Thursday, August 1st, 2019 is the first day of new municipal waste and collection contract with Advanced Disposal. The Township contract with Advanced expired and Allen Township solicited bids from other trash vendors. Advanced was the lowest bidder and was selected to remain as the Township trash vendor. The new Advanced Disposal contract term will be effective from August 1, 2019 until June 2022, unless otherwise extended pursuant to the terms of the contract. If the Township does not choose to extend beyond 2022, rebidding will occur in June 2021.
The biggest change in the contract is to the weekly limit of three 32-gallon bags or containers with a weight of no more than 50 pounds each. Your collection day of the week will remain the same as those dates referenced on the calendar mailed to you with the 2019 Municipal Waste and Recycling invoice in early February.
The new program enables Allen Township to contain escalating costs in the volatile industry and your waste and recycling services will remain at $280.00 (base) per year billed annually.
Need Extra Trash Collected Occasionally? Stop by the township offices & purchase a sticker for $3 each, affix the tag to your extra 32-gallon trash bag, and place your bag curbside on your next collection day. There is no limit on the number of bags you may have collected in this manner. The stickers are estimated to be available for purchase at the Township Building by July 25th, 2019. Please check the Township website for further details regarding availability.
Residents will continue to utilize the red recycling containers, which are available at the Township building. Recycling collection will continue on the existing bi-weekly schedule. While recycling amounts remain unlimited, the most important goal is to avoid contamination of valuable, clean recyclable materials in your recycling bins by not mixing these materials with un-recyclable junk – which include plastic bags, plastic wrap, straws and bottle caps. Please reference the "Recycling Right Allen Township & Advanced Disposal" information at the bottom of this article to determine the acceptable items and common recycling mistakes.
With regard to bulk collections, each residence can put out two (2) bulk items on the second week of each month along with the regularly scheduled collection during these weeks. Bulk items include those items too large to fit into normal garbage cans and are further defined as items having the approximate size & 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. For 2019, the Special Bulk Curbside collections will be accepted on:
• August 15th * September 12th
• October 17th * November 14th and December 12th
Can’t wait for the next bulk item collection? Stop by the township offices and purchase a tag for $25 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 is more than one (2), you will need to contact Advanced Disposal at 610-440-3711 so they can plan accordingly. The stickers are estimated to be available for purchase at the Township Building by July 25th, 2019. Please check the Township website for further details regarding availability.
Curbside collction of appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers (removal of doors and 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 will be accepted twice (Spring and Fall) per year on the following dates:
* October 10th, 2019 (Fall Collection) * May 7th, 2020 (Spring Collection)
Yard waste is no longer allowed in landfills in the State of Pennsylvania. Unlimited amounts of yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, flowers, roots, bushes, garden clippings) may be brought to the Allen Township Municipal Drop Off during the hours listed below. Proof of residency will be required for yard waste. For the Allen Township Yard Waste Drop Off hours:
* Monday through Friday (with the exception of Township holidays) 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
* NEW!!! Saturday Hours: June 29th, 2019 to October 26th, 2019 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
When dropping off your yard waste materials the following rules apply:
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.
** ITEMS WHICH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE ALLEN TOWNSHIP YARD WASTE DROP OFF SITE INCLUDE: 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
Additionally, Allen Township residents may utilize The First Regional Compost Authority Central Processing Site located at 6701 Weaversville Road. The Authority accepts the same Yard Waste as listed above as well as grass clippings. However, the Authority reserves the right to limit the amount of grass clippings accepted due to PADEP regulatory permit compliance. Consult the First Regional Compost Authority link for details. Allen Township recommends residents opt to recycle grass clippings on their properties as an alternate measure to bagging of grass clippings per the “Grasscycling” link below.
Click here Recycle Right Allen Township & Advanced Disposal Information
Click here for First Regional Compost Authority Information
Click here for Allen Township Grasscycling Information