Exeter Borough, Exeter, PA Borough of Exeter, PA

Exeter Municipal Building

Phone: 570-654-3001 | Fax: 570-654-8799
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

Trash and Single-Stream Recycling

Mandated Recycling

All Exeter residents and municipal, institutions and commercial establishments are mandated to recycle as per borough ordinance and provide recycling to all community events such as bazaars and sporting events.

Exeter residents can view and print the 2017 trash and recycling schedulehere as well as obtain the schedule at the Exeter Borough Building. The schedule is also available locally at Turkey Hill, UniMart, Sabatini's Pizza, Modern Market and the Donut Connection. Please note, you will need 8.5" x 14" printer paper.

What is single stream recycling?

It simply refers to a new system of recycling that takes the two recycling “streams” (mixed paper and comingled containers) and combines them into one recycling bin, hence creating a “single-stream.”

No more sorting! Single-stream recycling makes it convenient and easy for every household, business and school to achieve the highest goals of waste diversion from landfills.

Do I have to sort papers from bottles and cans?

No, with single-stream recycling all sorting is done at a recycling plant.

Will I be able to recycle more?

Yes. Single-stream programs add new materials that are acceptable to the recycling list which provides another reason recycling rates will increase and disposal rates decrease.

However, it is important that you only place clean non-hazardous recyclables in the bin on the acceptable list. One bin tends to encourage people to put everything in that seems recyclable. That’s why we need you to be a community full of educated, conscientious recyclers to make the program a huge success.

Besides being easy and convenient, why should my municipality convert to single-stream?

The overwhelming value of the single stream program is cost avoidance associated with collection and waste disposal. The convenience of single-stream results in higher participation which means less goes to the landfill. Higher landfill diversion not only lowers landfill fees but also qualifies your municipality for larger recycling performance grants.

In addition, the ability to collect all recycling in one versus two routes saves municipalities time and manpower that could now be reallocated to other services like grooming parks, cleaning storm water basins and patching roads, etc.

Multiple compartment trucks that are more costly to purchase and operate are no longer necessary, streamlining DPW fleets to single compartment trucks. Strained DPW budgets could perform more services without increasing fees to make yours a better community.

Are other communities using single-stream recycling?

Yes. Other communities diverting 50%, 60% even 70% of their garbage from the landfill have achieved these goals in part by adopting single-stream. It is anticipated that by 2014, 80% of recycling will be collected using single-stream method. Single-stream makes fiscal and environmental sense.

If everything gets mixed together, will single-stream recyclables still have value?

Yes. Single-stream recyclables have positive monetary value even in fair market conditions. State of the art equipment separates the mix into salable commodities.

How can I learn more about the recycling process?

Visit http://www.northeastcartage.com

Holiday Refuse

Exeter residents are reminded that when a holiday falls on a refuse day, your refuse will be picked up a day late. This applies to recycling as well.

Yard Waste

This includes shrubbery or grass clippings placed in open containers weighing less than 30 lbs. Tree limbs or trimmings are to be tied and bundled not exceeding 3' in length or 1/2" in diameter. Landscape company yard waste is to be taken away, not left curbside.


Leaves are to be raked to the curb. Place curbside any day to be collected with the vacuum leaf loader. Collection will be frequent during the leaf collection weeks. Please try to avoid parking which blocks access to leaf piles.

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Acceptable Recyclable Items

  • 1-7 Plastics
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cardboard
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Color Paper
  • Detergent Bottles
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Envelopes (window OK)
  • Egg Cartons
  • File Folders
  • Glass Jars & Bottles
  • Hard & Soft Cover Books
  • Juice & Milk Cartons
  • Junk Mail
  • Newspaper / Inserts
  • Magazines / Brochures
  • Multi 3-Ply Paper
  • White Paper
  • Paperboard Boxes
  • Phone books / Catalogs
  • Plastic Milk Jugs
  • Plastic Soda Bottles
  • Pots & Pans
  • School Papers
  • Small Metals
  • Tin Cans
  • Water Bottles

Non-Acceptable Recyclable Items

  • Drinking Glasses
  • Frozen Food, Ice Cream or Frozen Juice Containers
  • Hazardous or Bio-Hazardous Waste
  • Light Bulbs, Plates or Vases
  • Mirror, Ceramics or Pyrex®
  • Napkins
  • Needles
  • Paper to-go containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic 6-Pack Holders
  • Plastic Microwave Trays
  • Plastics Other Than Thos Listed
  • Scrap Metal
  • Shredded Paper
  • Stickers or Sheets of Address Labels (affixed address labels and stamps are OK)
  • Styrofoam®
  • Syringes
  • Tissues
  • Tyvek® Envelopes
  • Waxed Paper
  • Waxed Cardboard
  • Window Glass