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
- Phone books
- Food boxes
- Computer and office paper
- Empty and flattened
- 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