Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
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Athens Township Recycling Program

 PRESS RELEASE from Athens Township

The Board of Supervisors of Athens Township have come to a tough decision to close the Athens Township Recycling Center on Herrick Avenue effective March 1, 2020. This was a very hard decision for us to make, but it was time.

We have always lost money on the recycling center, but we kept it going because it was a great service not just to our residents, but to anyone who wanted to use the center.
Staffing has been a concern for the last few years. We have been very fortunate to have an amazing group of high school kids that have kept the center going. We need to have an adult overseeing the center when it is open to make sure residents are doing things properly and orderly, not only to make sure regulations are followed, but for the safety of the workers and the patrons. The kids try their very best to do that, but it’s a losing battle. Now with spring sports, school plays and other functions gearing up, we have a hard time keeping the center staffed. These are high school kids who should be doing high school things and we support that! We have substitutes, but most of them are involved in things, too. We just cannot keep up with things anymore – not for lack of trying!

We know this will be an inconvenience to those that faithfully use the recycling center, and we sincerely regret having to take this course of action. Sayre Borough has a recycling center by Riverfront Park that is available for use. You may also wish to contact your garbage service to see if they offer recycling service. We apologize for this disruption, and we thank you for your understanding.

Athens Township Supervisors


NTSWA is happy to announce they are now able to accept plastics #1-7 from any location they are currently accepting plastics from. This includes your drop-off location!  This means that the Athens Township Recycle Center ill now be accepting these plastics. This includes, but is not limited to, soda and water bottles, milk and laundry jugs, shampoo bottles, butter tubs, yogurt containers, tv dinner trays, food clamshells, and plastic film. All plastics can be grouped together.


 The Athens Township Recycle Center (ATRC) is located on Herrick Avenue between the Athens Twp. Municipal building and the Athens Twp. Fire Hall.

Hours of operation:
Thursdays from 4 PM to 7 PM
Saturdays from 8 AM to 2 PM

The Athens Township Recycle Center is a drop-off facility where residents can bring recyclables to be "dropped off" in the proper collection bins. All recyclables need to be sorted.  Our recycling employees are there to assist you in seeing the proper items are placed in the proper bins.

The ATRC will accept the following items:

  1. Newspapers must be dry and clean. (Black and white print only) Glossy color inserts, separated from the newspaper print, will be taken too.
  2. Magazines and junk mail must be dry and clean.
  3. Aluminum cans must be rinsed clean.
  4. Tin and bi-metal cans must be rinsed clean.  (Lables do not have to be removed.)
  5. # 1-#7 Plastic must be rinsed clean, and all caps and neck rings must be removed.  The only # 1 and # 2 plastic containers accepted are containers where the mouth opening is smaller than the base. Others will not be accepted. NTSWA Plastic Recycling Hints
  6. Clear, brown and green glass must be rinsed clean with caps and neck rings removed. (Separate by color.)
  7. Corrugated cardboard must be clean, dry and broken down flat.
  8. Appliances and scrap metal loads must be inspected before they will be accepted.
  9. Textiles
  10. Leaves

Please contact the township office at 570-888-2325 if you have any questions.