Recycling and Trash

The Township has a contract with Waste Management to collect your trash and recyclables.  If your trash or recycling was not collected, please call Waste Management at 1-800-458-0476.

2018 Trash Collection Options

  1. Unlimited number of Bags  –  $184.56 per year or $46.14 Quarterly (there can be an additional landfill fee mandated by the State).
  2. Per Bag (using Waste Management bags)  $4.00 per bag.  Bags are available from the Treasurer’s office during tax office hours at Lawrence Park Township building (4230 Iroquois Avenue)or the Municipal Office.

Recycling

  • All residents and businesses are required to recycle.  If a business does not utilize Waste Management, they are required to annually provide written documentation of their recycling program (forms to submit are provided by the Township).
  • Recycling has expanded to collect number 1 through 7 plastics.  Also collected is glass, metal cans, newspapers, cardboard, magazines, junk mail.  Please see the informational link below for the new and expanded collection.
  • For more information on recycling, please view Erie County’s recycling website.  To find Erie County recycling drop-off locations, please visit DEP’s website.  Be sure to call a company first to be sure they still accept the item you want to recycle and if there is a fee.

2018 Garbage-Recycle Calendar-1

Waste Management Recycling Info (PDF)

E-Waste & Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days

What Can I Recycle and Recycling Rules

Erie County Recycling Program

Lawrence Park Township is a “Recycling Community”.  It is also important to remember that we should “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”. Americans produce a large amount of trash each year. Each Pennsylvanian produces nearly 4.5 pounds per person each day. Trash in our landfills does not decompose quickly. Examples are:

  • Cigarette Butts: 1-5 years
  • Plastic Coated Paper: 5 years
  • Plastic Bags: 20 years
  • Leather Shoes: 50 years
  • Steel Cans: 100 years
  • Aluminum Cans: 500 years
  • Glass Bottles: 1,000 years
  • Plastic Bottles: Indefinitely
  • Styrofoam: Indefinitely

Individuals should examine their own lifestyle to find ways to reduce the amount of trash they produce at home and at work. Examples of ways could be to:

  • Take your own bags with you when you shop.
  • Take a mug with you to work to avoid using disposable styrofoam cups.
  • Give clothing and other items to a thrift shop or non-profitable organization.
  • Buying items in bulk will limit packaging and save money.

Look in your home or business to see what waste reduction strategies will work best for you. Anything that will lower the average American daily waste production is an important step in the right direction.  Purchasing products made from recycled materials whenever possible is also important. Examples of Recycled content items include:

  • Carpeting and fleece clothing made of polyester drived from PET bottles.
  • Plastic parts for automobiles made from recycled bottles.
  • Plastic lumber made into picnic tables, benches, etc.
  • Paper products such as copy paper, envelopes, and various tissue products made from unwanted mail and discarded paper from businesses, homes, and schools.
  • Appliances such as refrigerators and stoves made from recycled metal.

After reducing waste and reusing all feasible items, it is important to recycle as much remaining waste as possible.