The City of Bethlehem’s free recycling center, 635 Illick’s Mill Road, is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (weather permitting).
Clean clear, green and brown glass (with labels and caps); food-grade cans of steel, tin, bimetallic and aluminum (no formed aluminum containers); empty aerosol cans; #1 through #7 plastics (remove caps and crush - no plastic bags, film, plastic toys) smaller than a five gallon bucket; newspapers and inserts tied in manageable bundles or in brown paper bags; books (hard and soft cover), magazines, catalogs, gift wrap, cards and shiny paper; corrugated cardboard and flatboard (tears brown or gray - separate corrugated cardboard from flatboard): mixed office paper, envelopes (with or without windows), index cards, manila folders, carbonless forms, shredded papers, calculator tape, copier and computer paper.
Also: telephone directories; scrap metals (includes anything that’s at least half metal - no propane tanks; no sealed vessels - no paint cans; motorized equipment such as lawn mowers must have gas and oil drained completely; white goods (large appliances, certified freon-free); textiles (old clothes, paired shoes, curtains, purses, belts, remnants 15 x 15 or larger) in clear, plastic bags; and styrofoam (must snap when you bend it - no foam) are also taken.
The center does not take electronics (televisions, microwaves, computer equipment, etc.), pillows, rugs, carpets, canvas or packing peanuts.
BRC provides free shredding services for businesses and private individuals. Call 610-865-7082 for information or to schedule an appointment. For information, visit www.bethlehem-pa.gov/recycling/services/theis_cornfeld.html.