Questions? Call the Recycling Hotline

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on November 3, 2017

Wondering how to responsibly recycle materials close to home? Call the Recycling Hotline!

In the summer of 2016, PRC took over operations of the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Recycling Hotline. The hotline was created as a collaboration between PRC and what was then the Department of Environmental Resources for the first Recycling Month back in October of 1984.  The hotline continues to offer residents of Pennsylvania a resource to get answers to their recycling related questions.

Call 1-800-346-4242 on weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to find guidance for how to recycle everything from electronics and televisions to household chemicals and tires at locations near you. (After hours calls are returned the following business day.)

PRC has recieved thousands of calls since adopting the Recycling Hotline, from across the state. Residents from 53 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have called with questions about how to recycle their materials – in fact, we’ve recieved calls from places as far as Colorado, New Mexico, and Florida! However, the majority of calls to the Recycling Hotline were made from residents of Bucks County (18 percent), Allegheny County (16 percent), and Cumberland County (11 percent).

The majority of callers are interested in learning about how to recycle their televisions (51.1 percent), with an additional 11 percent of callers interested in safely disposing of their household chemicals like paints and automotive fluids, and 10 percent of callers intersted in recycling their other electronics. PRC is typically able to connect callers with recycling options for their materials, should they exist, in their counties.

This information helps us continue to connect residents across Pennsylvania with the resources they need to responsibly recycle and manage their materials. Additionally, these calls enable us to see a bigger picture of the what types of needs Pennsylvanians have in regards to disposal.

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