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Home Recycling

J.P. Mascaro & Sons provides recycling services for residential customers in areas throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. The types of collection systems (commingled or single-stream) may vary depending on the contract in your area.

What is Collected to be Recycled?

  • Glass: Clear, green, or brown bottles and jars (food and drink only) can be collected. Remove all caps and rings. Please rinse before placing in container.

  • Paper:  Materials that are collected include newspaper, magazines, advertising inserts, catalogs, junk mail, envelopes, waxed paper, paper bags, phone books, and wrapping paper (remove metallic paper, bows, etc.) Place all paper in heavy brown bag or tie together with twine. Do not use wire or plastic bags.   

  • Cardboard and Corrugated Paper:  Cardboard boxes and items such as cereal boxes, tissue boxes, and gift boxes can be collected. Milk or juice cartons are also collected.  Please flatten cardboard and tie together with twine.

  • High-grade paper: Manila envelopes, file folders, fax and copy paper, and computer print outs are collected for recycling. Please place in paper bags or box (no plastic bags.)

  • Aluminum Cans and Foil: Rinse cans and place in the recycling container. They may be flattened or left intact. Labels do not need to be removed. Foil must be clean.

  • Steel & Bi-Metallic Cans: Any food container such as coffee cans or soup cans can be recycled. Please rinse first.

  • Plastics #1. PET (E): Soft drink bottles, peanut butter jars, and toiletries are collected. Lids and caps must be removed and bottles should be rinsed. 2-liter bottles must be flattened.

  • Plastics #2. HDPE (clear or colored): Clear plastic items such as milk or juice jugs are collected. Colored plastic bottles include laundry and dish detergents, bleach bottles, and fabric softener bottles. Please rinse first.

  • Plastics #3. PVC: Mineral water bottles, salad and vegetable oil bottles, floor polishes, and mouthwash containers are collected. Please rinse first.

  • Plastics #4 – LDPE (low density polyethylene): Bread bags, food wrapping, and shopping bags are some examples of this type of plastic. LDPE is not often recycled through curbside programs. Plastic shopping bags can be returned to many stores for recycling.

  • Plastics #5 – PP (polypropylene):  This type of plastic is found in yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, straws, and medicine bottles. Curbside recycling of these materials will vary depending on your area.

  • Plastics #6 – PS (polystyrene):  Disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles, and compact disc cases may be recycled through curbside recycling depending on your area.

  • Plastics #7 or “O” – Mixed : Three and five-gallon water bottles, 'bullet-proof' materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod and computer cases, signs and displays, and nylon are examples of this type of plastic. Number 7 plastics are difficult to recycle and are typically not collected through curbside recycling.

What is NOT collected?
Please help make single-stream recycling a success by keeping these and other materials that may cause contamination out of your recycling container.

  • Plastic bags or plastic food wrap
  • Styrofoam or any other form of foam packaging (including meat/produce trays and egg cartons)
  • Scrap metal
  • Hazardous waste
  • Disposable diapers
  • Paper towels or tissue paper
  • Textiles, fabric, or clothing
  • Ceramics, chinaware porcelain or Pyrex dishware
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Liquids
  • Mirrors
  • Window glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Syringes/Needles
  • Computer and electronic equipment