Here you will find frequently asked questions related to our services.

FAQ – Services

Where do I send payment?

For Temporary Dumpster Rental – 508 E. Baltimore Avenue Lansdowne, PA 19050

For Permanent Trash Removal – 25 Second Street Lansdowne, PA 19050

For Accurate Metals Dumpsters – 29 N. 5th Street Darby, PA 19023

Directions to our Lansdowne Recycling Center?

95 N – Take Exit 10 for Pennsylvania 291 E toward Bartram Ave – Turn Left on Bartram Ave – Turn Left on Island Ave – Turn Right onto Woodland Ave – Turn Left onto S 70th Street – Turn R onto S Church Ln – Turn L onto Baltimore Ave, Destination on Left
95 S – Take Exit 14 to merge onto Bartram Ave toward Essington Ave – Turn R onto Island Ave – Turn R onto Woodland Ave – Turn Left onto S 70th Street – Turn R onto S Church Ln – Turn L onto Baltimore Ave, Destination on Left
476 N – Take Exit 3 toward Swarthmore – Merge onto E Baltimore Pike approx. 6 miles on R
476 S – Take Exit 9 for PA-3E – Turn L onto PA-3E/West Chester Pike – Slight R onto Darby Rd (Lansdowne Ave) – Turn L on E Baltimore Avenue (past 2nd Wawa) .6 mi on R

What methods of payment do you accept?

Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Cash, Checks (for approved customers)

Do you accept trash at your yard?


Are you looking to start trash pick-up service at your location?

Our experts will perform a waste audit and review your waste stream and make an educated decision on a comprehensive waste service strategy.

Garbage Pickup Service
Contact us at 610-284-6600 or

Commercial Trash Pickup
Contact us at 610-284-6600 or

Start My Waste Services Today
Contact us, we are here to help begin your comprehensive waste removal program today!

Order Waste Services
Contact us at 610-284-6600 or

How do I start recycling pick up service?

After contacting us, we will do a waste audit and recommend service to you. If you are happy with your current service configuration we will offer better service for a better price.

What frequency of service for my recycling pickup?

We will come as frequent as you require our services.

How do I start my recycling service?

Contact us at 610-623-7772 or

How do I transfer services?

We will be happy to transfer waste removal service to your name or address. Please contact us with your updated information. Often we will request a W-9 with your taxpayer ID.

Transferring Trash Services? Contact Accurate Trash Removal, Inc. at 610-284-6600

Transferring Recycling Services? Contact Accurate Recycling Corp at 610-623-7772

Change name or billing information – Often a business is sold and the new owners wish to continue with the same waste service and schedule. We welcome your business and invite you to call us with your information.

Can I place my account on vacation hold?

Certainly. Please be sure to contact us ahead of time so we can prorate your bill and notify our dispatch of your hold on service.

How do I place a temporary hold on trash service?

Contact us at 610-284-6600

How do I place a temporary hold on recycling service?

Contact us at 610-623-7772 or email

I need to add recycling service

No problem.  We can either increase your service frequency or offer a larger container.  Every situation is unique.  We will discuss this with you and find a solution, together.

I need to add trash service

Contact us at 610-284-6600 or

I need to add dumpster service

Contact us at or 610-623-3700

Looking to add Asphalt Shingle Recycling Service?

We offer dedicated dumpsters for shingles or compartmentalized dumpsters to keep your trash separate from your shingles, all in one dumpster.

Got metal scrap and need service?

We can either come to you with our dumpster or you can come to one of our two locations in Lansdowne, PA or Darby, PA.

Need demolition services, commercial or residential?

Please contact us at 610-623-3700

How do I reactivate service?

Please call one of our offices for assistance.

How do I reactivate trash service?

Please contact us at 610-284-6600 or

How do I reactivate dumpster service?

Please contact our dumpster department at 610-623-3700 or

How do I reactivate recycling service?

Please contact our recycling manager at 610-623-7772 or

How do I start new services?

Contact us at 610-623-7772.  We are here to help M-F 6AM – 4:30PM

How do I get my trash or recycling container replaced?

Often containers and dumpsters need replacing, sometimes fixing.  Please contact us in the event your dumpster or container is damaged or missing.

How do I replace my trash container?

Contact our trash office at 610-284-6600

How do I replace my recycling container?

Contact our recycling office at 610-623-7772

How do I replace my dumpster?

Please contact our dumpster department at 610-623-3700 or

What is included with scrap metal service?

