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Posted on: December 23, 2020

Holiday Recycling Information

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Here is some recycling information that should help you in the days before and after Christmas...

First, know that recycling in Zone #2 will be collected as usual on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24th in zone #2).  Recycling was collected on-time last week in Zone #1, even though there had been a snow storm the two days before.  The recycling crews worked hard to get through the snow and cold and successfully collected everywhere in Zone #1.

The bad news is that (in true "2020 fashion") December this year is a rare month with 5 Thursdays in it.  That means that there will be NO RECYCLING COLLECTION on New Year's Eve (December 31st).  Recycling collections take place in Zone #1 on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month and recycling collections take place in Zone #2 on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  In the few instances where there is a 5th Thursday in a month that Thursday is skipped so that residents can keep on their 1st and 3rd (or) 2nd and 4th Thursdays schedule.

After Christmas, the next recycling collections will be:

  • Thursday, January 7, 2021 (Zone #1)
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 (Zone #2)

They start collecting at 7:00 am sharp, so have your material out the night before or early in the morning before 7:00 am.  See the Public Works Recycling page for more information about residential recycling in Newtown Township.


Many well-intentioned people place things into recycling in the days after Christmas which cannot be recycled and can contaminate the good material.  Here are some guidelines:

The Nice List: YES, please do Recycle

  • Cardboard (clean, dry and flattened)
  • Paper boxes (including gift, shoe and shipping boxes)
  • Plain wrapping paper and gift bags (no glitter, foil or decorations)
  • Holiday cards and envelopes (without embellishments; remove the batteries from electronic greeting cards)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (empty, clean and dry)
  • Metal food and beverage cans (empty, clean and dry)

The Naughty List: NO, do not recycle - instead Reuse, Donate or Discard

  • Decorations including lights
  • Artificial trees
  • Clothing (if you cannot donate these, consider having them collected by retrievr )
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Cellophane wrapping
  • Fancy gift bags and wrapping paper (with foil, lamination or decorations)
  • Packing materials: bubble wrap, plastic air pillows, foam sheets and packing peanuts (see if UPS Store, FED-EX Store, etc. can take them)
  • Food waste
  • Containers with food waste on them


For items like non-working Christmas lights, see if stores like Home Deport or Lowes have a drop off for them - some stores do.

For all electronics and textiles, Newtown Township's partnership with retrievr is a great option.  See Public Works' webpage on this topic for more information.  While primarily discussing electronics, retrievr collects textiles / clothing too.


Christmas Tree Collections

Public Works will collect Christmas Trees for recycling from January 4, 2021 thru January 15, 2021.  No need to call - just place your tree at the curb with all bags, decorations, lights and tinsel removed.  We will be by throughout the two weeks to pick up trees.  We will handle chipping them and will re-use the wood chips in public parks and along trails.


Thank you for your efforts to recycle in Newtown Township!  Always feel free to visit our Public Works page for links to recycling information, electronic recycling information, household hazardous waste collections and many other services we provide.






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