Posted by: Mary Beth Mueller on October 12, 2021

Learn what to leave curbside, what to toss into trash, and how to dispose of specialty materials.


Individuals living throughout Pennsylvania are invited to take part in the Pennsylvania Resources Council’s free “Recycling & Waste Reduction” webinar on Tuesday, October 19, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  The online workshop will answer common questions surrounding recycling issues such as curbside collection, hard-to-recycle materials and pharmaceutical disposal.

While the Recycling & Waste Reduction webinar is free, pre-registration is required by visiting or e-mailing [email protected]

“By taking part in a one-hour webinar, individuals can learn general guidelines for which materials to leave curbside, which items to toss into the trash and what options are available for disposing of hard-to-recycle and specialty materials,” according to PRC Education Program Coordinator Nancy Martin. “Participants are always surprised to hear me say the words ‘When in doubt, throw it out,’ but people should not place their K-cups, yogurt containers, takeout clamshells and many other plastic items in a recycling bin.”

Martin points out that rules vary by location, so residents should always check with their local municipalities for specific recycling instructions.

The following materials are accepted by nearly all curbside collection programs in Pennsylvania:

  • PLASTIC BOTTLES, JARS & JUGS – includes all containers with a screw-top lid and a neck narrower than the body
  • STEEL & ALUMINUM CANS – labels are okay but remove all food and lightly rinse
  • CORRAGATED CARDBOARD – flatten; labels and tape are okay
  • MIXED PAPER – includes magazines, junk mail, newspaper, office paper, paper bags and paperboard such as cereal boxes

PRC is recognized as a state and national leader in waste reduction and recycling.  To learn more about its various programs and collection events, visit

Categories: Recycling