Author: Adriane WeinbergAnnouncements General Paper Recyling

Electronics Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste, & Shredding Events

Recycle Key on Keyboard-GPC PostMost people want to do the right thing and recycle, but sometimes it’s not easy. Outdated electronics, cans of oil-based paint, and piles of unwanted confidential documents take up valuable space in the basement or garage because you don’t know what to do with them. These things need to be discarded — but how?

There is confusion about recycling. Which things are considered household recycling and which are hazardous waste? You may be surprised to learn that nail polish is hazardous waste. Cellphones are hazardous waste, too. To add to the confusion, companies that pick up your household trash differ in what they accept: some take plastic containers marked 1 through 3 and others take 1 through 7. It’s no wonder people may be reluctant to recycle.

To help make it easier to get rid of your unwanted stuff, follow this list for electronics and hazardous waste recycling and shredding events through the fall in the Greater Philadelphia area. Events are either free or low-cost.

Note: Household batteries can be tossed with regular trash. However, for those with terminals on the same side (such as 6V, 9V or 12V) and button-cell batteries (used in watches, greeting cards and hearing aids), it is important to cover both ends with masking tape to reduce the risk of short-circuiting and fire. For the more common batteries (AA, AAA, C and D), cover the positive terminal (“+”) with masking tape.

Electronics Recycling
Following are permanent drop-off locations for four southeastern PA counties
(At the time of this post, no information for Bucks County was found).

Chester County
Chester County Solid Waste Authority accepts computers and peripherals at the Lanchester Landfill, 7224 28th Division Hwy — Contact Narvon at 610-273-3771

South East Chester County Refuse Authority
219 Street Road, West Grove 19390 — Contact Dawn Robinson at 610-869-2452 (ext. 11)

West Chester Borough
205 Lacey Street, West Chester 19382 — Contact Meghan Fogarty at 610-696-5282

Delaware County
Marple Township offers free electronic recycling to residents at:
Marple Township
446 Marpit Rd. Bromall 19008 — Contact Joe Romano at 610-356-4040

Springfield Township offers free electronic recycling to residents at:
Springfield Delco Public Works
1258 Church Rd., Springfield 19064 — Contact Jeff Bickel at 610-543-2837
Police Court Yard 24/7 or Public Works Facility 7 am – 3:30 pm

Montgomery County
Cheltenham Township – Residents can recycle electronics at:
Cheltenham Township Public Works Facility
8101 Old York Rd., Elkins Park 19027 — Contact William Ferrari at 215-635-4600
Mon. to Fri. 8 am – 3:30 pm, Sat. 10 am – 2 pm

East Greenville Recycling Center
620 West Side Alley, Pennsburg 18073 — 215-679-5194
Mon. to Fri. 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, Sat. 8 am – 12 pm

Lower Merion Township residents can recycle electronics at:
Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex
1300 N. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley 19072
Contact Joseph Przybyszewski at 610-667-1952
Mon. to Fri. 8 am – 3 pm, Sat. 9 am – 2:30 pm

Philadelphia County
Computers, monitors, TVs, cellphones and other e-waste are accepted at all HHW locations for residents only. Sanitation Convenience Centers are open Monday through Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm except City holidays. Click here for more info. See locations below.

West Philadelphia
5100 Grays Ave., 215-685-2600
Strawberry Mansion
2601 W. Glenwood Ave., 215-685-3981

Southwest Philadelphia
3033 S. 63rd St., near Passyunk Avenue, 215-685-4290

Northwest Philadelphia
300 block Domino Lane, near Umbria Street, 215-685-2502

Northeast Philadelphia
State Rd. & Ashburner Street, 215-685-8072

In addition –
Best Buy accepts most electronics and large appliances from residential customers at no charge.

Staples offers free technology recycling.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

  • Some typical acceptable HHW items:
    Oil based paint
    Weed Killer
    Paint thinner
    Cell phones
    CFL bulbs
    Nail polish
    Motor oil
    Items containing mercury (including thermometers)
    Ni-Cad, lithium, rechargeable, lead acid batteries
  • Items not acceptable:
    Medical Waste
    Large Appliances
    Helium tanks
    Radioactive Waste
    Appliances containing Freon
    Latex paint: for proper disposal, remove the lid, let latex paint dry completely and then toss with your regular trash. If there is too much paint, and it will not dry out, you may need to pour some into a larger container, or add kitty litter. 