If requested, we will provide delivery and pickup of ordered dumpster for your scrap metals, included in your low, flat-rate pricing

What is included with demolition service?

Depending on the scale of your demo project, we will supply wrecking equipment, dumpsters, and hauling as part of your comprehensive demolition solution

FAQ – Materials Not accepted

Materials Not Accepted

Certain materials are not acceptable to dispose of in our dumpsters or trash containers.

What materials are not accepted?

All hazardous waste
Asbestos shingles
Scrap metals containing refrigerant (freon)

What are hazardous materials?

What are hazardous materials?

Any waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. In the United States, the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Hazardous wastes are materials that are known or tested to exhibit one or more of the following four hazardous traits:

1. Ignitability
2. Reactivity
3. Corrosivity
4. Toxicity

Some common hazardous wastes are:

1. Paints and solvents
2. Automotive wastes – oil, fuel, antifreeze
3. Pesticides
4. Mercury-containing wastes – thermostats, thermometers
5. Electronics – computers, cellphones, televisions
6. Aerosols
7. Fuels – oil, gas, diesel, kerosene
8. Ammunition
9. Radioactive wastes

Hazardous materials disposal?

Historically, hazardous wastes were disposed of in regular landfills. This resulted in large amounts of hazardous materials seeping into the ground and water. Many landfills now require countermeasures against groundwater contamination, such as protective barriers that line the foundation of the landfill to contain the wastes from seeping into the ground. Hazardous wastes must be stabilized or solidified prior to entering a landfill.

Did you know? You can pour kitty litter in a can of paint to help solidify the paint, stabilizing it for proper disposal.

Hazardous materials recycling? Hazardous wastes can be recycled into new products. Electronics waste, or e-Waste is taking hold across the planet. It is the fastest growing waste stream in the world, currently. Many e-waste facilities are demanufacturing electronics, separating the metals and plastic, and recycling them.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a set of naturally occurring silicate minerals used commercially for their physical properties. It became popular among manufacturers and builders because of its resistance to fire, heat and chemical damage, average tensile strength and sound absorption. It was used for electrical and building insulation. Roofing products were manufactured with asbestos from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. Asbestos-containing materials can be found in nearly 80% of structures built prior to 1981.

However, asbestos was discovered as a very harmful substance. Asbestos contains microscopic fibers which float freely through the air when disturbed and are easily inhaled. Asbestos can cause a cancer known as mesothelioma. For years, many workers who inhaled asbestos were not aware of the hazards. Always consult a professional prior to beginning any construction project on all pre 1981 structures.

What to do with asbestos waste

Contact your local township or a company that is licensed to accept hazardous materials.

Why you can’t put asbestos in our landfills

Actually asbestos can be disposed of in properly licensed landfills that accept asbestos and hazardous wastes. It is however, illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins. It is also illegal to recycle, re-use, or illegally dump asbestos products.

Visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency for more information.

Why closed containers are not accepted

Containers such as propane tanks, and other sealed fuel tanks are not acceptable in our dumpsters or trash containers. The trash is packed under high pressure, which could rupture a propane tank causing an explosion. You must properly dispose of closed fuel tanks.

What you can do if you need to dispose of a closed container – contact your local township or hazardous materials accepting facility.

Are flammable materials acceptable to dispose of in waste containers?

No.  These are a hazard to the truck, the driver, and the community near the truck.  Never dispose of flammable materials in a trash container.

Flammable materials list:

Paint thinner
Alcohol etc.

Can I dispose of fuel oil, motor oil or cooking oil?

Fuel oil is considered hazardous and is not acceptable waste in our containers.

Fuel Oil Disposal – Contact your township office or local hazardous waste facility.

Fuel Oil Recycling – Some gas stations and mechanic shops will accept fuel oil to be recycled.

More information about safe disposal of oil can be found here

Concerns about liquids in trash or recycling?

Liquids like cooking oils must be properly disposed of or recycled.  Liquids cannot be disposed of in trash containers or dumpsters.  Consult the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for more information:

Some liquids that cannot be accepted:

Fuel – gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene
Paint solvents
Cooking oils
Motor oil

Medical Waste Disposal FAQ

Accurate does not accept any medical waste currently. This is classified as a hazardous waste and must be properly disposed of with a hauler licensed to handle these materials.

Medical Waste contains biohazards such as needles, bodily fluids and tissues, and other materials unsafe for disposal in common landfills.

