Solid Waste, Recycling, Leaf Collection & Household
Fall Leaf Collection Program
The New Hope Borough Department of Public Works conducts an annual fall leaf collection program on Wednesdays, with this year’s program beginning October 5 and ending November 30. All leaves must be placed in plastic or paper bags. Bags must be tied and placed at the curb for collection. Property owners should ensure bags are not placed in the street and especially that they are not blocking storm water basins or drainage-ways. For additional information, please contact Tom Carroll, the Borough's Director of Public Works, at 215-862-3031. Check out this information for some great, environmentally-friendly alternative ideas to manages leaves.
Solid Waste Collection and Disposal and Recycling Collection
New Hope Borough residents and businesses contract directly with haulers for solid waste collection and disposal services and the collection of recyclables. The haulers listed below collect solid waste and recyclables in New Hope. Check the Yellow Pages for additional haulers providing service in the area.
Haulers are authorized to collect in the Borough between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday, pursuant to Ordinance No. 2007-11, adopted September 19, 2007.
Solid waste services by haulers in New Hope also include the collection of certain recyclable materials. Residents should check with their haulers to find out if recycling containers are supplied and, if not, to determine the appropriate container to purchase.
Haulers collect the following recyclable materials at curbside from residential properties in New Hope Borough.
Newsprint, magazines, phone books, and catalogues should be stacked twelve (12”) inches high and tied with twine or placed in paper bags. Plastic bags or tape of any kind may not be used for this purpose.
Corrugated and pressed paper or cardboard must be clean, not soiled, should not exceed 2 ft. by 2 ft. in size, and must be open and flat. Corrugated paper and cardboard products should be stacked twelve (12”) inches high and tied with twine or placed in paper bags, separate from newsprint, magazines, etc. Cardboard products include cereal and pasta boxes, toilet tissue and paper towel tubes, and clean pizza boxes.
Check with your hauler to determine if additional items are collected as part of its recycling program. For example, some residential haulers also collect #3 thru #7 plastic bottles and jars.
Haulers contracted by commercial and institutional establishments in New Hope collect corrugated paper (cardboard); high-grade office paper; aluminum, steel and bimetallic cans; and clear, green and brown glass.
Haulers servicing multi-family dwellings are required to collect the same list of recyclables as residential haulers.
For additional information about recycling programs in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Environmental Protection's web site.
Charitable Vehicle Donations
Wheels for Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley, is offers a convenient alternative to selling or trading in your vehicle. Donate your car, truck, motorcycle, SUV, RV or boat to a charity car donation program, 'Wheels for Wishes'. The vehicle donation process is quick and easy and eliminates the hassle of selling a vehicle at the same time. There is no need to place an expensive ad to sell a car, take repeated phone calls, show a vehicle over and over again or haggle over a sales price. Proceeds from the sale of the donated vehicles go to Wheels for Wishes benefiting the Make-A-Wish Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley.
You can help disabled veterans by donating a car, truck, boat, RV, ATV, or motorcycle, whether the vehicle runs or not, to Vehicles for Veterans. Your vehicle donation helps support veterans' programs that provide strength and encouragement to the disabled veterans who have served our country. For more information go to Vehicles for Veterans.org or call 1 855 811 4838.
Two other groups that accept vehicle donations include: Veteran Car Donations and Goodwill Car Donations.
If you have an older, working second refrigerator or freezer in your garage or basement, it may be costing you more money than you think. Did you know that it could use three times more electricity than a newer model, consuming nearly $150 in energy each year?
With this in mind, it doesn't make sense to hold on to it, especially when PECO will:
PECO and JACO Environmental have teamed up to offer this unique program designed to save energy and help the environment. You must be a PECO residential delivery services customer, and your refrigerator or freezer must be:
Program funding is limited. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. For additional information call 888-5-PECO-SAVE or visit www.peco.com/smartideas.
