Recycling options available in Greencastle-Antrim

David Lester and son Alex, 6, use Saturdays for a special time together. They always bring recyclable items to the Antrim Township Recycling Center.

Both the Borough of Greencastle and Antrim Township offer provisions for residents to dispose of recyclable items so they do not end up in the landfill, or in ditches along the roadways. The materials dropped off at approved centers or picked up by a licensed hauler typically end up at Mountain View Reclamation, on the outskirts of the township at 9760 Letzburg Road.

From there, landfill employees put the containers on transfer trailers to take to sorting facilities. The separated commodities are then shipped to processors and eventually used in the manufacture of new products.

Mountain View is required by DEP to accept three types of recyclable materials, but welcomes glass, aluminum, plastic, newsprint, metal, paper and cardboard in their single stream bins. Residents may drop off their unwanted materials during operating hours, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 7 to 11 a.m.

Greencastle residents are governed by Chapter 162, the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance. People may co-mingle clear glass, colored glass and aluminum, steel, bimetallic cans, and bagged or tied newsprint. Businesses may also set out corrugated paper and office paper. Everyone should keep the paper products separated. Waste companies are required to pick up recyclables weekly and set their own rules on what they take.

Antrim operates its Recycling Collection Center at 10655 Antrim Church Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. It is manned by Zach Myers. Items do not need to be separated. Allowed materials are clear and colored glass, tin, aluminum cans, newsprint, corrugated cardboard, plastics 1-7, office paper, magazines and junk mail.

Currently three dumpsters are in the fenced lot and fill up in nice weather. Myers said he averages 130 vehicles on a given Saturday, but people stay home during extreme weather.

Mountain View officials say of the local recycling efforts, “People are doing well, but they could do better.”