Why Mercury Thermostats are not accepted by Accurate

Why Mercury Thermostats are not accepted by Accurate – Thermostats are often classified as “mercury containing equipment” or a device or part of a device that contains elemental mercury integral to its function.
Mercury is a chemical element; the only metal that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure. Mercury is extremely toxic, can cause both chronic and acute poisoning and must be handled with care.

Your options for disposal of mercury thermostats:

• Your local municipality website containing information on mercury disposal
• US Environmental Protection Agency –
• The Thermostat Recycling Corporation –
• – offers local listings for recycling companies that also accept hazardous wastes

What to do with open paint cans?

Paint is often toxic to you and the environment, and it must be disposed of properly. It is unlawful to dispose of paint cans containing liquid paint.

Mix your unused paint with kitty litter to help solidify and stabilize your paint prior to disposal.

Propane Tanks

Propane tanks contain compressed gas, and are highly flammable and explosive under pressure. It is unlawful to dispose of a compressed gas tank with your trash. We do not accept them.

Propane Tank Disposal? Your local propane supplier will often accept old propane tanks for a fee. Some scrap yards will accept them if they are empty and the valve has been removed. Always call first.

Propane Tank Recycling – Feel free to contact Scully Welding Supply or Scully Propane Services at 610-586-8800.

Radioactive Materials

All radioactive materials are hazardous and unacceptable in your trash containers and dumpsters. It is highly unlawful to dispose of radioactive material improperly.

Radioactive materials disposal – Contact the Environmental Protection Agency or your local municipality or state environment office.


A solvent is a substance that dissolves a solute (a chemically different liquid, solid or gas), resulting in a solution. Solvents are hazardous wastes. We do not accept solvents with your trash. It is unlawful to dispose of solvents in trash containers.

Solvent Recycling – Many mechanic shops and gas stations will recycle solvents for you.

Solvent Disposal – Contact your local municipality for nearby hazardous waste disposal.

Used tires

Scrap tires are not treated as hazardous wastes. However, once a tire is burned, tires break down into hazardous compounds including gasses, heavy metals, and oils. Most states have passed scrap tire regulations requiring proper management.

Waste tires present environmental and health hazards. Recently, stagnant rainwater accumulating in old tires has been correlated to mosquitoes transmitting West Nile Virus. Tires are also flammable and can burn for weeks, causing them to decompose into oil which leaches into the ground.

Used tire recycling – Visit the PA Department of Environmental Protection for more information here


Car batteries are the most recycled products in the U.S., having a 99 % recycling rate. Accurate Metals will purchase your old car battery at either of our scrap yard locations in Lansdowne, PA or Darby, PA.

Battery Recycling –Accurate Metals will pay you for all car batteries. Stop in one of our scrap yards today!

Battery Disposal – Virtually all retailers of car batteries will properly dispose of your old battery for you.

Fluorescent light bulbs

Fluorescents use significantly less energy that incandescent bulbs, however, fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, and are classified as a hazardous waste. We do not accept any hazardous wastes.

Fluorescent light bulb disposal – Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website for more information.

Recycling fluorescent light bulbs

Recycling prevents the release of mercury into the environment
Recycling CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs allow the reuse of glass, metals and other materials
Virtually all components of a fluorescent bulb may be recycled
Most states require recycling of fluorescent light bulbs

FAQ – Schedule

When will we pick up your trash?

As frequent or infrequent as you specify or on an as-needed basis

When will we pick up your recyclables?

On the days you specify or as frequent as necessary.

When will we pick up your dumpster?

Whenever you arrange or specify, we will pick it up or switch it

What holidays affect dumpster rental service?

All major holidays we are closed. Check our Service Updates page for more information.

Holiday Service Schedule

Our main office is closed on main holidays, however we often operate on holidays

Holiday Trash Service

Please call our office at 610-284-6600 to confirm each holiday schedule.  Often we run trash services on major holidays

Holiday Recycling Service

Please call our recycling office at 610-623-7772 regarding holiday recycling service.

My pick-up was missed, what do I do?

Sometimes it can be impossible to pick up your trash or recyclables.  Often this is because of a car blocking your container or dumpster, no foreman on a job site or some unforeseen event.  Please call us as soon as possible to let us know.  Our drivers will notify dispatch about any missed stops, and more than likely we will have already called you.  We will return the same day or the following day to service you.

FAQ – Trash Services

Do you offer locks for container lids?

