Into what categories should trash be separated?
The categories are:
- Collectible Trash
- Yard Waste
- Oversized items
- Newspaper, magazines, flattened cardboard, and mixed paper
- Glass food and beverage containers
- Metal: any aluminum, steel, bi-metal food or beverage containers, and empty paint or aerosol cans
- #1 and #7 plastics
What happens if the trash truck misses my house or block?
The Customer Affairs Unit will get detailed information from you (i.e., location, time and vehicle number on the door)and report it to the Area Supervisor. In some instances, the trash may have been set out too late or there are visible contaminants in the trash. Call 215-686-5560
Should I set my trash out on holidays for collection?
No. You should not set your trash out on holidays for collection. Trash will be collected a day late after holidays. Click here for the holiday schedule
Will my oversized items be collected?
No. Oversized items, such as, appliances and other household items that contain significant amounts of metal and do not fit in a 32-gallon receptacle will not be collected at curbside. Metal oversized items, such as, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. will have to be disposed of privately or taken to one of our Sanitation Convenience Centers
. Effective December 1, the regulations for setting out mattresses and box springs will change, requiring residents to place these items out completely wrapped and sealed for collection. This regulation is being instituted to protect the public and Streets Department employees from the spread of bed bugs.
What do I do with tires?
Tires are not collected at curbside. Residents may bring up to four (4) tires a day to one of our Sanitation Convenience Centers
, or dispose of them privately.
What do I do with my old TV or computer?
Computers, monitors, televisions, and other computer related equipment are not collected at curbside. Residents may take these items to one of our Sanitation Convenience Centers
Is there any special way to set out yard waste?
Yard Waste is tree trimmings, brush cuttings, dirt and leaves. Except during the "leaf season" yard waste may be placed in trash receptacles and plastic bags with your collectible trash. Tree and brush cuttings should be cut in pieces small enough to fit into a 32-gallon receptacle.
Who cleans public areas that have illegal dumping?
Citywide Cleaning Unit uses a short dump crew to clean public areas that have illegal dumping.
What other services are done by Citywide Cleaning?
Citywide cleaning is responsible for cleaning after Special Events such as parades and ball games. However, the event organizer/holder will assume responsibility to pay for all costs involved in the cleanup efforts. They use compactors for Saturday during neighborhood cleanups (approved by Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee).
Who is responsible for cleaning alleys and driveways?
Cleaning of alleys and driveways is the sole responsibility of the property owner.