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Commercial Recycling

Commercial Recycling

ATTENTION: Starting January 1, 2016, Lycoming County will be discontinuing commercial recycling collection for businesses located in municipalities not mandated by Act 101.

ATTENTION Mandated Communities: Starting January 1, 2016, Lycoming County will be discontinuing commercial collection for the following materials: cardboard, office paper, and plastic.

ATTENTION: Lycoming County encourages businesses to consider single stream collections. Please check with your current garbage hauler for details or visit our single stream website for a list of haulers.




The Lycoming County Resource Management Services – Recycling Division provides limited recycling services to business and industry in Lycoming County.  Our intent is to assist business and industry to meet the requirements of ACT 101, especially in recycling mandated communities.  In Lycoming County, the “mandated” communities are:  The City of Williamsport, Loyalsock Township and South Williamsport Borough.

Act 101 requires businesses to recycle glass, steel cans, cardboard, high grade office paper, and aluminum cans.  The recycling of #1 plastic bottles, #2 plastic bottles, newsprint, and magazines is also recommended, however,  “at the door” collection of these items on commercial routes is very limited.

LCRMS will assign a customer to a route and a frequency of pick-up.  Most collections will be either weekly or bi-weekly.  Businesses are encouraged to maintain a contingency plan in case of special events such as banquets, conferences, or other events at their business to handle the overflow of recyclables. LCRMS cannot guarantee extra pickups based upon customer volume, weather, or maintenance related issues.


  1. LCRMS Recycling can provide 64 gallon wheeled tote for RECYCLABLES ONLY to businesses on an “as available” basis. LCRMS can provide a maximum of 5 totes per business, in complexes with multiple businesses sharing a common recycling area, LCRMS may provide additional totes/containers based upon availability.
  2. Products/materials may not be “mixed” in a tote/container. As an example, a container dedicated to brown glass may not have mixed green of clear glass or other products.
  3. Businesses may provide their own containers as long as they are marked RECYCLING and what material they are used for AND they are compatible with our tote lift system.  Several local home improvement, chain stores, and janitorial supply firms maintain these items on stock.
  4. The existing service area for commercial collections service is as follows:

    Northern Boundary – State Route 973
    Eastern Boundary – Hughesville / Clarkstown/Pennsdale
    Southern Boundary – Lycoming County Line
    Western Boundary – Jersey Shore Borough

  5. The following pages include information about specific materials for collection.  Your cooperation with these guidelines is greatly appreciated.


LCRMS collects glass from local establishments to assist with meeting the requirements of Act 101.  Glass collected is limited to:  BROWN GLASS BOTTLES, CLEAR GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS, & GREEN GLASS BOTTLES.

The glass bottle recycling market is very limited in Pennsylvania.  As a general rule, only glass bottles can be accepted to be reused into making “new” bottles.  Other forms of glass are considered “contamination” and can cause an entire load to be rejected, adding great costs to the program.


  1. CLEAR GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS – Rinsed if possible, labels do not need to be removed.
  2. BROWN GLASS BOTTLES – Rinsed if possible, labels do not need to be removed.
  3. GREEN GLASS BOTTLES – Rinsed if possible, labels do not need to be removed.

WHAT NOT TO RECYCLE ( what is not accepted):

  1. Bar glass to include mugs, cups, shot glasses
  2. Window glass
  3. Light bulbs
  4. Candles in glass jars
  5. Any form of trash to include napkins, straws, paper cups…)
  6. Pyrex cookware, Vases, or any ceramic materials

Totes with mixed glass ( different colors in one container) and/or totes with non-acceptable items ( as listed above) will not be emptied by the LCRMS crew.  The driver will tag the container with a GREEN TAG if the material is not accepted for collections.

The business is responsible for emptying the container or removing the contaminants.

LCRMS reserves the right to limit or discontinue service for repeated violations.


Steel cans and Aluminum cans are collected as a part of the program.  A separate container/tote is required for each.

STEEL CANS should be rinsed and, if possible, flattened.  Labels may be left on. LCRMS only accepts steel cans of a five (5) gallon capacity or less (NO Barrels).

Steel Cans used for paint, tar, asphalt sealer or similar materials are not accepted for Recycling

ALUMINUM CANS – rinsed, if possible. Aluminum cans do not need to be flattened.

The recycling markets for metal cans is well established.  When recycling Aluminum, please follow these guidelines:

  1. NO Foil or “pie plates”
  2. No Plastics


LCRMS offers several options for cardboard collection from businesses, institutions, and industry in Lycoming County.  Your current refuse hauler may also offer cardboard recycling opportunities as a part of your waste disposal agreement.


  1. Customers may be on either a weekly, bi-weekly, or “on-call” by the customer as the schedule permits.
  2. Cardboard is to be “broken down” or flattened prior to the arrival of the collections crew.
  3. Customers are responsible for the removal of any packaging materials from the cardboard prior to pick-up. Packaging materials include plastic strapping, Styrofoam, or related materials.
  4. Waxed cardboard ( used in the shipment of perishable items / some foodstuffs) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and will not be collected.  Even a “trace amount” of waxed cardboard can cause a load to be rejected at a processing mill
  5. Non-corrugated boxes, commonly referred to as chip board or box board.


  1. LCRMS has 48’ and 53’ van trailers for either placement at your industry or to conduct “live loads” of material.
  2. Contact the LCRMS Recycling Office at (800)  736-7559 for further details.


Office paper recycling is a growing program throughout the region.  LCRMS accepts a MIXED OFFICE PAPER classification of paper.  This includes the following materials:

  1. White or colored copier and office paper
  2. Tablet  paper
  3. Computer printer paper ( Paper printouts prior to 1995 need to be checked by LCRMS staff at your site by appointment prior to acceptance).
  4. School / institutional work sheets
  5. Junk mail:   window envelopes, Flyers, Pamphlets

The material may be either whole/intact or shredded.  IF shredded, the material must be bagged in a CLEAR plastic bag.  LCRMS reserves the right NOT to collect shredded office paper material not bagged in clear plastic.


  1. Lunch room waste to include paper cups, napkins, plates, or food wrappers
  2. Newspaper, Magazines, Catalogs, or Phone Books
  3. Carbon Paper
  4. File Folders or File Hangers

LCRMS can also collect Office Paper from industry as a part of our cardboard collection program.  Office Paper may be placed on a LCRMS van trailer at your dock.  The material must be either bagged or loose in a Gaylord or similar box AND be the last item(s) placed on the trailer by your staff.  Mixing of cardboard and office paper may result in a load rejection.

The volume of OFFICE PAPER varies greatly each week and LCRMS cannot guarantee weekly service or pickup.  LCRMS does accept, at no charge, Office Paper delivered by businesses to the LCRMS Recycling Facility at the Lycoming County Landfill.  Call the Recycling Hotline at (800) 736-7559 for hours and other information.


LCRMS offers limited plastic bottle recycling programs to local institutions.

Plastic bottles eligible for collection include:

  1. Single serve ( 8 oz – 20 oz) #1 (PETE) bottles
  2. 2 Liter #1 PETE Bottles
  3. Single Serve ( 8 oz – 20 oz) #2 HDPE bottles
  4. One Gallon and ½ Gallon #2 HDPE Milk or Juice containers

Materials should be rinsed and caps removed.

Materials should be bagged in CLEAR plastic.  LCRMS reserves the right not to accept any materials not bagged in a clear or see through plastic.

If the material is delivered to a drop off site container by a customer, the material does not need to be bagged.  However, if you do transport the plastic bottles to a drop off site, PLEASE do not leave the bags at the drop off site.


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