HHW events are from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, July 11
Spring-Ford 9th Grade Center (Montgomery County), 400 South Lewis Road, Royersford

Thursday, July 16
Streets Department Training Center (City of Philadelphia), 8401 State Rd. at Ashburner St., Philadelphia

Saturday, July 25
Central Bucks South High School (Bucks County), 1100 Folly Rd. Warrington
(enter off Pickertown Rd.)

Saturday, August 8
Abington Middle School (Montgomery County), 2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington

Saturday, August 15
Quakertown High School (Bucks County), 600 Park Ave., Quakertown

Saturday, August 22
Bucks County Technical High School (Bucks County), 610 Wistar Rd., Fairless Hills, (Bristol Township)

Saturday, September 12
Oxford School District Administration Bldg. (Chester County),125 Bell Tower Lane, Oxford

Saturday, September 19
Streets Department 3rd District Highway Yard (City of Philadelphia), 22nd St. & York St., Philadelphia

Sunday, September 20
Penn State University-Brandywine Campus (Delaware County), 25 Yearsley Mill Rd (Route #352), Media

Saturday, October 10
Streets Dept. Facility (City of Philadelphia), 3033 South 63rd St. (NW of Passyunk Ave.), Philadelphia
Government Services Center (Chester County), 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester

Saturday, October 17
Emergency Services Training Center (Delaware County), 1700 Calcon Hook Rd., Sharon Hill (Darby Twp.)

Sunday, October 18
Lower Merion Twp Public Works (Montgomery County), 1300 N. Woodbine Ave.(Lower Merion Twp.), Penn Valley

Saturday, November 7
Streets Department Northeast Facility (City of Philadelphia), 3901 Delaware Ave. (between Castor & Lewis, near Allegheny exit of I-95), Philadelphia

Shredding Events: There is no need to remove paper clips or staples.

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 – 12:00
Bryn Mawr Trust, Swarthmore Office, 330 Dartmouth Avenue, Swarthmore 19081
Bryn Mawr Trust, Bala Cynwyd Office, 135 E. City Avenue, Bala Cynwyd 19004

Saturday, August 15, 9:00 – 12:00
Montgomery County Commissioners, Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington (Montco residents only)

Saturday, September 19
Inspire Federal Credit Union, Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E. Lincoln Hwy Langhorne
11:00 – 1:00
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, 12800 Townsend Road, Philadelphia

Saturday, September 26, 9:00 – 11:00
First National Bank & Trust of Newtown, Bucks County Community College
272 Swamp Rd., Newtown

Saturday, October 39:00 – 11:00
Middletown Township, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne 19047

Sunday, October 49:00 – 12:00
Montgomery County Commissioners, Lower Merion Transfer Station, 1300 North Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley (Montgomery County residents only)

Saturday, October 179:00 – 11:30
Merck, Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union, Harleysville Branch, 665 Main Street, Harleysville
9:00 – 12:00
Abington Township Public Works, 2201 Florey Lane Abington (residents only)

Monthly Community Shredding Events by Titan Shredding

First Friday of Every Month  — 8:30 – 9:30
Bailiwick Office Park, 252 West Swamp Road (Rt 313 & Rt 611 Bypass), Doylestown

Second Tuesday of Every Month — 8:30 – 9:30
Upper Moreland Twp. Library, 117 Park Avenue (off Rt. 611 in Police Dept. parking lot), Willow Grove

Third Thursday of Every Month — 12:00 – 1:00
Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

NOTICE FROM TITAN: Titan Mobile Shredding events may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call 267-362-4249 with questions, $10 for each copy paper box or equivalent (cash or check), one box minimum, no maximum box quantity, no reservation required.

More events probably will be added in the fall so check your sources for local information. Some politicians host shredding events, so you can also contact your elected officials.

You are encouraged to recycle and shred whenever possible. If you need other options, search online to locate events. Find out the regulations and disposal methods in your area by contacting your trash hauler or local government office.

Every effort is made to ensure accuracy of the information provided. Please verify dates, times, residency requirements, fees, quantity limits and what’s acceptable before going. There may be more events than these so you may want to check other sources.

