Manchester Urged To Recycle Correctly

This app helps residents recycle better. (Stock photo)
This app helps residents recycle better. (Stock photo)

MANCHESTER – The recycling program in Manchester continues to be a success, Mayor Kenneth Palmer said, urging people to place in the recycling bins only what can be recycled.

The following items are able to be placed in the bins: bottles, cans, cardboard, newspaper, junk mail, magazines, office paper, and catalogs. Prohibited single stream items include: plastic bags, shredded paper, garden hoses, furniture, and air conditioners.

Anything that doesn’t belong slows down the works, and makes everything more costly. For the first time in three decades, the county has lost money through recycling.

This is because the wrong materials cause staff to have to remove the items, and they can damage the machines. 

Additionally, plastic bags shouldn’t be put in the containers. It may come a time when the county would start turning away trucks with recycling in plastic bags. This would trickle down to the local level, causing township employees to leave these bags at the curb.

An Easy Fix

An easy way to learn how to recycle is to download the “Recycle Coach” free app.

“Recycle Coach makes it easy for our residents to learn how they can recycle particular items and is a great way to ensure that everyone in Manchester Township is doing their part to keep single stream recycling a viable program for years to come,” said Manchester Township Public Works Director Al Yodakis.

In order to download this app, follow these instructions:

  • Search for “Recycle Coach” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your phone or the device of your choice.
  • Download and install the app.
  • Search for your home address.
  • An interactive calendar will be displayed, showing pick-up dates and other important information regarding waste management.

These same Recycle Coach features may also be accessed through a web browser at On this website, you can:

  • Find out when to put out recyclables and solid waste for pickup
  • Ask questions about what is recyclable
  • Receive specific communication from their town or county
  • Read articles about becoming better recyclers
  • Stay informed of missed pick-ups or holiday collection schedules
  • Listen to educational podcasts
  • View a ‘What Goes Where’ database