Coplay Borough - Celebrating 150 Years
98 South 4th Street / Coplay, Pa 18037 / 610-262-6088

Recycling / Solid & Yard Waste

New Recycling, Solid Waste and Yard Waste Ordinance 849 - effective 9/14/2021 CLICK HERE

Coplay Borough Recycling
We received notification from our recycling facilities on April 30, 2018.

  • Please DO NOT put your recyclables in plastic bags the film from the bags gets tangled up in the machinery. NO Shredded paper in Recycling.
  • Don't include food-soiled items-they can turn an entire load of recycling into trash.
  • Don't add sharp or dangerous materials like needles and electronics-they can cause injury to our workers.
  • Don't toss in tanglers like rubber hoses and wires-they can shut down an entire recycling center!
  • Don't include bulky items like propane tanks or construction debris.
  • Do recycle all empty bottles, cans, paper and no food contaminated cardboard. Pizza Boxes can be collected if the paper inside containing food is removed.
  • NO Styrofoam or Aluminum baking pans, they are considered trash and can not be recycled. Keep foods and liquids out of recycling. Keep plastic OUT of recycling.

Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste must be put out prior to 7AM.

No cans in excess of 35 lbs will be collected.
Items accepted for single stream curbside pickup.

Aluminum, steel (tin).

Breakdown and put in Recycling.

Bottles and jars lids are good (clear, green and brown).

Numbers 1 -7 in triangle, can be located on each top and bottom of any plastic recyclable container.

Home office paper, junk mail, magazines, telephone books, cereal boxes , paper towel rolls, soda boxes (paper board) flatten all cardboard. NO Shredded Paper.

Recycling Guide

Soft cover books / magazines.
No plastic or metal hangers.

Antifreeze/ Motor Oil
Do not dump into pipes! Antifreeze will contaminate drinking water.
Call local automotive center Rephs or Auto zone.

Recycle aluminum and/or steel (tin) for curbside pickup. For health purposes, rinse can thoroughly or run thru dishwasher and remove or push in sharp lids. Do not recycle food trays or foils.

Car or Truck Batteries
May be returned to any station or retail store that sells them. Also, automobile or lead acid batteries can be dropped off at Recycle Center.

Cardboard items, such as cereal boxes, soda boxes, towel rolls etc., Flatten and place in recycling container. Larger carboard pieces flatten and place bundles next to recycling containers, cannot be more than 3'x1'x1'.

Christmas Trees
Christmas trees are collected on Fridays till the end of January.


No Electronics of any type will be picked up at curbside by the Township Collector. This includes Telephones, keyboards/Mice, LCD Monitors, Stereos & Speakers, Printers/Fax Machines, Small Appliances, DVD Players/VCR's/Microwaves, Computer Monitors. Please see the firms below that will take the material.

  • DRC Technologies
  • AERC Recycling Solutions of Allentown
  • Aplus of Allentown provide an electronics recycling service. Computers, monitors, printers, laptops, keyboards, radios, stereos, modems, TV's ($30 fee), VCR's, microwaves, telephones, etc., are accepted.

The following are firms that take electronic material for recycling and contact information.

DRC Technologiess
2005 Main Street
Northampton, PA 18067

415 N. 15th St.
Allentown, PA 18102
Phone 610-821-5550, 1-800-253-7029

Recycling - News and Updates

We offer BOROUGH WIDE weekly recycling pick up of ALL recyclable materials EVERY Thursday. This curbside pick up will include co-mingled glass, plastics, paper, and cardboard. Residents should be aware that the following co-mingled recyclables are accepted: aluminum cans (beer & soda), plastic bottles, jars, tubs, and buckets #1 through #7 (this includes soda, water, milk, juice, liquor, shampoo, detergent, condiments, salad dressing, yogurt, margarine, pet food, etc.),clear, brown, green glass bottles/jars (food and drink only), metal food cans (tin/steel), metal lids, metal pots and metal pans. Please empty containers prior to placing them out for pick up. Recyclables should be put in an old garbage can or other sturdy container. DO NOT place in bags! Plastic grocery store bags can be returned to the store for recycling.

We CANNOT accept ceramic cups or dishes, coffee mugs, Pyrex, glasses, light bulbs or windows. Styrofoam is not recyclable.

Oil-based paint is a combustible material. Call 610-782-3073 for more information. Be prepared to describe the type of material, the size of the container, and the approximate volume remaining in the container so that they can offer suggestions for disposal.

Latex Paint Disposal
Remove and discard the paint can lid, make sure the paint can is 1/2 full or less, add clay-based kitty litter so that the can is about 3/4 full, stir paint/kitty litter mixture if liquid paint remains add more kitty litter, allow paint/kitty litter mixture to air dry until hard approximately 1-2 days and than dispose of can in the garbage without the lid. DO NOT PUT LID BACK ON!

Brush, Leaves & Grass
By offering this separate pickup from garbage we are able to keep it out of our landfills thus keeping fees down and adhering to DEP guidlines. Brush is picked up on Fridays ( Mid April through October 1st).
Leaves will be picked up on Friday's from October 1st till December.
In adhering to new regulation from DEP and receiving facility, NO GRASS will be collected, we have provided a drop off location at 1 Bridge Street. Borough will pick up Branches & Brush on Friday should be placed in open containers or tied with a single twine string no heavier than 35 lbs (weight deemed safe for one individual to lift). Containers exceeding this limit will NOT be collected. Check the newsletter calendar for collection dates!

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Whether it is in an effort to save energy or reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, many people have made the switch to CFL bulbs. Qualified CFL bulbs use up to 75% LESS energy then incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer! While this is an effective, accessible change anyone can make, you should know that CFL bulbs contain a very small amount of mercury, sealed within the glass tubing; because of this, they should be recycled. Please bring CFL bulbs to the borough office for proper disposal, there is NO additional fee for this service.


What else can I recycle?
Mixed office paper (magazines, paperboard, envelopes, etc.) Newspaper & phone books (non shredded)
Plastic bottles, narrow-necked jugs & jars, Steel & aluminum cans
Glass bottles and Corrrugated cardboard. Pizza Boxes can be put out, but paper inside with food waste must be thrown away. No aluminum pie or food tins which have been contaminated with solid waste.

What Day is Recycling?
Every Thursday except when it falls on a Holiday

Where can I get a recycle Bin?
Borough Office
98 S. 4th Street
Monday- Friday 8-3:45PM

When is Brush, Leaves picked up?
Brush & Leaves are picked up from April to December on Fridays, Brush from May till October 1st and Leaves from October 1st till end of December.

Twigs, branches can be no more than 3ft long, must be cut and tied.

Plant waste can be put with grass but can not have fruit or vegetables and must be free of dirt. Grass & Plant waste can be dropped off at 1 Bridge Street.

Borough of Coplay
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