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Forks Township

Trash & Recycling

Forks Township’s New Waste and Recycling Contract - September 1, 2017

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


Service Information

Friday, September 1st, 2017 is the first day of automated collection using both of our new trash and recycling carts. Only materials contained in the trash and recycling carts will be collected. Your collection day of the week will stay the same. You will be notified of any changes should they occur in the future.

This new program is helping Forks contain escalating costs in the industry and your waste and recycling services will remain at $264 per year and will be billed quarterly along with the sewer bill.

Delivery of your new automated trash cart will begin Monday, August 21, 2017 and there will be no specific order in which they will be received. You will receive the same size trash cart as you received for the recycled cart. Should you experience any problems with your delivery, receive the wrong size, feel that your delivery was missed, please contact Public Works 610-438-2670.

What Do We Do With Our Old Trash or Recycling Containers?

You can no longer use your existing cans for trash or recycling collection, but you may keep them for yard waste storage and collection. In the event you do not want to use them for collection purposes, the Township will recycle all plastic and metal cans.

This can be done either of the following ways, but must be done by October 31, 2017:

  • Place the old can out on collection day with an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper taped to the can labeled “PLEASE TAKE.”
  • Drop your cans off at the new Forks Township Recycling Center, located at 1051 Frost Hollow Road.


What Goes into the Carts?

Trash Cart – Bag trash before placing into the cart. Lid must fully close in order for the cart to empty properly. Unclosed lids may result in litter. No yard waste is allowed due to PA state law.

Need Extra Trash Collected Occasionally? Stop by the township offices and purchase a tag for $3 each, affix the tag to your extra bag of trash, and place your bag curbside on your next collection day. There is no limit on the number of bags you can have collected in this manner.

Recycling Cart – No need to bundle, bag, or tie, but flatten or cut cardboard if needed to facilitate an easy release from the cart. No yard waste is allowed.

    YES, RECYCLE THESE!
    Aluminum and steel cans
    Glass – rinsed clear, brown and green bottles and jars, no lids
    Mixed Paper – office and school paper, newsprint, junk mail, paper bags, phone books, magazines, catalogs, envelopes, wrapping paper (no metallic or bows), New! shredded paper can now be recycled by placing it in clear plastic bags
    Cardboard – corrugated, shoe, gift, and cereal boxes, etc., cut or flatten as needed to release easily from the cart
    Plastics – bottles and containers, rinsed #1,2,3,4,5,6,7 on the bottom, no polystyrene (Styrofoam)
    New! Food and Beverage Cartons - includes milk, cream, egg substitutes, juice, soup, broth, wine and juice box cartons

    NOT RECYCLABLE
    Food contaminated items (i.e. pizza boxes)
    Plastic shopping bags or any type of plastic wrap or film
    Styrofoam
    Yard waste
    Electronics
    Food waste
    Any glass that is not a bottle, i.e. mirrors, ceramics, windows, light bulbs, etc.

Missed pickup or other collection issue? Contact our new hauler, County Waste at 1-800-832-1332


2017 Holiday Trash and Recycling Schedule

There will be no collection these holidays; and, the rest of the week following the holiday will be on a one-day delay.

    September 4, Monday, Labor Day
    November 23, Thursday, Thanksgiving
    December 25, Monday, Christmas Day
    January 1, 2018, Monday, New Year's Day


Special Collections (curbside, drop-off, household hazardous waste, electronics, paint, etc.)

2017 Forks Township Special Collections Summary Under the New Contract

  • Bulk Waste Collection – Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall; Weeks of September 25, 2017 and November 13, 2017
  • Yard Waste Collection - Spring and Fall; week of October 30, 2017
  • Leaf Collection – Fall beginning in October (provided by Forks Public Works)
  • Metal/White Goods Collection - Spring and Fall; week of October 9, 2017
  • Extra Trash or Bulk Item Collection – Residents can place these items curbside by purchasing tags for these materials at the Municipal Building and then affixing them to the items and placing them out on your regular collection day. $20 per bulk item and $3 per additional bag of household trash.


