Can I put all my recyclables (paper, plastic, glass etc.) in one recycling bin?
No, paper must be separated from other recyclables. You may commingle glass, plastic, etc. but paper should be in either its own container or a paper bag beside the recycling bin.
Does the Township provide refuse and recycling containers? How do I request one?
The Township provides recycling containers only. The resident must provide their own refuse container with a capacity of no more than 45 gallons for a standard can, or no more than 20 gallons for a mini-can. Residents may purchase the refuse container of their choosing through any retailer. To request recycling containers, please fill out the Solid Waste change form.
How often is refuse/recycling picked up?
Refuse is collected every week. Recycling is collected every other week. Please see the Recycling Schedule to determine your collection day and recycling week.
I am a new homeowner in the Township and want to make sure my trash gets picked up. How do I start service?
Please fill out this form to ensure you are subscribed to the correct level of service.
How do I change my Solid Waste subscription?
Existing homeowners can use this form to add more cans or add Rear Yardcollection to their subscription. Decreases in service level are only allowed during the month of December.
How does the Township define “curbside collection”?
Curb-side collection is defined as any point within five feet of the curb line. Any collection point beyond five feet is considered an enhanced level of service, or rear-yard collection.
How much are my subscription fees?
The basic one-container subscription has changed from the 2016 rate of $292 to $307 for 2017. Each additional container costs an additional $61.
For those who place refuse/recycling for collection at the curb, no further fees were incurred.
Solid Waste Fee Subscriptions
One Mini-Can (20-gallon container)
1 Container (up to 45-gallons)
Rear Yard Collection Fee (optional)
Is curbside collection mandatory for multi-family units or townhomes?
All multi-family dwellings of four units or less are required to subscribe to Township solid waste collection by choosing a container level per unit as well as the rear yard collection option per unit if the collection point(s) for the refuse and recycling generated is more than five feet from the curb.
What will happen if I don't comply with curbside collection?
Households that do not subscribe to Rear Yard Collection will be required to place their trash at the curbside, which is within five-feet of the curb line. If you fail to do so, you will be given a notice of violation. Violations beyond two violation notices will result in automatically being charged and separately billed the full annual $210 RYCF.
What will be the cost to receive Rear-Yard Collection?
Customers who prefer to place their refuse/recycling further than five-feet from the curb line will now be required to subscribe to this service. The cost to receive rear yard collection will be an additional $210 annually.
Citizens who currently receive rear-yard collection may opt to discontinue this level of service to avoid the $210 fee.
Customers who do not subscribe to rear-yard collection will be required to place their trash for collection at the curb line. Rear-yard trash containers will not be collected without a subscription for this enhanced level of service.
What about households where no one is physically able to place their refuse/recycling within five-feet of the curb line?
The Township offers a program to exempt qualified disabled homeowners who meet certain criteria from paying the fee to maintain rear yard collection service. Customers who wish to apply for this exemption can obtain an application here or call the Township’s Public Works Department at (610) 645-6150 for an application.
A waiver of the rear yard collection fee will be granted when the subscriber’s application includes a doctor's confirmation that he or she is disabled and not able to transport a 50- pound refuse container to the curb for collection. Waivers will not be granted to those who reside with others who are physically capable of bringing trash containers to the curbside.
If a subscriber has previously filed a waiver form along with documentation from their doctor indicating a permanent disability, the Township will allow the annual waiver form to be re-certidfied by the disabled subscriber (without a doctor's signature). The subscriber must also re-certify that there are no others residing in the home who are physically capable of brinigng the trash to the curbside. All other requests for a disability waiver must be submitted along with confirmation of the disability form their doctor.
Are there any incentives to reduce trash disposal?
Charging increased fees for each container set out for collection is an incentive for citizens to decrease the amount of waste generated at their household. A further incentive to reduce trash disposal was the creation of the new “mini-can” option. This option is available only to subscribers whose one-container level of service is a maximum 20-gallon capacity. The “mini-can” subscription level would actually lower the annual fee to $215 for those choosing that option.
There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can place for collection.
Does the Township offer a Senior Citizens Discount?
The Township currently offers Solid Waste customers that meet certain requirements, including income levels, a Senior Citizens rebate, which is 20% of the single container subscription. Applications forms are available on www.lowermerion.org or you may call (610) 645-6146 for more information.
NOTE:Senior Citizens rebates are not applicable to the Mini-Can subscription level or for Rear Yard Collection.
How does the Township define a container size?
Customers throughout the Township use many different sizes of trash cans. One standard container is defined as a container with a capacity of up to 45-gallons.
I currently have a 30-gallon container. Can I increase the size of my container to reduce my current subscription level?
