Recycling


The Recycling Program

Waste Management under a municipal waste and recycling contract currently provides recycling collection to residents of Harborcreek Township.

New residents of Harborcreek should visit the township building at 5601 Buffalo Road weekdays from 8:00am to 4:30pm to receive their free 25 gallon recycling bin, instruction sheet and collection schedule by day-of-the-week / street.

We also sell a 65 gallon recycle bin for $45.00.

As part of the residential solid waste and recycling contract with Waste Management, you have a convenient new opportunity to dispose of your household generated special materials - safely, easily and responsibly. View the entire program here. --> Collection Program for Special Trash.

Recyclables are collected weekly on your regularly scheduled trash collection day.
For more information on what is considered acceptable or unacceptable recyclables,
read the instruction poster.

Requirements of the Commercial Recycling Program.

The full text of the recycling ordinance can be
viewed here --> Recycling Ordinance

Compost is for Sale

Available in the spring, summer and early fall, the Township sells compost from the decomposed leaves collected from residents. Call the Township for procedures.

  • $10.00 to pickup at noon on Fridays.

  • $25.00 delivered by the Township.

Harborcreek residents may bring their leaves to the township compost site - but must empty leaves out of the bags and dispose of bags on their own.

Make your own Compost

All organic material eventually decomposes, but mixing green and brown materials together will speed up the process. Green materials such as grass clippings or fresh green plant parts supply nitrogen. Brown materials such as dead leaves and plants are high in carbon. Mixing the two assures good conditions for the microbes and fungi that actually decompose the plant material. Composting has been taking place in forests since time began. Compost is ready when it looks like rich crumbly earth. Composted matter creates natural openings or channels in the soil which improves the soil structure and drainage so that water and oxygen can penetrate the soil and reach the roots promoting better root growth and increased absorption of rainfall and water. Commercial soil amendments cost money while leaves are free and are abundant. If you take care of your soil, it will take care of your plants.

Potential problems & solutions

  1. If the compost has a bad odor, it may not have enough air, or the pile is staying too wet. To correct this turn the pile to introduce air or add coarse dry materials such as sawdust, straw, or chopped corn stalks to absorb moisture.
  2. If the heap is damp and sweet smelling but still doesn't heat up, it is lacking in nitrogen. Mix in a nitrogen source such as fresh grass clippings.

Materials that should not be put in the backyard compost pile because they may cause odors, attract pests, or create other nuisances include meat, fish, poultry, cooked kitchen waste, grease, bones, fat, dairy products (such as butter, cheese, sour cream, yogurt), lard, peanut butter, salad dressing, mayonnaise, vegetable oil, weeds with developed seed heads, diseased plants or leaves, poison ivy.

Plan ahead...Recycle at Community Events

Members of the Community come together to enjoy local events, but in the process a large amount of waste is generated, much of it is recyclable. Lets all do our part & recycle!!

The benefits of reducing waste at community events:

  • Increase environmental awareness.
  • Complying with Harborcreek Township ordinance.
  • Meet community expectations.
  • Diverting recyclables from local landfills.

If you need assistance, please call the township office at 899-3171.