We thank you for your participation. It feels good to do good!

Author: Danielle OBrienConsignment Donating General Organizing Recyling

Forget Google!

Forget Google! Professional Organizers have a plethora of resources to share with you ranging from recycling centers to special events happening in your area. Here are my favorites:

Consignments shops

~The Attic, Manayunk

“Here at The Attic we aim to provide a fun and engaging environment while also offering advice on modern and vintage trends.”

4335 Main St., Manayunk, PA 19127

Phone: 215-482-0300

~Greene Street, Manayunk

“Since Greene Street opened its doors in 1997, we have been working to offer affordable fashion in a clean, organized, and modern setting.”

4313 Main St., Philadelphia, PA 19127

Phone: 267-335-5478


~The Salvation Army

This is a huge store which earned the nickname the “Pechin Street Boutique.”

4555 Pechin St., Philadelphia, PA 19128

Phone: 215-483-3340

thrift shop~Colonial Neighborhood Council

“Colonial Neighborhood Council operates “The Well,” a thrift store offering a household items and clothing for adults and children.”

107 E. 4th Ave., Conshohocken, PA 19428

Phone: 610-828-6595


~Best Buy

“Recycling Kiosks — Every U.S. Best Buy store has kiosks, just inside the front doors, to drop off ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and wires, cords and cables, plastic bags and gift cards.”

~Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting (the biggest & nicest store I have ever srecyclingeen)

Recycle batteries, cork, plastic bags, Brita filters, yogurt cups & plastics #5

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Phone: 610-832-0010


~Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, May 30- Montgomery County Community College

340 DeKalb Pike (enter campus at 595 Cathcart Road), Blue Bell, PA 19422

~Paper Shreddingshredding

Saturday, August 15 (9am – noon)- Abington Junior High School

2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington, PA 19001

~Tire Collections

Saturday, June 6- from 9:00am – noon, Montgomery County Community College

340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422

~Finally, did you know about MedReturn Drug Collection Units? There is one at drug recyclingthe Montgomery County Courthouse.

2 E Airy St., Norristown, PA 19401

Phone: 610-278-3000


Some restrictions and fees may apply. Ask the Professional Organizer you hired. They’ll know!

Author: Darla DeMorrowDocument Management General Home Home Office Paper Recyling

How to Use a Home Paper Shredder

How to Use a Home Paper Shredder-2

Are you one of the (scientifically identified) 6 million people who avoids shredding your sensitive documents because of your home shredder. 5.9 million of that number have actually burned up at least one home shredder at some point. 5.8 million have burned up more than one. (I might have made those numbers up.) It might be twice that high. Most families should own a cross-cut personal shredder. They are actually very easy to keep in good shape.
Here’s help on how to use your home paper shredder.

  • Buy the best home shredder you can afford, without breaking the bank. You can find many options under $50. If you work at home or like to shred a lot, you might need a higher capacity machine costing between $50 and $200.
  • Know your sheet capacity. If the shredder says, “Max. 8 Sheets,” like mine does, it really means 4-6 sheets of regular copy paper at a time. It does not allow for heavier paper, plastic, brochures, or folded items.
  • Don’t try to shred everything. Don’t just shred everything because it has your name or address on it. Information anyone can get from a quick Google search or from the phone book doesn’t need to be shredded. However, anything with financial account numbers on them (like your bank statements and brokerage accounts) should be shredded. Your grocery store junk mail, just because you may have a frequent shopper club number there, is not sensitive information. Really, it’s not. Nor are most of your utility bills, believe it or not. Don’t make your little household shredder work harder than it needs to. Use it only for what needs to be shredded.
  • If the shredder is usually unplugged for safety or other reasons, then you’ll probably be batch shredding. Your machine will only shred for 15-20 minutes before it overheats. Just give it a rest, and finish your batch another day, or after the machine has had a chance to cool down. Better yet, stop when you hear the motor or the blades laboring. That “rrr…rrr…rrr” sound means you are either feeding it too much paper, or the machine needs a break.
  • Occasionally, give your shredder a little treat and lubricate the cutting blades. You can purchase special feeder sheets or shredder oil for this purpose. I’ve used my sewing machine oil with good results. You only need to do this a few times a year.
  • Don’t keep shredding if the bin is full. The already shredded paper will jam up against the rotating blades, over-heating the shredder faster than needed. Empty the bin often.
  • Unless your shredder specifically allows for it, don’t feed plastics through the machine. They tend to gunk up the blades. I’ve had to surgically remove hunks of melted plastic from household shredders. If your shredder is equipped to shred credit cards and/or computer disks, empty the basket of paper before shredding these items. The paper is recyclable with household recycles in most places. The disks probably aren’t. Throw plastic bits out in the trash separately from the paper.

