Properties with Commercial Hauler Service
Businesses, institutions and apartment complexes using private waste haulers can set up quality recycling programs that save money by reducing trash costs.
Compliance with Philadelphia's commercial waste regulations includes the following:
- Filing an official Recycling Plan online with the Philadelphia Streets Department. Click here for more information and to complete your plan. Businesses register recycling programs with the city and acknowledge accountability for providing employees, tenants, and patrons with the opportunity to separate recyclables from trash.
Publicly posting your Recycling Plan and distributing copies to all employees and tenants (a first step in educating everyone who occupies the building).
Providing adequate containers for separation of recyclables by employees and tenants. It is recommended that every employee or tenant be given a blue recycling container for separation of materials (a rule of thumb is one recycling receptacle for every trash receptacle).
Materials to separate are generally the same as residential single-stream materials and
- Flattened cardboard
- Mixed paper (newspaper, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, old files, reports, etc.)
- Glass jars and bottles
- Metal food and beverage cans (aluminum, bimetal tin cans)
- Plastic containers (#1 - #7)
- Food and beverage cartons (juice, milk, soup, ice cream, etc,)
A note on materials segregation requirements: Recyclables must be segregated from trash
at the point of generation and before disposal. There are no permitted facilities in
Pennsylvania capable of sorting recyclables from mixed garbage. Paper, cardboard, and
glass, metal, and plastic food and beverage containers can be set-out for recycling pickup
“single-stream”, or mixed together, just like recycling at home in Philadelphia. However,
some recycling companies may offer better contractual terms for segregated office paper,
cardboard, etc. Other materials that may be recyclable in business settings such as
organics and construction and demolition debris must be kept separate.