Recycling Program in Greene County to Reopen

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WAYNESBURG – A cooperative relationship between the County of Greene, Greene Arc, Inc. and Gateway Recycling provides an opportunity for Greene County residents and businesses to participate in a recycling program. However, the recycling program has been shuttered since Governor Wolf closed all non-life-sustaining businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now scheduled to reopen in phases beginning July 13, 2020.

      Greene Arc, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation providing Residential, Vocational, Day Support, Job Support, Job Opportunities, Advocacy and Mental Health/Recovery services to citizens with disabilities from Greene and surrounding counties. The activities of Greene Arc’s clients are regulated by the state Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) which recently provided reopening guidance allowing them to return to work.

      For decades recycling programs have paid for themselves or even earned revenue, but much has changed over the last couple of years and recycling, although well intentioned, has become an expensive proposition. Costs associated with the collection, transportation, processing and marketing of those recyclables have recently increased substantially.

      Currently, revenue from the sale of recyclables is insufficient to financially sustain recycling programs. As one of the largest consumers of recyclables, China has banned the importation of certain types of recyclables, as well as set strict contamination limits on recyclable materials. No longer will they accept shipments that are mixed with trash, the wrong type of recyclable, or low-quality recyclables. Now, supply is greater than demand severely diminishing the value of these materials.

      A coordinated effort in Greene County has the potential of reducing the overhead cost associated with our recycling program, but it relies on cooperation of the public and businesses, as well. In order to effectively receive, sort and process the anticipated onslaught of recyclable materials accumulated over the past several months, specific measures will be in effect until further notice.

      The recycling center located at 197 Dunn Station Road, Prosperity, PA 15329 will resume operations on July 13, 2020 for private citizens who individually deliver products for recycling. The facility will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 09:30 am – 1:00 pm. A staff member will examine your products to ensure they are acceptable. This will not be a “drop & go”.

      Of particular note, Greene Arc Recycling is unable to accept aluminum products (pop, soda and beer cans) at this time. If non-acceptable material is recognized by the staff, the citizen will need to return that to their home. You will not be permitted to use the dumpsters to dispose of products on site. County taxpayers bear a financial burden averaging $1,700 a month on disposing of materials delivered to the recycling center which are not recyclable.

      In the second phase of re-opening, on July 20, 2020, townships that choose to participate in the recycling program will be permitted to retrieve their trailers & begin the rotation process (swap out) of their assigned trailers. Townships are responsible for the quality of the recycling product they deliver in their trailers.

      The following is a list of ACCEPTABLE recyclable products:

      Paper as listed (please separate)

    • Cardboard (Corrugated Boxes, Chipboard, Empty Cereal Boxes)

    • Sorted Office Paper (White Paper, Envelopes, Copy Paper, Shredded Paper – staples and paperclips OK)

    • Mixed Paper (File folders, Junk mail, Magazines)

    • Newspaper (Black and White)

      Metals as listed:

    • Tin Cans (Soup Cans – rinsed and clean)

      Plastics as listed (please separate):

    • #1 PET Bottles (Water and Soda Bottles – clean and empty)

    • #2 HDPE Jugs (Milk Jugs – clean and empty)

      NOT ACCEPTED (to avoid any confusion, please review list of items that are NOT ACCEPTED)

    • Aluminum Cans (pop, soda, beer)

    • Plastics (Mixed Bottles, jars, bags, Styrofoam, vinyl siding, toys, buckets)

    • Wood (Furniture, TV Stands, Speakers, Pianos, Cabinets)

    • Glass (Windows, Automotive Glass, Mirrors, Ceramics)

    • Electronics (TVs, Computers, Speakers)

    • Clothes

    • Light Bulbs

    • Ink/Toner Cartridges

    • Mattresses or Carpets

    • Medical Equipment

    • Home Appliances

    • Batteries

    • Used Motor Oil

    • Tires

    • Any item with food residue

    • Construction Waste

    • Car Parts and Bicycles

      For more information on the recycling program please call Greene Arc, Inc. at 724-627-5511.

              Advocacy & Policy Conference

        Pictured left is Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary of ODP and on the right is Cynthia L. Dias, Greene Arc Executive Director. Cynthia is shown presenting artwork from her Chapter.

              Annual Membership Meeting

              October 17, 2019 - 5:00 PM
              Greene Arc Banquet Hall
              197 Dunn Station Road
              Prosperity, PA 15329
              Please RSVP no later than October 3rd
              by calling 724-627-5511.


              Who We Are . . .

              Greene Arc, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that provides Residential, Vocational, Day Support, Job Opportunities, Advocacy and Mental Health and Recovery Services to citizens with disabilities. Programs include Adult Day Training, Pre-Vocational Training, Job Coaching and Job Development and Community Services.

              Greene Arc also has a Residential Services Program that includes Community Living and Semi-Independent Living. In addition, Greene Arc offers mental health recovery programs that include the Drop-In Center in Waynesburg, Peer Specialists and assistance with personal finances.

              For more information about our organization and the services we provide, please enjoy our website.

              You may contact us by phone: 724-627-5511


              Click HERE To View EQT Rec Center.

              Click HERE To View Greene County Human Services.

Govenor Wolf Visits

Executive Director, Cynthia L. Dias had the opportunity to meet Govenor Wolf at his recent visit to the Ruff Creek Training Facility on January 11, 2018.


Rhythmic Music Class

Greene Arc, Inc. is excited to announce its new collaboration with Waynesburg University to start a rhythmic music class two days a week at the Drop-In Center. These classes will be led by students within the music department and Bonner Scholars. The aim of the program is to introduce musical expression through rhythm. Rhythmic instruments were purchased through a generous grant made possible by Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation.


Please Join Us...

Membership is the key to making a difference. By becoming a member of Greene Arc, YOU help promote the employment and independence of individuals with disabilities!

Opportunities to make a difference...

  • Volunteer at the Vocational Center
  • Help in one of our community homes
  • Join us on a community outing
  • Become a member of the Board of Directors
  • Serve on a committee:
    Public Relations

    Please enroll as a member of Greene Arc today! Membership $15.00/yrly. Individual or $15.00/yrly for Family. Become a friend of Greene Arc for $30.00/yrly, a Supporter for $50.00/yrly or you can sponsor for $100.00 a year.

    For membership enrollment and to volunteer, please call (724) 627-5511. Make all checks payable to:
    Greene Arc, Inc.