Recycle – It’s The Law! In accordance with Act 101 of 1988, Pennsylvania Legislature, recycling is mandatory in the Borough of New Cumberland. Residential customers are required to place recyclable materials in a recycling bin, properly marked “recycling”.

The following materials should be co-mingled and placed in a recycling bin: cardboard boxes, pizza boxes, food boxes, paper towel & toilet paper rolls, paperboard packaging, office paper, shredded paper, newspaper and inserts, magazines and catalogs, junk mail and envelopes, paper bags, phone books; #1 and #7 containers and bottles; clear, brown, and green glass food and beverage containers; aluminum beverage cans, steel food and beverage cans, aerosol cans.

Click here for the Cumberland County Residential Recycling & Disposal Guide

Preparing Your Materials

Penn Waste’s single stream recycling facility allows you to place all of your recyclables in one container for collection. No sorting is needed. Below are a few tips to ensure the items you recycle are able to be processed after pickup. These steps help ensure that your recycling efforts are contributing to a greener future.

Cleaning & Preparing Your Materials

Rinsing containers to remove food or product residue helps ensure the materials you recycle are able to be processed after pickup. This can also help reduce odor and insects around the area in your home where your recycling container is stored.

Products heavily damaged or soiled may not be recycled and should instead be placed in your waste container.

Tips To Get Ready for Pickup

Placing your bin in the appropriate area for pickup and following the simple steps below will help ensure your materials are collected on your designated pickup days:

  • Check the weather. If the weather forecast calls for high winds or rain, keep your recycling inside until the following week, if possible. Wet paper is more difficult to process.
  • Place your bin out on the scheduled pickup day.
  • Ensure any loose paper or light cardboard is covered with heavier materials. This will help ensure your materials do not blow out of the bin
  • Bundle any large or loose pieces of cardboard that will not fit inside your recycling bin.
  • Collect your recycling container as soon as possible after pickup to prevent it from blowing away.
  • Additional details about cane be found Recycling Guidelines information provided by Penn Waste.


If you have any questions about Penn Waste’s residential recycling services, call (717) 767-4456 or Contact Us.

Electronic Recycling

Since 2013, by law Penn Waste stopped collecting electronic waste. New Cumberland Borough residents can recycle their electronics at Cumberland County’s Electronics Recycling Center is located at 1001 Claremont Road in Carlisle. Visit their website here for more information.