Trash and Recycling
Join the fight against trash in your neighborhood. Be a good tenant and a good neighbor!
MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR OBLIGATIONS REGARDING TRASH DISPOSAL AND RECYCLING.
Know what the city trash collection day is in your area. See the maps below.
If you live in University City:
- from Market Street to Woodland Avenue, east side of 42nd Street to campus and the south side of Pine Street to 51th Street, your trash pickup day is WEDNESDAY
- from the west side of 42nd Street westward, between Market Street and the north side of Pine Street, your trash pickup day is TUESDAY
- from Market Street north, east of 42nd Street to campus, your trash pickup day is MONDAY
If you live in Center City:
- north of Vine Street between 6th Street and 20th Street or south of Vine Street and west of 21st Street, your trash pickup day is MONDAY
- south of Vine Street between 16th Street and 21st Street, your trash pickup day is TUESDAY
- north of Vine Street and west of 20th Street or south of Vine Street between 11th Street and 16th Street, your trash pickup day is WEDNESDAY
- south of Vine Street between 6th and 11th, your trash pickup day is THURSDAY
- east of 6th Street, your trash pickup day is FRIDAY
- Put your trash out after 7:00 pm the night before the pickup and before 7:00 am the day of.
- Use sturdy trash bags, tie them securely and place them in the plastic or metal containers provided by the landlord.
- Cardboard boxes may never be used as containers for trash/recycling. You will be ticketed by the City of Philadelphia if you do. Dispose of flattened cardboard boxes with your recycling.
- Don't leave trash outside on your steps, sidewalk or a neighboring property.
- RECYCLING is every week the same day as trash pickup.
- The "All Together Now" (single-stream) program in Philadelphia is in place. Mixed recyclables can be set out in a single container. The city recycling program accepts steel and aluminum cans, glass, newspapers, cardboard, plastic bottles and mixed paper.
- Mixed paper can be placed in a paper bag or tied w/string.
- Only #1 and #2 plastics can be recycled.
- Cardboard boxes must be flattened in order to be accepted.
MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR PROPERTY OWNER/MANAGER’S RESPONSIBILITIES REGARDING TRASH DISPOSAL AND RECYCLING.
- Property and sidewalk must be kept free of trash and litter.
- Proper trash containers, either plastic or metal, should be provided.
- For properties that have over six rental units, the property owner must arrange for private trash collection.
- Property owners are responsible for informing tenants of trash disposal and recycling regulations. Such rules and regulations are usually made part of the lease. Remember: if your landlord gets fined by the city he/she will pass on the fine to you.
- Recycling is mandated by law in Philadelphia. If your landlord does not provide information or containers for recycling, request that he or she do so as soon as possible.
SWEEP (Streets and Walkways Education and Enforcement Program) is a city-run program created to educate Philadelphia citizens with regard to their responsibilities under the Sanitation Code. To contact SWEEP and all other Streets Departments Services for problems regarding trash and recycling collection, illegal dumping/cleanup, pothole and street repair, traffic signals and signs, alley lighting and street lighting you can call 215-686-5560, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website at www.phila.gov/streets.
University City District organizes Community Cleanups several times a year. Join your neighbors in keeping University City trash free and beautiful. For more information, go to www.ucityphila.org
Recycling in Philadelphia
Last modified: 2011-12-20 14:57:18