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PHILADELPHIA – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that the Streets Department has expanded the hours of operations of its six Sanitation Convenience Centers by four hours. All locations are now open from 6 am to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday except on City-observed holidays. The previous service hours were 8 am to 6 pm. However, the Streets Department has expanded the hours of operations by four hours to increase accessibility and convenience for Philadelphia residents.

The Sanitation Convenience Centers are a convenient, free service for City residents and an extension of curbside service. The purpose is to provide residents an opportunity to dispose of materials not accepted in the weekly curbside collections and/or may exceed the weekly set out limits. “TVs, tires, and mattresses are the most illegally dumped items throughout the City. Aside from being rude to your neighbors and bad for the environment— illegal dumping of these items is easily avoidable,” said Streets Commissioner Williams. He added, “The Streets Department appreciates that on some occasions households may generate large amounts of trash.  Providing four additional service hours aims to discourage short dumping and enables us to improve our customer service to residents.”

Sanitation Convenience Centers:

Port Richmond
3901 Delaware Ave.

Strawberry Mansion
2601 W. Glenwood Ave.

West Philadelphia
5100 Grays Ave.

Southwest Philadelphia
3033 S. 63rd St., near Passyunk Ave.

Northwest Philadelphia
300 block Domino Lane, near Umbria St.

Northeast Philadelphia
State Rd. & Ashburner St.

“There is no reason for Philadelphia households to illegally dump on lots or corners,” said Deputy Commissioner Keith Warren. “Residents can use the centers for common issues, such as, dropping off collections prior to going out of town, missing their regular collection day, or getting rid of materials  that exceed the weekly limit or are special items, such as, old electronics and appliances.”

As always, there is no charge to drop-off materials. No waste materials generated by businesses or non-Philadelphia residents will be accepted. Residents wishing to use the Sanitation Convenience Centers must show proof of Philadelphia residency.  

The following types of materials are accepted at the Sanitation Convenience Centers:

  • Automotive tires, limited to four per day
  • Bulk items, large metal household items/appliances or items containing refrigerants, limited to two a day
  • Christmas trees
  • Collectible rubbish, up to six receptacles (or 12 bags)
  • E-waste, including computers, monitors, televisions, and other computer-related equipment
  • Latex- or water-based paint cans that are partially full can be solidified by adding an absorbent material such as "kitty litter" or newspaper prior to disposal
  • Mattresses and box springs, unwrapped
  • Recyclable materials, as part of the City’s Recycling Program
  • Yard waste, accepted for recycling on Saturdays, and must be free of contamination and contained in paper bags only

The expansion of the service hours is one of several services to support the City’s Zero Waste and Litter-Free vision, to continually reduce the waste entering landfills or conventional incinerators, combat litter, and enhance the cleanliness of streets and public spaces.