Trash & Recycling

What type of container can I use?

  • use tight-fitting lids
  • use metal or other non-corrodible cans (32 gallons max), or substantial leak-proof bags (26 to 32 gallons)
  • wood scraps must be less than 4 ft long and weigh no more than 40lbs
  • No cardboard boxes or city litter baskets (latter only for pedestrian use)

What is the maximum I can place out for collection?

  • Trash: Up to 4 containers (32 gal max) or 8 (26 to 32 gallons) leak-proof bags. Must weigh less than 40 lbs.
  • Yard Waste: Up to 4 cans (32 gal) or 8 bags. Must weigh less than 40 lbs.
  • Recyclable Materials: No limit, but no container may exceed 20 gallons or weigh more than 25 lbs.

Where should I place my trash and recycling?
On your property (sidewalk adjacent to the curb or adjacent to the driveway where there is driveway collection) on your scheduled collection day

When should I place my trash and recycling out for collection?

  • between 7:00 PM the night before and 7:00 AM the day of collection
  • Early Collection (Vine St. to Bainbridge St., from Schuylkill River to Delaware River): Trash/recycling should be set out between 8:00 PM the night before collection day and 6:00 AM the day of collection

What you can recycle:

  • Mixed Paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Mail
  • Phone books
  • Food boxes
  • Computer and office paper
  • Cardboard
  • Empty and flattened
  • Glass
  • Food/beverage jars and bottles
  • Metals: Tin, aluminum and steel cans
  • Plastics: Soda, milk, water bottles
  • All household plastic items numbered #1 through #7
  • Cartons: Food and beverage cartons including juice, milk,, soup, wine, juice boxes, ice cream

What you can’t recycle:

  • Metal: Aluminum foil, pots/pans, paper clips Glass: Light bulbs, window glass
  • Mixed paper: Hardback books, tissues, paper towels, napkins, wax-coated cups or containers, food -soiled paper, file folders
  • Plastic: Plastic bags, PVC pipe, packing inserts or “peanuts”, medical plastics, including IV tubing, sharps, and syringes.
  • Other: Styrofoam, chemicals, rubber, wood, and ceramic or porcelain plates or cup containers

For more trash & recycling information please call 3-1-1 or visit PhiladelphiaStreets.com/recycling 


 

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