Volunteer Recycling Program at Hopewell Township Building


WELCOME! If you have wondered what you can do to become more ecologically active and help our society become more sustainable, you've come to the right place!

 THE NEXT RECYCLING DAY IS:  October 5th, 2019

       Recycling your personal waste material keeps it out of our rapidly filling landfills, gives it a new life as another product, lessens our need to keep finding and mining new raw materials and may help you to think about your own purchasing and consuming choices. All that with just a little bit of extra effort?

      Give it a try! See when, where and how listed below - 

When? - First (1st) calendar Saturday of each Month from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where? - Hopewell Township Building, 415 Three Square Hollow Road, Newburg, PA 17240  (Hopewell Township Building Mapquest Map

Contact? - Hopewell Township 717-423-6582 or [email protected]

Wanna' HELP? We're always looking for folks to help out on our monthly recycling Saturdays. We unload 200 - 300 vehicles in 4 hours, with safety and efficiency in mind. The pay is, well, non-existent, but the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a worthy contribution is priceless. Flexible hours, friendly co-workers, and the overall labor effort is always kept EZ-as-we-can-make-it. Clubs, Organisations, and/or Civic Groups welcome. For more information, please contact us through this website or through Hopewell Township. THANKS! 

What can I bring?

NEW - JULY 2019 - We will not be able to take ANY GLASS products for the foreseeable future.  HERE are some links that explain the situation:      *https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/recycling/blogs/pain-glass-problem-single-stream-recycling  *https://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/2017/09/28/glass-bottles-no-longer-recycled/713686001/                                                                          Please watch this space for future changes as the status of different materials in the Recycling and Commodities markets change.     

* YES  - Newspapers & Inserts, Magazines & Catalogs                                                                                                                                                           * YES  - Office paper (any color)

* YES  - Corrugated Cardboard boxes (cardboard with the wavy center when torn)

* YES  - Cereal, Soda, Tissue Boxes and other Paperboard packaging that tears brown or grey

* YES  - Paper Towel and Toilet Paper cores

* YES  - Paper Bags & Phone Books

* YES  - Aluminum Beverage Cans (beer, soda, etc.)

* YES  - Metal Food and Beverage Cans and their Lids (tin/steel cans)

* YES  -  Plastic Bottles and Containers (Soda, Water, Milk, Juice, Liquor, Shampoo, Detergent, Condiments, Salad dressings, etc.)


 * YES  - "Asceptic" containers - waxy cartons like those that typically hold milk or juice.

     ***All of the categories/items listed above can be mixed together in the same container ("co-mingled"). Please make sure the recycleables have been cleaned of the original material (food, shampoo, oil, etc.) ***

 We can also take the following, but please keep each category separate:

STYROFOAM - Packaging, coolers egg cartons, etc., usually with a #6 symbol. Please remove any labels and/or tape. No "soft" foam or packing peanuts.

COMPUTER - Computers and computer parts, including printers, keyboards/mice, FLAT SCREEN (no CRT) monitors, wiring, phones.

EYEGLASSES - Any used prescription or reading glasses.

CELL PHONES / SMALL ELECTRONICS  - Any used cell phones, PDAs, pagers, Ipods, etc. These will be included with the batteries, so NO LARGE ELECTRONICS..

SCRAP METAL - Any items or appliances that are mostly made of metal of any sort EXCLUDING refrigerators, A/C units or anything with Freon.

LEAD ACID BATTERIES - Lead-acid types (car, motorcycle, lawn mower, most UPS power backup, etc.)                  

NOW TAKING DRY CELL BATTERIES  - Any regular dry cell, Alkaline, NiCad, NiMh or Lithium Ion. Includes AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt, button or lantern single cells, and battery packs such as from cell phone, laptop, power tools, etc.   Please tape the terminals of the square 9 volt cells. NO LEAKING or HEAVILY CORRODED batteries, please.

 NOW TAKING COMPUTER and AUDIO MEDIA - Any CD, CDR, CD-RW, DVD, Blu-Ray, 3.5" floppy, 5.25" floppy, ZIP or JAZZ disks and cases. ALSO, any AUDIO (cassette, 8-track, etc.) or VIDEO (VHS, etc.) TAPES.


  • NO  - Ceramics, Dishes, Coffee mugs, or Drinking glasses
  • NO  - Glass cookware (Pyrex, Vision Ware, etc.)
  • NO  - Window glass, Mirrors, or Light bulbs
  • NO  - Plastic bags, dirty Styrofoam containers, or packaging peanuts
  • NO  - Food-soiled materials 
  • NO  - Tissues, Paper Towels (cores OK)
  • NO  - Tyvek envelopes
  • NO  - Carbon Paper
  • NO  - Coat Hangers
  • NO  - Electronics other than computer-related
  • NO  - Aerosol cans

NEW - January 2019 : RECYCLE your Agricultural Plastic!                       To find out what on your Farm or Greenhouse can be RECYCLED instead of DISPOSED, contact Justin at (717) 658-9660 or see the website at:  http://www.agplasticsolutions.com                                        To listen to a very informative discussion on Plastic Recycling in PA, featuring Ron TheBagMan (http://www.ronthebagman.com), click here: http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2019/01/is-there-a-clean-solution-to-plastic-waste.php


For information on recycling specific materials that we don't take, please go to the Links tab on this site and see the "RECYCLE IT" section.


    Cumberland County has some excellent information and programs related to recycling of all forms, including ELECTRONICS recycling. See their website (link below), type 'Recycling' into the search bar, and click the 'GO!' button to see up-to-date info and offerings:         https://www.ccpa.net


 Here are some GENERAL ideas - check with the individual retailer to see what they will take.   

  • STAPLES office supply has their own electronics recycling program, and will take computers, printers, flat-screen monitors and phones at no cost.   
  • Flourescent Light Bulbs  -  Home Improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowes)

  • Power Tool Battery Packs   -   Home Improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowes)

  • Plastic Shopping Bags  -  Many grocery and variety stores (Giant, Walmart)

  • Used Motor Oil/Anti-freeze/Brake Fluid  -  Many auto parts stores (Advance, Autozone)

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