Pennsylvania Electronics Recycling Program
The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA, House Bill 708), Act 108 of 2010, requires manufacturers to provide recycling programs for desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions sold to consumers in Pennsylvania beginning in January 2012.
Desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. All of these devices are required to be properly recycled. For more information regarding the CDRA requirements, the environmental benefits of electronics recycling and the locations of electronic recycling centers in Bucks County, visit ewastePA.org, check with local retailers, or download this file on Electronic Bucks Recycling April 2015.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program is sponsored jointly by the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. The counties contract with a private firm to accept, consolidate, package, transport, and properly recycle, process or dispose of household hazardous waste, excluding computers and related equipment, televisions, and small appliances. Five regular collection events are held yearly in Bucks County. For more information on this year’s collection sites in Bucks County or neighboring counties, contact the Bucks County Planning Commission at 215-345-3414.
New Hope Borough Solid Waste Regulations
Chapter 223, Article III, Section 223-25C of the Code of the Borough of New Hope establishes regulations for the accumulation, storage, collection, and disposal of solid waste. Section 223-25C of the Code states that refuse containers shall be placed just inside the curb or street line, not less than five (5') feet from a side property line, for collection between the hours of 4:00 P.M. on the day prior to collection and 7:00 P.M. on the day of collection. No container may be placed in such a manner as to block a sidewalk or pedestrian walkway or to hinder the safe passage of motor vehicles.
Individuals, who place trash at the curb on days or at times prohibited by ordinance or who otherwise violate the provisions of Chapter 223, may be subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 per violation.
Other important requirements of Chapter 223 are summarized below.
No person owning and/or occupying a property shall permit any municipal waste to accumulate for a period of longer than seven days upon property in the Borough of New Hope, owned and/or occupied by said person.
2. Regulations for Residential and Non-residential Properties.
Every person shall provide adequate and sufficient containers for receiving and holding municipal waste.
Municipal waste containers, other than those used for the storage or collection of recyclables, shall be made of durable, watertight, rust resistant material having close fitting lids, doors or covers and handles to facilitate collections, or durable, watertight plastic bags. Only residential property owners may use durable plastic bags for storage and collection of municipal waste. Non-residential uses and properties must use durable, watertight, rust resistant containers for storage and collection of municipal waste.
Municipal waste containers shall be of sufficient capacity to hold accumulated refuse until the time of collection.
Municipal waste containers shall be maintained in good repair. The containers shall be free of all liquids and residual solids and shall be periodically cleaned.
Municipal waste stored outside of buildings shall be stored in containers of suitable size, shape and material so as to prohibit the waste from being scattered by wind or rain and shall prohibit accessibility of such waste to rodents and other vermin.
Municipal waste containers shall be adequately secured at all times to prevent waste from scattering from the storage or collection points.
Municipal waste containers that are screened from public view shall be located no less than 10 feet from any public street, alley, or other public place. Municipal waste containers that are not screened from public view shall be located no less than 25 feet from any street, alley, or other public place.
3. Regulations for Dumpsters
All dumpsters that are used for the storage and collection of municipal waste shall be located on private property, set back a minimum of 5 feet from any property line or public right-of-way, and screened from view by any adjoining property used for residential purposes or an adjoining public right-of-way. Screening may be accomplished by either a fence and/or appropriate landscaping to a height of at least one foot higher than the dumpster on the side or sides facing residential property or public rights-of-way. The fence and/or landscaping shall at all times be maintained in good repair.
Municipal waste dumpsters shall be serviced as needed, but not less than once a week.
Dumpsters shall be in good structural and visual condition. The top covers must be in place and in working condition.
Dumpsters and containers with an individual capacity of 1.5 cubic yards (40 cubic feet) or more shall not be stored in buildings or placed within 5 feet of combustible walls, openings, or combustible roof eave lines, unless approved in writing by the Fire Marshal.
The fencing and screening of dumpsters shall be completed by April 1, 2008. Persons who are unable to comply with the screening and fencing requirements may file a written request for an exception thereto with the Borough Manager.