Recycling in East Vincent Township

Trash Hauler 

It is the responsibility of residents and commercial entities to choose their own trash haulers. The trash hauler that you choose will also pick up your recyclables and yard waste.  
 What do I do with leftover paint?
Recycle - Old latex paints can be blended together to produce beige or gray.  Oil-based paints may also be mixed together.  DO NOT MIX OIL-BASED PAINT WITH LATEX PAINT.  Mix different latex paints together, use for fences, basements, sheds, etc.
Dispose of Safely - What cannot be reused can be solidified and sent to the landfill by following the instructions for latex paint and oil-based paint:
Latex Paint - Latex paint is not hazardous waste! Latex paints are water-based and are a safer substitute for oil-based paints.  They may be solidified (allowed to harden), absorbed and then placed in the trash.  Take the top off the paint can, place it outside, away from pets and children and allow it to harden.  If the can is very full, absorb the material by mixing it with sawdust, clay-based kitty litter or rags.  Stir with a stick until all the paint is absorbed.  When the paint is solidified it may be placed in the trash.  Containers with no liquid paint may be placed in the trash.
Oil-Based Paint - Save oil-based paint for a Household Hazardous Waste Collection day.  If none is scheduled you may mix with an absorbent like sawdust, clay-based kitty litter or rags.  Small quantities may be mixed in the can; larger quantities can be mixed in a box lined with a plastic bag.  Stir with a stick until all the paint is absorbed.  Seal the solidified paint and can, absorbent stick, box, etc., in a plastic bag and dispose of with trash.  NOTE: Mix outside, away from children and pets and use gloves.  Avoid if you have chronic respiratory problems.

How long do these items take to decompose:

  • Plastic Bags 200-1000 years
  • Monofilament fishing line – 600 years                                      
  • Disposable diapers – 550 years
  • Plastic Bottles – 450 years
  • Aluminum can – 200-500 years
  • Rubber boot sole – 50-80 years
  • Foamed plastic cups – 50 years
  • Tinned steel cans – 50 years
  • Leather shoes - 25-40 years
  • Cigarette butts – 10-12 years