Regular Schedule: NEW FOR 2020 your recycling will be picked up WEEKLY. Your pick-up day has not changed. So, if your pick-up day was Thursday every other week, your day is still Thursday BUT you can now put it out every week! You can find the schedule and zone map provided by A.J. Blosenski here.
Holiday Schedule: Your pick-up day is pushed back one day from the day of the holiday to the end of the week. This means there will be Saturday pick-ups on occasion. So, if your regular pick-up day is Thursday, and Wednesday was a holiday, your recycling will be picked up on Friday that week.
Residents are entitled to one free, blue recycling container per household. If you would like to use additional containers that you purchase yourself, stickers are available at the Township Office to place on your containers. Please ensure the containers can be lifted by one person.
Recycling color-coded schedules including recycling zone maps are mailed to residents in January by A.J. Blosenski. The Township charges $20 annually for recycling services. Recycling charges are included in the Municipal Tax Bill received in the Spring.
Items to be recycled are listed below. Residents can commingle all recyclables including cans, bottles, plastic containers, paper, newspaper and cardboard.
The following materials are accepted under the current recycling contract:
- Clear glass containers
- Green glass containers
- Brown glass containers
- Aluminum cans
- Steel Cans
- Bi-metal cans
- Plastics with the recycle numbers 1-7
- Newspapers & inserts
- Cardboard & paper including magazines,cereal/light food boxes without contamination (Cardboard must be cut down to 24" or smaller pieces)
Excess recycling materials can be dropped off at Total Recycle (1270 Lincoln Road, Birdsboro - Thurs & Friday noon to 5pm or Sat 7am to noon). *Contact Total Recycle (866) 668-6825 for questions/concerns related to public drop-off.
If you have any questions regarding the recycling program, please contact the Township Office at (610) 779-5660.
COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AND INSTITUTION RECYCLING
Collecting and hauling recyclables is the responsibility of the business or institution and you are required to submit an annual report (provided by your hauler) to the Township annually. Different haulers may be necessary for different recyclables. See box of items to be recycled below:
Mandatory Items to be Recycled
- High-Grade Office Paper
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Marketable Grades of Paper
- Aluminum Cans
- Bimetallic & Steel Cans
- Amber Glass
- Clear Glass
- Green Glass
- Mixed Glass
- Leaf Waste
- Yard Waste
- Plastics #1 through #7 - including PET & HDPE Plastics
Other Items to be Recycled on a Voluntary Basis
- Scrap Metals
- Used Motor Oil
- Oil filters
- Batteries, Lead-Acid
- Nickel & Cadmium Bat.
- Auto Parts
- Construction Materials
- Consumer Electronics
- Ink Cartridges
- Fluorescent Tubes
- Food Waste
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Rubber Tires
- White Goods
Exeter is a Pennsylvania Act 101 Recycling Municipality mandating all residents, commercial establishments, and institutions to recycle according to the Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Ordinance (link is to off-site codification page). Violators will be fined from $100 to $1,000 per incident.
See the brush depository page for more information.
Worried about the mercury in those compact florescent light bulbs (CFL)? Well, Home Depot offers free recycling of them at all of their stores. You can read more about it on their website.
COUNTY-RUN RECYCLING COLLECTIONS
Twice a year the Berks County Solid Waste Authority runs collections for items that are more difficult to dispose of. They currently have separate collections for Paper Shredding and Household Hazardous Waste. Keep an eye out on the calendar or the newsletter for dates.
The County SWA has a full-time electronic waste collection center. See their website for more information. They also accept tires for recycling at the center on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8am to noon (additional fees apply).
AUTO BATTERY RECYCLING
Car and truck batteries can be dropped off at 2 locations for recycling. East Penn Manufacturing (Lyon Station, PA) and Exide Corporation (Reading, PA).
WHITE GOOD DISPOSAL
Every Saturday from 7am to 11am, the Pioneer Crossing Landfill offers disposal of "white goods" for residents of Exeter, Robeson, and Union Townships, and Birdsboro Borough. White goods are appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, etc. The appliances must be dropped off at the landfill. You must bring ID for proof of residency. Any appliance containing freon must have a sticker certifying they are now freon-free OR you will need to fill out a form stating that the item has not been tampered with and no hoses are broken. For more information, please call 610-582-2900.
The Exeter Township Police Department has a drop box for expired prescription drugs. You can find the box in the lobby, open Monday - Friday from 8-4:30.
AMERICAN FLAG DISPOSAL
Bring your old American flags to the Township Building during regular business hours for proper disposal in accordance with US Flag Code. Drop box can be found in the main Township lobby.