The Township will accept up to a 45-gallon container (weighing up to 50 pounds) for collection. Citizens whose current containers are smaller than 45-gallons may be able to reduce their subscription level and subsequent fees by purchasing the maximum capacity container. Each household should carefully consider the subscription level and container size that works best for them. Remember: regardless of size, no container can contain more than 50 pounds of refuse/recycling.
When will I choose my subscription level for 2018?
The 2018 subscription form is at the bottom of the subscription letter mailed to customers in early November. Selections must be made and returned by mid-December (specific date TBA) and are effective January 1, 2018.
If I don't want to change my level of service, do I need to return the subscription form?
It is encouraged, but not required. It is not necessary for all solid waste collection customers to return the subscription form. However, due to the new fee schedule implemented in 2017, residents should take this opportunity to reassess their choices and report their subscription levels to the Township.
What is the current method for Township refuse and recycling refuse pick-up?
The Township provides collection and disposal services to all single-family dwellings, all two-family dwellings and all apartments containing four or fewer dwelling units. Collection by the Township is optional for residential buildings of five to fifty units, but not from dumpsters. The Township does not collect commercial waste.
Trash is collected once a week at curbside or from the rear yard by municipal employees. Residents are also required to recycle plastic, glass, aluminum food and beverage containers (comingled) and mixed paper which is collected once every two weeks by municipal employees. Residents are charged a Solid Waste Fee based on their container subscription level. There is no limit on recyclables.
What is the Solid Waste Fund (SWF)?
The SWF is an enterprise fund which is intended to be self-supporting through user fees charged for services to residential customers. The purpose of the SWF is to account for revenues and expenditures related to the state mandated disposal of refuse and recycling.
Will my trash still be picked up once a week if a new collection option is selected?
Yes, there would still be weekly trash collection. Recyclables would continue to be collected every two weeks.
Should residents rake leaves into the street?
Residents should be aware that under no circumstances are leaves to be raked into the street for pick-up by these machines. A street sweeper is not designed to handle bulk leaves and the contractor is instructed to go around raked out leaves.
Why doesn’t the Township collect leaves raked into the street?
The Township does not collect leaves in the street because of the sheer volume, the number of roadway miles for which the Public Works Department is responsible and the staffing it would take to accomplish such a task. Also, leaves piled in the street are considered a hazard. They wash into and clog storm sewers, they are slippery when wet and they can be a fire hazard to parked cars with hot exhaust.
What should residents do with their leaves?
Leaves from private property are to be put in biodegradable paper bags and placed by the curb for collection. They will be collected by Township personnel and taken to the Township’s compost site. It is ILLEGAL to burn leaves in the Township.
Where can residents purchase leaf bags?
Leaf bags can be purchased for .52 cents a bag plus tax, and $27.50 for 50 bags plus tax, at the Township’s Transfer Station, which is located at the Koegel Public Works Complex in Penn Valley, 610-667-1952 or at local hardware and home centers.
Where do I call to...
Report a pothole: 610-645-6150
Find out about snow removal and salting operations:
During a declared snow emergency: 610-726-7127 (storm command center)
After snow emergency has been suspended: 610-645-6150 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
For police, fire, or medical emergencies: 911
Report a missing or damaged street sign: 610-645-6150
Request a new street name sign: 610-645-6150
Request a no parking, speed limit or stop sign: 610-645-6260; Traffic Safety - Police
Report a storm water problem: 610-645-6150
Inquire about the Township’s recycling program: 610-667-1952 or 1953
To find out when my trash is collected: 610-667-1952 or 1953
Get a copy of the trash and recycling schedule: 610-667-1952 or 1953
For non-emergencies, please call the Public Works office at 610-645-6150 during normal working hours 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For non-emergencies after hours and on weekends, contact the Lower Merion Township Police Department at 610-649-1000.
The Refuse and Recycling Division Office is located at the Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex, 1300 Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley, PA 19072. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The telephone number is: 610-667-1952 or 610-667-1953. Saturday Telephone # 610-667-7035 for the Scale House.
How do I report a problem with, or learn more about, my refuse and recycling collection?
Each year in January the Township mails to all Township residents a packet containing information on refuse and recycling collection and the holiday collection schedule for the year. Should you have any questions about your refuse and/or recycling, or should you want an additional copy of this packet, please contact the Refuse Division at 610-667-1952.
How often does refuse and recycling collection occur?
Refuse is collected once a week between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Place it out before 7:00 a.m. so that your collection is not missed. Refuse collected curb side should be put out after 7:00 p.m. the night before collection. All containers must be retrieved no later than the end of the day of collection. For rear yard collection, driveways must be cleared of all vehicles on collection day.