If you follow these guidelines, your home shredder should do the job for many years. However, if you regularly have more than 2 shopping bags full of material to shred, you can search for free or low-cost community shredding events in your area. Just Google “shred events” and your city, zip code, or region. You can find a current list of shredding events in the greater Philadelphia region

Author: Darla DeMorrowAnnouncements Document Management General Home Office Paper Recyling

May 2014 Shredding Events

Here is a list of rolex replica shredding events in the Delaware Valley. If you are planning to attend an event, it’s wise to check the website or call or e-mail to make sure the event isn’t iphone 5c refurbished canceled due to weather or other circumstances.

If you can’t wait for an event, try drop-off shredding services from Staples, Office Depot, Wiggins, or Mail Source (Springfield) for about $1 per pound.

Happy shredding!

Friday, May 2  3 pm – 5:30 pm West Chester
West Chester Wiggins Auto Tags — 1301 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19380
2 paper grocery bags are $10.00

Saturday, May 3  9 am – 12 pm Buckingham
Buckingham Township Public Works Building — Residents Only
4991 Upper Mountain Road, Buckingham, PA 18912

Saturday, May 3  9 am – 11 am Newtown
First National Bank & Trust of Newtown — Bucks County Community College
272 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940

Saturday, May 3  9 am – 11 am
Middletown Township (Residents only)  — 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne, PA 19047

Saturday, May 3  10 am – 1 pm Lawrenceville
Rider University Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni only
Rider University General Services Building
2083 Lawrenceville Road  Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Saturday, May 3  8 am – 12 pm Phoenixville
Schuykill Township
(CAT Pickering on Charlestown Road)
1580 Charlestown Road  Phoenixville, PA 19460

Community Events

Saturday, May 3  10 am – 12 pm Ridley Park
State Rep. Nick Miccarelli
605 E. Chester Pike  Ridley Park, PA 19078

Community Events

Saturday, May 3  1 pm – 3 pm Dallastown
York Township
190 Oak Road  Dallastown, PA 17313

Community Events

Saturday, May 10  9 – 1 pm  Oaks
State Rep Warren Kampf
422 Business Center  Mill Road  Oaks, PA 19456

Community Events

Saturday, May 10  9 am – 11:30 am  Philadelphia
State Rep. Mike McGeehan
Linden Avenue Boat Launch
Linden Ave. & Delaware Ave.  Philadelphia, PA 19114

Saturday, May 10  9 am – 12 pm Philadelphia
State Senator Stack
Parkwood Shopping Center
12361 Academy Road  Philadelphia, PA 19114

Saturday, May 10  9 am – 12 pm
First Federal of Bucks County
Bucks County Community College – Lower Bucks
1304 Veterans Highway  Bristol, PA 19007

Saturday, May 17  9 am – 12 pm
Borough of Media
301 North Jackson Street  Media, PA 19063

Community Events

Saturday, May 17  9 am – 12 pm
Bucks First Federal Credit Union
Bucks County Tech. High School
610 Wistar Road  Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Saturday, May 17  10 am – 12 pm  West Chester
West Chester Wiggins Auto Tags
1301 West Chester Pike  West Chester, PA 19380
2 paper grocery bags are $10.00

Saturday, May 17  9 am – 11 am Easton
Williams Township
Municipal Office
655 Cider Press Road  Easton, PA 18042
(Residents only)

Saturday, May 31  10 am – 12 pm  Philadelphia
Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA)
1400 East Passyunk Avenue & Reed  Philadelphia, PA 19147

Community Events

Author: Kelly GalfandAnnouncements General Home Office Paper Recyling

April 2014 Shredding Events

Shredding Events in Spring 2014

It’s that time again! Paper shredding event season has begun. Here is a list of shredding events in the Delaware Valley this spring. If you are planning to attend an event, it’s wise to check the website or to call or e-mail to make sure the event isn’t canceled due to weather or other circumstances.

