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Refuse & Recycling

New resident? You must call Waste Management at 1-800-866-4460 to establish an account prior to having your trash and recycling picked up.

Waste Management

Waste Management is under contract to the Township of Robinson to collect refuse and recyclables. Please read the information below regarding materials that will or will not be collected or download Waste Management’s refuse and recycling collection guide.

Refuse in Robinson Township is collected every Tuesday. In 2020, the collection schedule will be delayed by one day if collection day falls on or after the following observed holidays:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • Memorial Day (May 25th)
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (September 7th)
  • Thanksgiving Day (November 26th)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)

There are some businesses and larger residential communities within Robinson Township who have other contracts with waste management companies that differ on pickup days and communal recycling containers. Check with your Property Management. Township ordinances require all residents to recycle. The schedule for residential recycling collection is in the next column on this page.


Collection Times

For individual home owners, refuse and recycling containers can be placed at curbside after 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to collection and no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection, and should be be removed by 6:00 p.m. the day of collection.


Missed Collections/Additional Information

Though rare, there will be instances when regularly scheduled collections are missed. Should this happen to you, you are encouraged to contact Waste Management at (800) 866-4460 as soon as possible. Their representatives will work with you to ensure that your materials are picked up. You can also visit wm.com for live chat and e-mail options.


Inclement Weather

On those occasions when severe winter weather becomes a hindrance to the safety of Waste Management employees, operations may be suspended until conditions improve. During those periods of inclement weather, Waste Management will provide customers with real time service alert updates at www.wm.com. When possible, Waste Management may also notify you by phone or e-mail if your collection route is cancelled or will be delayed.

Tag Program for Seniors

Package of 10 tags for $15. The program is specially designed for customers 65 or older who have small amounts of trash. Eligible residents should call Waste Management customer service at 1-800-866-4460 to purchase the tags.

Garbage / Refuse Preparation

Here are some things to remember when setting your garbage at the curb:

  • Carpet must be cut to four-foot lengths and bundles.
  • Building materials/car parts are NOT accepted with regular trash pick-up.
  • Freon needs to be removed – proof of removal must be attached (sticker and invoice).
  • Paint must be dried (lids off).
  • Cans/Trash bags should not exceed 60 pounds.
  • Televisions will no longer be accepted.

In the general community, special recycling containers have been provided to each house, however they remain the property of the Township. The container is to be used only for recycling. Plastic bags or other receptacles are not acceptable and will not be picked up. If the container is lost, stolen, or damaged, you must purchase a new container from the Township.

2020 Recycling Changes

Due to global changes in the recycling industry, Waste Management is asking your community to help combat recycling contamination. You will experience some changes in your curbside recycling collection program. For programs to be successful, all participants must make an effort to change recycling habits.

In order to keep viable recycling programs, contamination must be stopped at the curb. You can help by following these new recycling rules:

  • No plastic bags of any kind will be accepted. Please place material loose in your recycling bin or cart.
  • Make sure you are recycling plastic bottles, jugs and jars. Any other plastic shape MUST go in the trash.
  • Glass is no longer accepted for recycling. Glass runs hard on machines used to process material and can contaminate other good recyclables.
  • Containers that held food should be rinsed free of food and liquid.
  • Shredded paper is no longer accepted.

Recycling will be collected every other week. Place only the permitted recyclables shown below together in your recycling cart or bin.

Single Stream Recycling

Robinson residents can place all of their recyclables together in the same bin. No sorting required. Containers that held food should be rinsed free of food debris and liquid. Do not bag your recyclables – empty recycling directly into your bin or cart. Please take careful note what Waste Management will accept as recyclables in the curbside bins:

