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Pennsylvania Recycling and Composting Information

Recycling is mandatory in Pennsylvania

Municipalities with a population over 10,000 must provide curbside recycling service to its residents or have recycling drop off locations nearby. Commercial recycling is also required.

Having widely available access to recycling services has helped the state recycling rate increase significantly. In 2012, 8.49 million tons of materials were recycled, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).


  • The state cut 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the air
  • 168 trillion BTUs of energy were saved

Many of the materials and debris you throw in dumpster can be recycled. Construction and demolition (C&D) debris, for example, is about 80% recyclable. This includes, but is not limited to concrete, shingles, lumber, steel and bricks.

Read the recycling statutes and regulations in Pennsylvania

Composting is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste

Up to 30% of the waste landfilled in the U.S. could be composted. This includes yard debris, food waste and paper products. Composting is good for the environment and saves you money in two ways:

  • It’s free organic fertilizer and soil additive
  • Reducing your waste output by up to 30% could save you money on your waste hauling bill

Learn more about composting:

Helpful resources:

  1. Landfill locations (municipal, C&D, resource recovery)
  2. Hazardous waste drop off points and regulations
  3. Report illegal dumping
  4. Pennsylvania DEP contact information

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Pennsylvania

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.