Yes we offer locking devices for your containers.  There is either a one time or monthly fee depending on the device you choose.

What is your service area?

Please visit our Service Area page.  Accurate Trash Removal provides front and rear-load trash and recyclables disposal services throughout the Philadelphia area including Delaware County and Chester County.

What are the surcharges?

Please contact us to discuss any applicable surcharges at 610-284-6600

Do I need a permit/license for my container?

If in Philadelphia, yes. It is the customer’s responsibility to obtain a permit or license for your trash container and dumpster.  For more information, please visit

What recycling materials are accepted in commingled/single stream containers?

Aluminum cans
Tin cans

Can I set up auto payments?

Yes.  Please visit our bill pay page to set this up.

What days of the week can you provide service?

Monday through Saturday

Do you accept trash at your yard?


Do you provide Food and/or Organic Waste Services?

Not at this time for permanent trash service,
but we can provide open-top roll-off dumpsters for temporary organics removal.

What if my trash container get stolen?

Unfortunately this happens also.  Please contact Accurate Trash Removal at 610-284-6600 to report the stolen container as soon as possible.

Where do I place my trash container(s)?

Our salesman will come to your location and identify where you prefer the container to be placed.  If placed in the public’s right of way in Philadelphia you will be required to obtain a permit.  More information can be found here.

What items cannot go into my trash or recycling container?

All hazardous materials are unacceptable in any of our containers.  This includes:

Construction or Demolition Waste
Liquids – cooking oil etc.

Please visit our materials not accepted page for more information

What is included with my trash service?

Your trash and/or recycling container(s) will be provided complementary with your service.

FAQ – Recycling Services

Do we provide plastic recycling bins?

No, but please check with your township

Do we provide shredding services?

Not at this time, but we can refer you

Do you pay for newspaper?

Not from the public in small volumes.  If you have large volumes of wastepaper, please contact us to discuss.  610-623-7772

Can I dump waste paper at your yard?


Do you take plastics?

We do not currently accept plastic from the public

What do you accept at your yard?

Asphalt shingles, vinyl siding, metal scrap, cardboard & wastepaper.

What is included with my recycling service?

We will provide reporting when necessary, of all grades of recyclables and their weights for high volume recycling services.  We will also provide prompt, reliable service and leave your facility clean and tidy when we are through servicing you.

FAQ – Dumpster Services

How long can I keep the dumpster for? What if I need it longer than 7 days?

Typically one week, but let us know your concerns and we will accomodate you

What are your delivery hours?

Generally between 6:00AM – 4:00PM

Are there any additional charges?

Only if your dumpster is over the allotted weight for your size dumpster.  Other than that, no additional charges

How do we pay for the dumpster?

Visa, MC, Discover, Cash

Do you deliver/remove dumpsters on Saturdays?

Yes we do

Do we need a permit for the dumpster?

Temporary Construction Dumpsters that are placed in the public right-of-way require a special permit. For additional information, contact the Streets Department’s Permit Unit at 215-686-5500 or click here.

How much does the permit cost?

Contact the Philadelphia Streets Department for current rates at 215-686-5500

Do your dumpsters have reflectors on them?

Yes, all of our dumpsters have reflectors on them.

Do you provide covers for the dumpsters?

No, but we suggest tarping them in the city at night.

Can we dispose of paint, tires, or oil in the dumpster?


Where can we dispose of paint, tires, or oil?

Check with your local township

Can we dispose of TV’s in the dumpster?

No, check with your local township, scrap yard or Best Buy

Do your dumpsters have doors on them?

Yes, all dumpsters open completely on one side

Do you give discounts or offer coupons for discounts?

We feel our rates are competitive; however, if your project requires multiple dumpsters, sometimes we can offer discounted rates

Do you supply wood to place under the wheels of the dumpster so it will not damage my driveway?

No, the customer will be required to supply proper protection for driveways

How to change or cancel dumpster service?

Change dumpster service – No worries, call our office at 610-623-7772 for fast changes or email

Cancel dumpster service – Please call our office at 610-623-7772 as soon as possible to ensure the driver is not en route to your location.

Can my dumpster be removed sooner?

Absolutely! Please call us at 610-623-3700 or email and we will dispatch a truck

Can I keep my dumpster longer?

Absolutely!  Please call us or email at 610-623-7772 or to request keeping your dumpster longer

Is your service available 24 hrs a day?

