Important Information About the Recycling Center!
The recycling center has never been profitable, or even a “break even” endeavor; it has always cost more to have the materials hauled to the recycling facility than what we received in rebates. That’s why we closed the center to only Nottingham residents in 2014 – because they were footing the bill with their tax dollars. After reaching an agreement with Washington County, where they agreed to pay up to $3,000 per year to cover our loses, the center was once again opened to all Washington County residents in 2016.
To give an example of what it costs the township to have the recycling center open, here are the costs for the latest haul which took place on March 22nd – It cost $260.25 to haul 4.5 tons of materials to the recycling facility. We will receive a rebate of $41.27 – a loss of $218.98. If we have to pay an additional $150 per ton for a “contaminated” haul, the loss will be an additional $675. As you can see, it would not take long before our costs exceed the $3,000 that the county has agreed to cover. Update: In July 2018, Waste Management started charging a tip fee of $45 per ton to take our recycled items. In August 2018, the tip fee increased to $55.
The Nottingham Township Recycling Center will close permanently on October 31, 2018. Click below to view a spreadsheet of recycling costs.