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Do You Recycle as Much as You Could?

Start a new year by increasing your recycling. Here is the list of what you can and can not recycle in Radnor.

The more that Radnor Township recycles, and the less its property owners put in their trash, the more money the township saves on trash tipping fees. But it's not always clear what can be recycled.

Inform yourself with the following list from Radnor Township, and you may find yourself needing to order another recycling container (available for purchase at the township or requested by mail for a fee of $20).

What is Recyclable

  • Aluminum Cans - Empty; aerosol, non-aerosol, all-aluminum beverage and food containers, excluding products such as pie pans and aluminum foil.
  • Bi-Metallic Cans - Empty; aerosol, non-aerosol steel or tin coated steel food and beverage containers.
  • Clean Paper Products - Newspaper, magazines and periodicals, high-grade office paper, corrugated paper, junk mail, telephone books and paperback books.
  • Glass - Plain, uncolored, or colored glass bottles, and jars. Expressly excluded from this definition of glass are blue glass, lead crystal, porcelain products, light bulbs, and tempered or plate glass.
  • High-Grade Office Paper - All white paper, bond paper, and computer paper used in commercial, institutional and Municipal establishments and in residences.
  • Magazines and Periodicals - Printed matter containing miscellaneous written pieces published at fixed or varying intervals.
  • Newspaper - paper of the type commonly referred to as newsprint.
  • Rigid Plastics - Jugs and bottles with recycle symbol # 1%u20147 (check bottom).
  • #1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) or (PET): soft drink and water bottles, beer bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter and salad dressing containers.
  • #2 - High Density Polyethylene (HDPE): milk jugs, water and juice containers, liquid detergent bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs.
  • #3 - Vinyl (Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC): clear food packaging, shampoo bottles.
  • #4 - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE): squeezable bottles (e.g. honey, mustard).
  • #5 - Polypropylene (PP): ketchup bottles, yogurt containers and margarine tubs, medicine bottles.
  • #6 - Polystyrene (PS): aspirin bottles, cups, plates (no styrofoam products).
  • #7 - Other: Use of this code indicates that the package in question is made with a resin other than the six listed above, or is made of more than one resin used in combination. Plastics such as three and five gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice and ketchup bottles, clear baby food containers.

What isn't Recyclable

  • Garbage, broken glass, plastic bags,
  • Food waste, food tainted items such as used paper plates, paper towels or paper napkins, polystyrene (styrofoam) cups or plates,
  • Motor oil bottles, hazardous chemical containers, plastic toys or sporting goods,
  • Electronics or batteries, compact discs DVDs,
  • Foam egg cartons, milk cartons (any cartons with wax coating), ice cream cartons, light bulbs, hangers, yard waste or garden tools.


Darla DeMorrow January 10, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Thanks for posting. Some neighbors and I were just talking abut this last week. Despite the fact they we've been doing upgraded single stream recycling for over 3 years, they were surprised to learn that Radnor now recycles all # plastic categories, including yogurt containers!
MerionManor January 10, 2013 at 09:14 PM
I always wondered what percentage of households recycles at all, I personally do not utilize the recycling or yard waste programs at all, but the latter out of protest to the location it was trucked to.
Jeff Helfrich January 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I love this post. If you want an easy way to recycle in every room (and get those tipping fees down), check out the Solecan single can trash/recycling solution. http://www.solecan.com If you think it is a good idea please like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theSolecan to help get us to market sooner. Happy recycling!
Chip Addis January 11, 2013 at 03:11 AM
It amazes me how many people in my South Wayne neighborhood are not recycling. Just drive around on Monday moring and you will see piles of cardboard boxes out with the regular trash. To make matters worse, the township picks it up despite the fact that there is an ordinance in place that requires all residents to recycle. We are a family of five and only have one-half of a trash can full of waste on trash day. I would like to suggest the "One Trash Can Challenge" to Radnor's residents! And, please wait until Thursday to put ou your recycling! Please ask Radnor Township to enforce the ordinance and stop picking up the recycling on trash day! Thanks. Chip Addis caddis@addishill.com
John Ryan January 16, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Why don't you recycle? That costs all of us money and increases are tax burden. The yard waste isn't taken to the same place now, also. Do you throw that out, also?


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