Residential Recycling Guidelines

Single Stream Recycling

Radnor Township mandates that all residents recycle.  In order to encourage recycling and to make it easier for our residents, Radnor has incorporated a Single Stream Recycling System in which all recyclables can be placed together in the same receptacle for collection. There is no need to separate your plastics, glass, or paper products.  Everything can be be collected recyclables are mixed together in 1 collection truck instead of being sorted into separate commodities by the resident and handled separately throughout the collection process.  Glass, plastic and paper all 

The Single Stream Recycling System has it's advantages 

More convenient for residents because it requires no sorting of items.

Collection routes can be serviced more efficiently by eliminating the need for multi-vehicle utilization.

All recycling is placed in 1 container.

More types of items can be recycled.

Encourages more residents to recycle.

Recycling Containers


  • Recyclable materials should be placed in the township provided yellow or blue containers.  Please do not put your items in plastic bags.  They should be loose in the can, or in paper bags.
  • One recycling container is provided to new residents. Request for recycling containers by new residents must be made within 30 days of settlement.
  • Additional containers are available for purchase online, at the township building or requested by mail for a fee of $20.
  • Residents may also place their recyclables in a reusable container (labeled with a recycling sticker) and place them next to their recycle can. Recycling sticker can obtained at the township.
  • Please contact the receptionist in person at the following address:
    Township Building
    301 Iven Ave.
    Wayne, PA 19087

    You may also call us at 610-688-5600, for more information about recycling containers or recycling stickers.

Recyclable Items


  • Aluminum Cans - Empty; aerosol, non-aerosol, all-aluminum beverage and food containers, excluding products such as pie pans and aluminum foil
  • Bi-Metallic Cans - Empty; aerosol, non-aerosol steel or tin coated steel food and beverage containers
  • Clean Paper Products - Newspaper, magazines and periodicals, high-grade office paper, corrugated paper, junk mail, telephone books and paperback books
  • Glass - Plain, uncolored, or colored glass bottles, and jars. Expressly excluded from this definition of glass are blue glass, lead crystal, porcelain products, light bulbs, and tempered or plate glass
  • High-Grade Office Paper - All white paper, bond paper, and computer paper used in commercial, institutional and Municipal establishments and in residences
  • Magazines and Periodicals - Printed matter containing miscellaneous written pieces published at fixed or varying intervals
  • Newspaper - paper of the type commonly referred to as newsprint
  • Rigid Plastics - Jugs and bottles with recycle symbol # 1%u20147 (check bottom)
  • #1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) or (PET): soft drink and water bottles, beer bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter and salad dressing containers
  • #2 - High Density Polyethylene (HDPE): milk jugs, water and juice containers, liquid detergent bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs
  • #3 - Vinyl (Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC): clear food packaging, shampoo bottles
  • #4 - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE): squeezable bottles (e.g. honey, mustard)
  • #5 - Polypropylene (PP): ketchup bottles, yogurt containers and margarine tubs, medicine bottles
  • #6 - Polystyrene (PS): aspirin bottles, cups, plates (no polystyrene foam products)
  • #7 - Other: Use of this code indicates that the package in question is made with a resin other than the 6 listed above, or is made of more than 1 resin used in combination. Plastics such as 3 and 5 gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice and ketchup bottles, clear baby food containers

Non-Recyclable Items


  • Garbage
  • Broken Glass
  • Plastic Bags
  • Food Waste
  • Food Tainted Items Such as Used Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels or Paper Napkins
  • Polystyrene (Polystyrene Foam) Cups or Plates
  • Motor Oil Bottles
  • Hazardous Chemical Containers
  • Plastic Toys
  • Sporting Goods
  • Electronics or Batteries
  • Compact Discs Dvds
  • Foam Egg Cartons
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Ice Cream Cartons
  • Light Bulbs
  • Hangers
  • Yard Waste
  • Garden Tools
Remember, do not put your recyclables in trash bags!