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Total Solid Waste

This indicator evaluates the amount of waste produced in participating communities. Data is locally collected and is based on information from landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, and/or incinerators. Total solid waste includes municipal solid... Read More

This indicator evaluates the amount of waste produced in participating communities. Data is locally collected and is based on information from landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, and/or incinerators. Total solid waste includes municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, organic waste, and household hazardous waste.

Abington, Pennsylvania

Since 2003, Abington Township has reduced the amount of solid waste by 29%. The Township developed a recycling program as a hybrid collection system which incorporates the best of successful Pay As You Throw programs with automated collection. Trash and recyclables are picked up curbside in carts using automated trucks... Read More

Since 2003, Abington Township has reduced the amount of solid waste by 29%. The Township developed a recycling program as a hybrid collection system which incorporates the best of successful Pay As You Throw programs with automated collection. Trash and recyclables are picked up curbside in carts using automated trucks equipped with robotic arms.

Each residence chooses a trash cart size (35 gallon, 65 gallon, or 95 gallon), best suited for their needs. Residents have the same size choices for their paper recycle cart and their commingle recycle cart and pay only for the size trash cart they use (the larger the can, the higher the cost). There is no charge for either of the recycling containers.

The variable rate automated collection program has also provided the Township with many other options to further refine collection, i.e. single stream pickup of recyclables, or dual stream pickup in the same container and bi-weekly collection. The manner in which the Township conducts collections is determined by the recycling market and demand.

Abington Township has won the (SWANA) Solid Waste Authority of North America’s Award for Excellence in Collection Systems. To further support residents’ recycling efforts, several times a year, the Township holds electronic "Anything With a Plug" recycling and paper shred events, which attract between 400-550 residents per event. In addition, the Township works cooperatively with Montgomery County to hold hazardous waste collections events. The Township's Environmental Advisory Council educates residents at these events about local environmental initiatives such as the “Rain Barrel the Towns Program” or Energy $avings Expo, educational workshops, and volunteering opportunities. For the residents' convenience, these events also collect donated canned goods and other non-perishables for local food cupboards to help less fortunate neighbors.

Supporting documentation: indicator9_9_indicator_methodology_totalsolidwaste_abington.xlsx (10.55 KB)