Permitted Recyclables
  • Aluminum food and beverage containers with food or liquid debris removed. Labels do not need to be removed.
  • Natural and pigmented plastic narrow-neck containers with symbols #1 and #2 (milk bottles, water bottles, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, bleach bottles, etc.). Food and beverage debris must be removed. Labels do not need to be removed. Lids must be attached to the bottle.
  • Ferrous (iron, steel, tin) cans with food debris removed.
  • Newsprint – black & white or pigmented. Not bound or placed in bags.
  • Construction papers, Kraft paper, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, or similar. (No food boxes with food debris on them, i.e., pizza boxes, etc.)
  • Printer paper, computer paper, copy paper.
  • Junk mail.
  • Magazines and catalogs.
  • Corrugated cardboard MUST be flattened and cut, and can be no larger than 14 x 14 inches.
Materials NOT Accepted for Recycling
  • Glass
  • Any material with food debris.
  • Food waste (Compost instead!)
  • Plastic bags and film (find a recycling site at plasticfilmrecycling.org)
  • Polystyrene foam, foam cups, dinnerware, packing foam or peanuts, etc., of any kind.
  • Any item smaller than 2″ in diameter or larger than a five-gallon bucket.
  • Mirrors, window or auto glass, porcelain, ceramics, glass cookware/bakeware, microwave oven trays, drinking glasses, perfume/cologne bottles.
  • Household items such as toasters, cookware, bake ware, electronics, appliances, etc.
  • VHS/cassette tapes and ribbon.
  • Items containing or having debris and residue containing hazardous or toxic substances such as paint cans with wet paint, motor oil containers, gasoline cans, glue, petroleum products, etc.
  • Hazardous or toxic substances.
  • Medical waste, including needles
  • Political campaign signs.
  • Unnumbered plastics.
  • Batteries of any kind.
  • Coat hangers, wire.
  • Wood or yard waste.
  • Wrapping ribbon.
  • Rubber hoses.
  • Holiday lights.
  • Light bulbs.

All permitted items can be co-mingled in the appropriate recycling container without being separated (please note the exceptions above). Be sure all the items are secure in the recycling containers.

Service Notice: If a holiday falls on or before your service day in a particular week, service will be one day later. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday there will be no change in service. For more information, please contact 1-800-866-4460.

It may be necessary to delay or cancel trash/recycling collection during inclement weather. Service delays, cancellation and updates will be communicated accordingly and available at www.wm.com.

At Your Door Special Collection – Home Pickup Program for Household Hazardous Waste

As part of the residential solid waste and recycling contract with Waste Management, Robinson residents now have a convenient new opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous waste (HHW) safely, easily, and responsibly. Waste Management is introducing At Your Door Special Collection, a new residential service to provide year-round HHW collections for you.

How Does It Work?
  1. To participate, you must contact the Call Center at 1-800-449-7587 to set up a collection appointment.
    The Call Center operators will guide you through the steps toward a safe and successful collection. You will be asked several questions, including your address and the type and amount of materials available for collection. You will be provided a convenient collection date and information about where to place the HHW kit for collection. A kit will be sent to your home in plenty of time for you to gather and pack your materials.
  2. Preparing for collection
    The HHW kit includes a program instruction sheet and other items to help pack and secure household hazardous waste. All materials, such as gasoline, poisons, pesticides and aerosols, must be placed into the kit. Other items may be placed outside the kit.
  3. HHW materials is collected
    On the scheduled date, the customer service technician will collect materials directly from your home. They will sort and pack the materials for proper transportation, recycling and disposal. Participants will receive a postage-paid survey card to complete and mail back to help track the program.
  4. You have more material than will fit into the kit?
    Don’t worry. Remember, this service is available year-round for Robinson Township residents. Just schedule another collection! Small quantities may be combined with your neighbors. Waste Management’s Call Center (1-800-449-7587) will be happy to explain your options.
At Your Door Special Collection – How to Prepare Your Hazardous Household Waste for Collection

Examples of acceptable items that MUST be placed inside the container

Garden Chemicals Thermometers
Solvents Batteries
Oil-Based and Latex Paints Metal Polish
Aerosols Pool Chemicals
Cleaners Adhesives
Antifreeze Used Motor Oil

Items which may be placed OUTSIDE OF THE CONTAINER (Place no other waste outside the container)

Material Maximum Amount
Automotive Batteries Up to 4 batteries
Fluorescent Bulbs Up to 5 bulbs
Televisions One (1) each
Computer Monitors One (1) each
Consumer Electronics with Circuit Boards See instruction sheet for details
No console, lamps, appliances,exercise equipment, etc.
Materials that WILL NOT be collected as part of the At Your Door Special Collection
  • Ammunition
  • Medicine/Medical Waste
  • Sharps
  • Explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Any materials in unlabeled or leaking containers

If you have questions about proper disposal methods for non-acceptable items, commercial chemicals or hazardous materials in containers larger than five gallons, please contact the Call Center at 1-800-449-7587.