HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

If you haven't already received information from your local recycling coordinator, contact your county recycling coordinator or call the Department of Environmental Protection regional office for your area. Still need help? Call the Pennsylvania Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242 or e-mail us at recyclepa@state.pa.us.

Although recycling programs vary from town to town, there are a few things you probably have to do for almost any program:

Another way to reduce household trash is by creating less trash in the first place, a process known as source reduction. Here are a few source reduction pointers:

Your county also may incinerate household trash as a part of its plan to reduce its municipal waste. In the past, incinerators would just burn trash, but today's incinerators, called resource recovery or waste-to-energy facilities, recover the energy from the burning trash to make steam and/or electricity.

Recycling Works:

Pennsylvania's recycling success story has many facets, each one a success. From national leadership in curbside recycling programs to creative initiatives for developing uses for recycled materials, Pennsylvania has established a spirit of recycling for a better environment.

Today, more than 10.2 million Pennsylvanians in 974 communities participate in curbside recycling programs, over half of which are set up voluntarily. In addition, more than 420 communities operate drop-off programs to bring recycling opportunities to less populated areas of the state.

Not only has Pennsylvania's recycling program dramatically cut down on the amount of trash we generate, it also has created viable economic markets for recycled materials. Right here in Pennsylvania, we have companies making new bottles from old bottles, animal bedding from old newspapers and plastic lumber from recycled milk jugs. And the list keeps growing.

The numbers and success stories are impressive, yet our work is far from over. We need Pennsylvanians to look for new ways to recycle, to continue to buy products made from recyclable materials, and to limit the use of disposable products. Together, we can make a difference for a cleaner environment through recycling.

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