The following tips are the best tips for Malvern residents, not all tips. See this community maintained google sheet for all Malvern, PA tips.
Recycling Malvern, PA
Thrift Shop at Good Sam is a small shop that accepts sellable, in season goods. They raise money for families in need. Cash only. They don't want anything out of season or not sellable due to poor condition.
Buy Nothing Malvern, PA is Facebook group where you can "gift" what you want to give away. Most of the posters are reliable and punctual. There is a Buy Nothing phone app to try out as well to avoid the need for Facebook.
Recycling Plastic Film
Home Depot, Target, Giant, and Wegmans all accept plastic film. Plastic film is what stretches and is clear. Those white frozen vegetable bags are not recyclable plastic film (throw them out).
Car Related Waste Recycling
Advanced Auto Frazer accepts Auto Transmission Fluid, Coolant, Gear Oil, and Motor Oil. They also accept car batteries and will give you $10 store credit (no one else close by gives you a credit).
If your TV is old and working. Try posting to Facebook as free or Craigslight as free. Some retro gamers are seeking old TVs with composite and component connections.
If your TV is new and broken. Try posting to Facebook as free or Craigslight as free. Some people are willing to try to fix them.
PECO will pick up your old fridge or freezer for free and give you $75. You can also get a $10 rebate for an old, working room air conditioners and mini-fridges with the pickup of qualifying full-size refrigerator or freezer.
The closest option for recycling styrofoam is Lanchester Landfill which is a 30+ minute drive for us. It is a nice drive with garden centers and dairy farms along the way to stop at.
Household Batteries and Scrap Metal
The only option for household batteries is West Chester Recycling so save up your scrap and batteries to recycle in one trip.
Compute for Care will fix up your donated laptop and give it to someone in need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org directly if you don't use facebook.
Old Books and Eyeglasses
Take your old books to the Chester County library in Exton, PA. The back door entrance area is the best place to drop off if the library is open. If closed, just put in the bin. Your donated books will go to a book sale that is a fundraiser for our library.
At the entrance of the Chester County library in Exton, PA there's a bin for gently used glasses.
Sephora in Exton now has a box at the register to recycle cosmetic, beauty and similar containers (e.g. perfume, makeup, skin care) - plastic, glass and even multi-component items like eyeshadow palletes and compacts