Trash and Recycling
Lower Macungie Township has contracted the services of Waste Management (contractor) for the collection and processing of residential garbage (municipal waste) and recyclable material. These contracted services do not pertain to Manufactured Home Parks, Apartments/Condominiums or Commercial establishments.
A full guide of What IS and IS NOT Collected for Trash / Recycling (Form for bulk item pick up is also located at the bottom of this page).
Services - Optional/Contractor
- Collection on private roads if accessible by truck can be added in certain areas but is subject to an annual fee.
- Curbside collection of yard waste - purchase grass bag tag at the Township building for $2.50 per bag.
- Large dumpsters for cleanups or remodeling jobs can be ordered directly through a hauler of your choice.
Weather - Inclement Weather Notices
- In case of inclement weather whereby trash collection is impractical, Waste Management will post notices of alterations or delays regarding collection on WFMZ Channel 69. Check for Waste Management - Allentown updates. Do not call the 800 number for Waste Management during inclement weather.
Click to view a list of Trash Days by Street Name and Development
2017 Trash Collection Holiday schedule
Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th - No holiday collection, Mon-Fri services will operate one day delay throughout the week.
July 4th - Tuesday, July 4th - No holiday collection, Tues-Fri services will operate one day delay throughout the week.
Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 4th- No holiday collection, Mon-Fri services will operate one day delay throughout the week.
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, Nov. 23rd - No holiday collection, Thurs-Fri services will operate one day delay remainder of the week.
Christmas Day - Monday, Dec. 25th - No holiday collection, Mon-Fri services will operate one day delay throughout week.
New Year’s Day - Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 - No holiday collection, Mon-Fri services will operate one day delay throughout the week.
*IF A HOLIDAY IS NOT NOTED ABOVE, THERE ARE NO TRASH DELAYS. TRASH & RECYCLING WILL BE COLLECTED ON YOUR NORMAL DAY.
CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION
Christmas trees will be picked up by Waste Management on your normal trash collection day (by separate truck) during the weeks of January 9th and January 16th 2017. Trees will not be accepted if they are in plastic bags, bound with twine and/or have any ornamentation on them, including lights. If you wish to remove your tree earlier, it can be taken to the Yard Waste Recycling Center at 5536 Indian Creek Road. The same rules regarding ornamentation apply. Please click here regarding the Yard Waste Center for hours of operation or call (610)966-4343, choose 4, and then choose 3. Christmas wreaths cannot be placed out with your tree or brought to the Yard Waste Center. Wreaths should be placed in with your trash.
- **Cut trees so they are more manageable and will fit in the truck. Trees larger than 6-7’ or weighing more than 50 lbs. should be cut in lengths not to exceed 5’.
- **Remove all ornaments, lights and decorative items.
- **Do not place wreaths or garland with your tree. These are not recyclable because of the wire binding. Discard wreaths and garland in your trash.
- **Do not bind the tree with rope, string or with a bag.
Interested in protecting the environment? Consider recycling your: Christmas light sets, extension cords, un-lit and pre-lit artificial Christmas trees. Click here for more information about this program.
RECYCLING CARTS - FAQs ( 65 and 35 gallon carts)
Click here for a short video from Waste Management on "Single Stream Recycling"
"Single Stream Recycling"
Waste Management and Lower Macungie Township has implemented a processing change for recyclables. The change (affecting only those households involved in Township contracted services) has provided for the recycling of more items in a timely manner. Residents can co-mingle all recyclables and place them in the recycling carts.
- Township supplied recycling carts
- cardboard boxes - can now be broken down, flattened and placed inside the recycling cart
- brown paper bags - can be used when shredding personal and sensitive documents. Place the shredded material inside the bag to avoid unnecessary debris blowing out of the recycling cart when it is being emptied. Also, newspapers & inserts, magazines & catalogs, junk mail & envelops and telephone books can now be placed in the recycling cart too.
- Aluminum and bi-metal beverage cans
- Steel cans (tin)
- Plastic soda bottles (PETE)
- Plastic milk and water bottles (HDPE)
- Clear, green and brown glass food containers
Recycling Rules and Regulations
The recyclable materials must be properly prepared before they are placed in the bins. All recyclables should be drained and free of food and other foreign materials. All cans, glass and plastic bottles should be rinsed and the lids must be removed. Plastic containers should be crushed to save space in your cart. The only glass items acceptable are food and beverage containers. Light bulbs, window glass, ceramics and dishes are not acceptable. Newspaper, junk mail, magazines and telephone books can now be placed in the cart since the lid will protect items from getting wet. Cardboard boxes can now be broken down and flattened and placed inside the cart.
The contractor will collect the recyclable materials at curbside every week. The contractor has the right to not empty any bin that does not meet the above regulations. The contractor may place a sticker on any bin not collected, detailing why it was not collected.
Make a difference! Help do your part to preserve the environment for you and your children.
All it takes is a few moments to separate recyclable materials from your trash.
Am I recycling correctly? Click here for some great information provided from Waste Management!
Some additional helpful hints: "Recycling - Myths & Tips"
Many recyclables can also be taken to: Allentown Recycling Center at 15th & Martin Luther King Boulevard in Allentown (610) 437-8729. There is no charge and they are open 24/7/365 days per year. They accept: corrugated (brown) cardboard, gray cardboard (paperboard), newspapers, mixed color paper, magazines, hard & soft cover books, phone books, cans, aluminum foil, pie plates, glass bottles, plastic bottles (#1-#7), metal items, clothing, drapes, etc.
Hinkle Transfer at 1725 Brookside Road, Wescosville accepts plastic, cans and glass (610) 366-7356. Hours of operation are weekdays 6:30 AM-4:00 PM.
Trash and Recycling Form
This form is only to be used by residents who are included in the Waste Management Contract. This form does not pertain to manufactured home parks, apartments, condominiums or commercial establishments, since they contract with their own waste hauler.