Typically no.  However, some situations are unique.  We are flexible and will work with you to suit your needs.  Please let us know what level of service you seek and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Not ready for dumpster delivery or dumpster removal?

No worries.  Please let us know to be sure we haven’t already dispatched a truck to your location.  We are happy to work with you.  Contact us at 610-623-3700 or

Do I have to be there when my dumpster is delivered/removed?

Not necessarily.  If you have already paid and instructed our dispatcher where to locate your dumpster, you need not be present.

How much can the dumpster hold?

Please visit our Dumpsters page for more information.

Will I be billed for extra weight?

Our dumpsters have weight limits.  Dumpsters can get very heavy very fast and we must implement weight limits appropriately.  Our dispatcher will discuss weight limits with you when you inquire.

Capacities for each size dumpster?

Please visit our Dumpsters page for more information.

Dumpster Sizes?

We offer 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 yard dumpsters.  Please visit our DUMPSTER PAGE for more information

Trash Container Sizes?

We provide both front and rear load trash and recycling containers ranging from ½ yard to 8 yards in capacity.  Please visit our CONTAINERS PAGE for more information.

Service Schedule?

Please contact us regarding your service schedule

Trash Pick Up Time?

Please contact Accurate Trash Removal, Inc. regarding your pickup time at 610-284-6600

Recycling Pick Up Time?

Please contact Accurate Recycling regarding your recycling pickup time at 610-623-7772.

How many squares will an asphalt shingle dumpster hold?

Approximately 100 squares will fit in a 30 yard dumpster

What can I put in the dumpster?

If you arrange for a dumpster rental for a specific type of waste or recyclable, only that waste discussed

Non-hazardous materials only

No paints, solvents or flammable items

No Tires

Do I call when finished with the dumpster or do you automatically remove it?

We will remove it when you call us, unless you make arrangements for removal upon delivery

What is included with my dumpster service?

We will provide delivery and pickup of ordered dumpster, included in your low, flat-rate pricing.

FAQ – Metal Scrap

What are ferrous metals?

Metals containing iron such as steel and iron alloys such as stainless steel.

Mild Steel – lowest carbon content of 0.1 to .3% and iron content of 99.7 – 99.9%. Used commonly for engineering and non-specialized products.
Carbon Steel – higher carbon content of 0.6 – 1.4% and iron content of 98.6 – 99.4%. Used to manufacture cutting tools such as drill bits and knives.
Stainless Steel – or corrosion-resistant steel, consists of iron, nickel and chromium. Used commonly for cutlery and surgical instrumentation.
Cast Iron – carbon content of 2 – 6% and iron content of 94 – 98%. Very strong steel but brittle. Commonly used to manufacture claw-foot bathtubs, patio furniture, engine blocks and manhole covers.
Wrought Iron – almost 100% iron. Commonly used for railings, gates and fencing.

What are non-ferrous metals?

Aluminum – an alloy of copper, manganese and aluminum. Very lightweight and pliable. Used in window frames, gutters, roof flashing, and aircraft parts.
Copper – A naturally occurring element. Copper has the best electrical conductivity of all other elements after silver. Also a thermal conductor. Used for wiring, tubing, and plumbing. Also commonly alloyed with other metals such as zinc, lead and tin to produce items such as water valves.
Brass – A combination of copper and zinc. Commonly used for ornamental purposes such as door knobs and within electrical fittings.
Silver – Another naturally occurring element, but mixing with copper creates sterling silver. Used for jewelry and within electrical fittings.
Lead – A naturally occurring element commonly used in battery plates that function as electrodes. Also used as protection against X-rays.
Tin – one of the most expensive non-ferrous metals, making recycling tin very important. Used to coat steel cans, manufacture springs, glass coating and in car parts.

What metals will we pay for?

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Lead
  • Cast Iron
  • Bronze
  • Stainless Steel
  • Light Iron
  • more!

What if I have more scrap metal than I can haul myself?

Call us for a dumpster!  We will only charge you a hauling fee and rebate you for your scrap!

Where are our scrap yards?

Accurate Metals Lansdowne

508 E Baltimore Avenue

Lansdowne, PA 19050


Accurate Metals Darby

29 N. 5th Street

Darby, PA 19023


What are our hours?

Accurate Metals Lansdowne: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM  Monday – Friday,  Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM

Accurate Metals Darby: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday, Closed Saturday

Is the scrap yard open on Saturday?

Accurate Metals Lansdowne is open on Saturday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM