Towns with more than 5,000 residents, and the individual businesses that operate in them, are required to have recycling programs, according to Act 101 of 1988. Under the act, commercial and municipal establishments must at least recycle aluminum, high-grade office paper and corrugated cardboard, in addition to other materials chosen by the town. Mandated municipalities must collect at least three of a number of items, including glass, plastics, aluminum and newsprint. No towns in Susquehanna, Wayne or Wyoming counties meet the population threshold.
At the very least, recycling can cut down on waste disposal costs. This is true for households that pay per bag for garbage disposal and large corporations with dumpster service. Companies trade recyclable material in large volumes, but the amount produced by a small company or home may not produce any financial benefit. Large companies that produce a lot of, for example, high-grade office paper, can sell it.
Luzerne County: Dallas Twp., Exeter, Hanover Twp., Hazleton, Kingston, Kingston Twp., Nanticoke, Newport Twp., Pittston, Pittston Twp., Plains Twp., Plymouth, Swoyersville, Wilkes-Barre, Wright Twp.