Recycling and Trash

/Recycling and Trash
Recycling and Trash2019-04-02T13:47:10+00:00

The Township has a contract with Waste Management to collect your trash and recyclables. If your trash or recycling was not collected, or for any questions related to trash pickup, please call the Waste Management Erie Office Phone Number:  800-458-0476.

Here is the current Waste Management trash and recycling calendar:  Waste-Management-2019-Calendar

Holidays may affect regular pickup schedules. If your service day falls on or after a Waste Management observed holiday, your service may experience a delay. Some areas may have a service delay for locally observed holidays in addition to those listed below.

Observed Holidays:  New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Visit the Manage My Services page to view your pickup schedule.

To view your pickup schedule and next pickup date:

  1. Go to wm.com
  2. Hover over the My Account menu and select My Account
  3. Log into your wm.com account
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  4. Click on the Pickup Schedule icon

Some things to know:

  • Waste collection services typically occur between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time
  • Make sure the lid on your container is completely closed so that our drivers can service them safely
  • Find details on weather-related events affecting service in your area by visiting Service Alerts
  • Log in to your wm.com account to see if there are changes to your regularly scheduled pickup

Waste Management bags are available at the Municipal office at a cost of $20.00 for 5 bags.  Pay by check or money order; we do not accept cash.

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).

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 derived 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.

Waste Management Bid Form covering 2016 through 2019