Are there any days that the Township does not collect refuse or recycling?
Refuse and/or recyclable items are not collected on: New Years’ Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. You can also use a Township search form to determine your Refuse and/or Recycling holiday collection day.
How do I schedule the collection of additional refuse not provided for under the subscription level of refuse collection?
Bulky items and large appliances may not be placed out for regular refuse collection. You may obtain a Special "pick-up" application at the Public Works Department on the first floor in the Township Administration Building, 75 E Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, or at the Public Works Complex, 1300 N Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley or by download here (PDF). There will be an additional charge for this collection based on the amount or size of the item. You can save the pick up fee by bringing these items or additional refuse beyond your subscription level to the Public Works Complex where you will only be charged a disposal fee.
Bulky items, large appliances and other items normally collected with a special pickup are:
Auto Parts (150 lb. limit)
Couch or Sofa
Freezer (door removed)
Luggage or Trunk
Playground Equipment (dismantled)
Refrigerator (doors removed)
Toilet or Commode
Wood (over 3 ft. long)
Items other than those listed above may be subject to non-collection, in which case the fee for Special pick-up will be refunded.
What items can I recycle?
Recyclables include commingled items, mixed paper, and textiles. Commingled items include green, brown and clear glass; #1 through #7 plastics; and metal and bi-metallic food and beverage cans. You may have lids on these items. Place your commingled items in the yellow recycling bin supplied by the Township.
Mixed paper includes newspapers, magazines, catalogs, "junk mail", telephone books, notebooks and school papers (including spiral bound books), soft and hardback books and textbooks, shopping and pet food bags (without plastic liners), chipboard packaging (including nonperishable food boxes), beer and soda cartons and six-pack packaging, cracker, cake and cereal boxes (without plastic pouches or inserts). Mixed paper is to be tied or placed in brown kraft-type paper bags next to your recycling bin.
Corrugated cardboard is also accepted. Cardboard boxes must be broken down to 4' x 4' x12".
Textiles consist of clothing and fabric. Textiles are not collected by Township crews. They can, however, be taken to the Township’s recycling drop-off center located at the entrance to the Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex, 1300 Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley.
How do I dispose of leaves?
Leaves must be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags only for weekly collection on your normal collection day. Plastic bags not accepted. You may purchase the biodegradable brown paper bags from your local hardware stores or the Transfer Station at the Public Works Complex on Woodbine Avenue. The charges for the leaf bags are $0.52 per bag or $26 for 50 bags (plus tax).
Leaves are not to be raked, blown, or dumped in Township parks or properties. Leaves from residents' property are not to be raked or blown into the street. IT IS ILLEGAL TO BURN LEAVES IN THE TOWNSHIP.
How do I dispose of shrubbery and tree trimmings?
Small shrubs and tree trimmings may be placed in biodegradable paper bags. Other trimmings no larger than four feet in length, six inches in diameter, and bundled no more than eighteen inches in diameter can be placed for collection. Branches may be brought to the Transfer Station if under six feet in length. Logs six inches to eighteen inches in diameter may be disposed of by way of the pit for a charge of four cents a pound. We do not accept logs over eighteen inches in diameter. BURNING BRANCHES AND TWIGS IS ILLEGAL in the Township.
How do I dispose of grass clippings?
Grass clippings are not recycled by the Township. They may be disposed of with your regular refuse. Do not mix grass with other yard waste which is recycled. A recommended disposal method is to leave grass clippings on your lawn as they act as a natural fertilizer and can help improve the soil.
How do I dispose of motor oil?
While the Township does not accept motor oil for recycling, the following service stations will do so: Haliman Sunoco, Woodside & Lancaster Avenues, Ardmore; Fritsch’s Exxon, Montgomery & Woodside Avenues, Ardmore; Mike’s Amoco, 500 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford; and Laird’s Gulf, 949 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth.
You can also bring it to the Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Koegel Complex in Penn Valley. This is usually held on Sunday in October and will be advertised well in advance on this website and on social media.
How do I dispose of items considered to be hazardous?
Montgomery County sponsors collection weekends each year in October. This program will allow residents to dispose of hazardous waste which includes, but is not limited to, automotive products such as motor oil and antifreeze; paint products such as turpentine, paint remover and furniture stripper; household pesticides, herbicides, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, rug cleaner and other items such as swimming pool chemicals, asphalt sealer, etc.
May municipal trash containers be used for household trash?
Depositing household or business trash into containers located in municipal parking lots is prohibited.
How do I increase my Solid Waste Fee container selection?
You may increase your container selection to a higher level at any time during the year by filling out the Solid Waste Change form located at http://www.lowermerion.org/swchange. The full annual cost differential between each level will be charged.