If you can’t wait for an event, try drop-off shredding services from Staples, Office Depot, Wiggins, or Mail Source (Springfield) for about $1 per pound.

Happy shredding!

Saturday, April 12  9 am – 12 pm  Abington Residents Only
Abington Township Public Works
2201 Florey Lane  Abington, PA 19001

Saturday, April 12  9 am – 11 am  North Wales
EZ Storage – Montgomeryville
289 Dekalb Pike  North Wales, PA 19454

Saturday, April 12  9 am – 12 pm  Berwyn
Friends of Easttown Public Library
720 First Ave.  Berwyn, PA 19312

Community Events

Saturday, April 12  9 am – 12 pm Collegeville Residents Only
Montgomery County
Perkiomen Valley Middle School East
100 Kagey Road, entrance on Campus Drive  Collegeville, PA 19426

Saturday, April 12 9 am – 12 pm Collegeville
Perkiomen Valley Middle School East
100 Kagey Road (enter on Campus Drive)  Collegeville, PA 19426

Saturday, April 12
NBC’s Great Shredder Event
Wells Fargo Center
See for updates.

Saturday, April 19  9 am – 12 p.m Douglasville
Amity Township Crime Watch
Redner’s Market
Intersection of Rt. 422 and Rt. 662  Douglasville, PA 19518

Community Events

Saturday, April 19  10 am – 12 pm York
State Rep. Kevin J. Schreiber
101 South George Street  York, PA 17401

Community Events

Saturday, April 26  9 am – 12 pm Philadelphia
American Heritage FCU Main Office
2060 Red Lion Road  Philadelphia, PA 19115

Saturday, April 26  9 am – 12 pm Philadelphia
American Heritage FCU Rhawn Street Branch
430 Rhawn Street  Philadelphia, PA 19111

Saturday, April 26  9 am – 12 pm  Horsham
American Heritage FCU Horsham/Maple Avenue Branch
339 Maple Avenue  Horsham, PA 19044

Saturday, April 26  9 am – 11:30 am  Chalfont
Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union Chalfont Branch
335 West Butler Avenue  Chalfont, PA 18914

Saturday, April 26  11 am – 2 pm Philadelphia Residents Only
Philadelphia Fed Credit Union Operations Center
12800 Townsend Road  Philadelphia, PA 19154

Author: Rie BroscoGeneral Recyling

Paper Phonebooks – Do We Need Them?

paper phonebookRecently, as I was sitting in my office, I heard a loud thunk on my front porch. When I went to investigate, I saw that I had two new phonebooks (of the paper kind). When was the last time I had used an actual phonebook? It got me to thinking.

Usually, when I am in my office, I have access to the internet, and it is easier to just search on-line for the information that I want. If I am out of my office, I have my handy cellphone with all the bells and whistles that allows me to search for almost anything I want, anywhere I am, at anytime I wish. But…

Last week, I was in need of a personal phone number. I knew the person’s name and where they lived (or at least I thought I did). Easy, I thought. I pulled up “white pages” on Google and searched for the phone number of the person. I got all sorts of information and numerous listings but no phone numbers. If I wanted more information, I had to pay a nominal fee. NO WAY! I tried several different sites and still came up empty handed. Then a light bulb went off in my head. If memory served me correctly, I had an old phonebook sitting in the buffet drawer. Granted, it was four years out of date, but maybe… Down to the dining room I raced, opened the buffet drawer and EUREAKA! There it was. Let’s see… D…. Do… Down… yes, there is was – “Martha Downing” on Pine Street with a phone number! Twenty minutes searching the internet. Less than three minutes looking in the phonebook. Hmmmm. The expediency of technology? Not always.

It is different if you are seeking the number for a business but, even then, you should weigh all your options and determine if you truly need a paper phonebook or if the internet serves you just as well. For a great article read 5 Things You Need to Know to Avoid Wasting Phone Books and then decide. Just remember, if you do opt for the paper phonebook, when the new one arrives, be sure to recycle the old. Happy searching!