Bulk Waste Collection - Week of September 25, 2017 and November 13, 2017

Each residence can put out two (2) bulk items on their regularly scheduled collection day during these weeks. Bulk items include items too large to fit into the waste cart and are further defined as items having the approximate size and weight of a standard size sofa that can be carried by two (2) men. Examples include furniture, mattresses, rolled up and tied rugs no larger than 3’x6’. Unacceptable materials that will not be collected include construction materials, hazardous waste, electronics, tires, yard waste, grass clippings or additional household trash.

Can’t wait for the next quarterly collection? Stop by the township offices and purchase a tag for $20 each. Affix the tag to your bulk item and put it out curbside on your next collection day. No limit on the number of items you can have collected in this manner, but if it’s more than two (2), you will need to contact County Waste at 1-800-832-1332 so they can plan accordingly. .

Yard Waste Collection - Week of October 30, 2017

Yard waste is no longer allowed in landfills in the State of Pennsylvania. There will be (2) yard waste collections: one in the spring and one in the fall each year and these materials will be composted.
Unlimited amounts of yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, flowers, roots, bushes, garden clippings) will be collected curbside.
Place your materials curbside as follows:

  • Any clean, open-top container (use your former cylindrical, yellow recycling container, but NOT YOUR AUTOMATED CART)
  • Compostable brown paper bags available at certain grocery stores or online.
  • Tie with cotton or hemp twine in bundles no larger than 3’x3’x3’, and weighing no more than 40 lbs.
  • NO PLASTIC BAGS, OR PLASTIC OR SYNTHETIC ROPE, OR TWINE
  • NO grass clippings, tree stumps, loose soils, sod, any wood or tree limbs over four (4) inches in diameter; human or animal excrement; noxious weeds or soil contaminated with hazardous substances.

White/Metal Goods Collection - Week of October 9, 2017

Appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers (remove doors; no need to remove Freon), washers, dryers, hot water heaters, dehumidifiers, bicycles, and lawnmowers (oil and gas removed), BBQ grills (gas and/or charcoal removed), and various other household metal items.


Forks Township Recycling Center - 1051 Frost Hollow Road

Yard Waste and grass clippings are no longer permitted in landfills in Pennsylvania and not a township regulation, that's why we provide the Frost Hollow location for the yard waste and grass clippings so they can be disposed of according to PA DEP regulations. There will be 2 collections per year in the Spring and the Fall. The first collection under this contract will be the week of October 30th with the Spring collection to be announced in the beginning of the new year. Any other times during the year can be taken to the Yard Waste Site located at 1051 Frost Hollow Road on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday’s.

    Open August 18, 2017 to November 4, 2017

    • Tuesday & Wednesday 11am to 7pm
    • Saturdays 8am to 1pm

    Open November 5, 2017 to March 11, 2018

    • Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30am to 4:30pm
    • Saturdays 8am to 1pm

The Center will collect all of the following:

  • Single Stream Recycling - Residents will now be able to drop off all recyclables listed under curbside collection
  • Yard waste - Unlimited amounts of yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, flowers, roots, bushes, garden clippings)
  • Metal Items and White Goods - Appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers (remove doors; no need to remove Freon), washers, dryers, hot water heaters, dehumidifiers, bicycles, and lawnmowers (oil and gas removed), BBQ grills (gas and/or charcoal removed), and various other household metal items.
  • NO grass clippings, tree stumps, loose soils, sod, any wood, construction debris or tree limbs over twelve (12) inches in diameter; human or animal excrement; noxious weeds or soil contaminated with hazardous substances.
  • This facility is available for use by both Forks Township’s residents and businesses! Proof of residency will be required for yard waste.

Household Hazardous Waste, Electronics, and Paint, Etc.
Special events to collect these types of items are hosted by municipalities and various organizations at numerous nearby locations throughout the year. Many are sponsored by Northampton County. We will post information and links here as this information becomes available.



Upcoming Collection Events
2017 Electronics Flyer
2017 Household Waste Flyer
2017 ReStore Recycable Paint