Pennsylvania made recycling the law in July 1988 with Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act. Honey Brook Township is now required to enact a Recycling Ordinance under the terms of this act. Click here for more information, found on the PA Department of Environmental Protection site.
Please note that this ordinance now bans burning in the Township.
Chester County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA)
Information for Residents:
Click here for information on what’s able to be recycled. Contact your contracted hauler for information on their recycling procedures.
For information about recycling in Chester County, click here.
Click here for tips on recycling plastic film and plastic bags.
For composting tips, click here.
The Chester County Recycling Coordinator, sponsored by the Chester County Board of Commissioners through the Chester County Solid Waste Authority, teaches backyard composting to county residents and provides materials and support. Currently, there are no scheduled classes. For more information, please contact the CCSWA at (610) 273-3771 x228.
Special Waste Concerns:
Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs) cannot be disposed of in the trash. They are being collected at all Lowe’s stores, Home Depot stores, and at the Lanchester Landfill for recycling.
The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) 108 of 2010 prohibits the disposal of computers, monitors, tablets, peripherals, televisions, and e-readers in the normal trash stream. Please see the Recycling and Safe Disposal page of the CCSWA website or their Resource Directory for information on how to recycle these items.
The CCSWA holds several Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections in Chester County each year for items that cannot be placed in the normal trash stream. Click here for a detailed list of what will and will not be accepted. Please note: the CCSWA no longer collects e-waste at Household Hazardous Waste events; click here for places to recycle such items, or browse the CCSWA’s resource directory.
Click here for information on fire extinguisher disposal.
Expired or leftover medications are collected at several dropoff points throughout Chester County. Click here for the list.
Click here for paint disposal tips.
Looking to dispose of a large household item? Recycle it! If you have a large item or items (furniture, appliances, cabinets, and more) that are in good condition or working order, please contact Habitat for Humanity of Chester County to arrange a pick-up. Items can be picked up from the first floor or garage level of your home. Visit Habitat’s website or call 610-466-1890 for more information or to schedule a pick-up. Donated items will be sold in one of Habitat’s two ReStores, and proceeds from the ReStores’ sales help build affordable housing throughout Chester County.
Information for Commercial, industrial, institutional, and privately owned establishments (including Manufactured Home Communities):
You must recycle the following:
- Aluminum/bimetal cans
- Corrugated cardboard (packing foam removed)
- Glass (clear, brown, & green)
- Newspaper & miscellaneous paper (cereal boxes, magazines, junk mail)
- High-grade office paper
- Plastics with logo numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 7 (found on the bottom of the container)
- Leaf waste
Information for Food Service providers:
Remember the “three Rs”:
- Use tough nylon instead of steel wool scouring pads.
- Use smaller containers to hold foods.
- Install filters to extend the life of deep-frying cooking oil.
- Purchase soda in syrup form.
- Purchase foods that dispense in large plastic pouches (such as ketchup) and bulk dispensers (such as milk) instead of smaller cartons.
- Use air dryers instead of paper towels.
- Write menu/specials on chalkboard rather than on many sheets of paper.
- Encourage customers to reuse bags for take-out.
- Use pour-type or pump-type dispensers for condiments instead of individual prepackaged items.
- Install a food grinder or food pulper system to reduce the volume of food waste.
- Consider composting food waste.
- The phrase “recycled paper” should be printed on any recycled paper products that are used as advertising (menus, carry-out bags).
- Table tents or placards can be used as a public relations tool to announce the restaurant’s waste reduction and recycling programs.
- NOTE: restaurants should not reuse food unless they have received permission from the Chester County Health Department. The PA Donated Food Limited Liability Act is intended to stimulate the donations of foods to charitable organizations. Immunity is provided for good faith donations of foods fit for human consumption yet not readily marketable due to appearance, freshness, grade, or surplus. Contact the Chester County Office of Human Services for further guidance and information at 610-344-6640.
- Contact your current hauler. Calculate the number of recycling containers you will need–their style, size, location, and labeling. Be sure to provide instructions to all staff describing how to prepare materials, where to place them, and when collection occurs.
- Purchase a baler to condense cardboard volume.
- Rinse and separate glass bottles & jars nightly.
- Where paper products are still used, purchase recycled materials.
Not all waste reduction and recycling activities may be feasible for every restaurant. However, any type of waste reduction and/or recycling program helps reduce the volume of waste sent to our local landfill.
For more information, contact the Chester County Solid Waste Authority at 610-273-3771, ext. 228. For information concerning specific food requirements contact the Food, Institution and Vendor Section at 610-344-6689.
Last update: June 2, 2017.