Recycling & Solid Waste


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Curbside Collection

Friendly reminder about our curbside trash and recycling in Allentown:

Trash – a maximum of five (5) bags of trash (maximum 40 lb weight and 30 gallon size per bag) OR two (2) trash cans per collection night (maximum 70 lb weight and 32 gallon volume per can).
Bulk – One bulk item per week, on your SECOND collection night; Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Examples of bulk include: one piece of furniture, a mattress & boxspring set, or 40 lb maximum of construction material.
Recycling – Unlimited amount of household plastics, papers, cardboard, glass, cans and cartons. City-issued recycling containers must be used. Do NOT bag your recyclables – they are to be loose in your container. Cardboard may be flattened and placed next to your recycling bin. 
Recycling bins are available for pick up at the Recycling Office:
641 S. 10th St., Allentown PA 18103
Mon – Fri  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Yard Waste – Only collected curbside from April to November on your recycling night. Place organic yard debris in a brown paper lawn bag or a rigid container, 32-gallons or smaller, with a Yard Waste sticker on it. Stickers are availabe at the Recycling Office. City-issued recycling containers may NOT be used for yard waste. Piles of branches/brush must be bundled and wrapped with twine or rope. 

*If you ever have any questions about curbside trash and recycling collection, please do not hesitate to call our office. 

A Message About Trash Can Size Limits

Residents have the ability to use both regular trash cans and wheeled trash carts, as long as they fall within the 32-gallon size limit and do not weigh over 70 lbs (each) when filled with trash.
Unsure if your can or cart meets the size requirement?
A 32-gallon wheeled cart, generally, should not be any taller than your hip.
A 32-gallon trash can holds approximately 2-3 tall kitchen trash bags.


Click on the city map above and enter your address to look up your next collection of trash and recycling.

Reporting a missed trash or recycling collection? Here are a few things to remember:

  • Trash and recycling must be placed at the curb between 5:00pm and 10:00pm.
  • The hauler has until 12:00 noon the following day to finish collections.
  • Prior to reporting a miss, check to see if your neighbor’s trash and/or recycling has been collected. It’s possible they haven’t been to your area yet.
  • Any item rejected at the curb must be removed within 12 hours.
  • For collections in the Friday night collection zone, please call the office by 10:00am Saturday and leave a detailed message on the answering machine to ensure your missed items will be collected by 1:00pm on Saturday.
  • Misses reported after 10:00am on Saturday will be collected by 10:00am Monday morning according to the City’s contract.
641 S. 10th Street
Allentown, PA 18103
610.437.8729Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:30pm
*Payments accepted until 4:00pm.

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