farm Park is operated by Montgomery County and owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The two leaf composting sites (one for East Norriton Township and one for the other two municipalities) are leased from Montgomery County. The compost sites are operated by Mario's Tree Service under an agreement with the three municipalities and a lease arrangement with the County. East Norriton Township is 6.2 square miles and has a population of 13,590 as of the 2010 census. As mandated by Act 101 East Norriton Township developed a comprehensive recycling program; a major component of this program is the the collection of leaves which are delivered to the leaf composting facility. The East Norriton Township Public Works Department collects on average 6,000 cubic yards of leaves from the middle of October to the middle of December each year and properly advertises this collection schedule each year in a local publication. Leaves must be separated from the municipal waste stream per Township Ordinance. Leaves are collected utilizing leaf vacuums or collection machines on designated routes and bag collection on routes where the equipment can not travel. Only Township vehicles are permitted to place leaves at the composting facility. The leaves are composted using a compost turner and the final product is screened through a rotary trommel. The majority of the final product is used on the farm fields throughout the Norristown Farm Park. In addition, the final mulch product is also available for pick up by the residents of East Norriton Township at the Public Works Garage during normal business hours (7:30 am to 3:30 pm), Monday thru Friday, except holidays. Each resident is responsible to load the mulch themselves.
Single Family Residential Establishments (single family homes and properties that have three or less multifamily dwelling units) are required by Pennsylvania law and Township ordinance to separate recyclable materials from the waste generated at their property.
The materials required to be recycled are:
Other than the leaf and yard waste, all of these materials are required to be collected curbside by your contracted hauler on at least a weekly basis. Typically these materials are separated into two categories; commingled materials (aluminum, glass & plastics) and paper (newspaper, office & other clean paper). Collection details may vary so please contact your hauler directly for specifics on how recyclable materials should be prepared for collection.
Leaf and yard waste is collected at various times throughout the year by East Norriton Township personnel. Please see the Leaf and Yard Waste Collection section of the website for more information and details regarding these collection services.
It is important to note that your contracted hauler is not required to collect municipal waste from any residential establishment where it is obvious that recyclable materials have not been separated from your trash.
(Recycling Rules (for Businesses in East Norriton Township)
You are required by law to provide an annual recycling report to the East Norriton Township recycling coordinator. Act 101 of 1988 and East Norriton Township Ordinance requires commercial, industrial and institutional establishments located in Pennsylvania municipalities with a population greater than 5,000 to recycle the following:
All apartment complexes or multi-family residential communities (nursing homes, condominiums, retirement communities, etc.) are required to provide recycling containers or centralized collection containers for their residents. At a minimum, you must provide one container for co-mingled recyclables including aluminum cans, glass, steel and bimetal cans and number 1 and 2 plastics; and a second container for newspapers, office paper, junk mail, cardboard and other clean paper. You are required to report on a yearly basis how much recyclables are collected at your property. Leaf waste must be separated from other waste and the amount removed should also be reported to the Township.
All commercial, industrial and institutional business owners and apartment complexes or multi-family residential communities in East Norriton Township are required to report on a yearly basis how much they recycle. At the beginning of each year all businesses located in East Norriton Township are required to complete a Recycling Data Collection Form and return to the Township's recycling coordinator by February 28th of each year. You will be asked to provide on the form the quantities of recyclables your business collected during the previous year. The trash hauler that handles your recyclables should provide annual tonnage information to you.
For further information or to obtain collection forms, please contact:
HOUGH ASSOCIATES105 Town Center Road, Suite 3King of Prussia, PA 19406610-992-9990
2501 Stanbridge Street
East Norriton, PA 19401-1616
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Phone: (610) 275-2800
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