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Recycling & Solid Waste

Thanksgiving Night, November 27- NO Trash or Recycling Collection.   Thursday recycling delayed one day. Place recycling out on Friday night, November 28. Next trash collection in your area will be Monday night, December 1.

Ten bags of trash allowed.

Mission Statement

To provide for safe and proper collection and disposal of municipal waste and reduction of municipal solid waste in the City through recycling, composting, and waste reduction. To promote a cleaner and greener Allentown.


This program provides for the safe, efficient, and cost effective collection and disposal of municipal waste, recyclables, and yard waste from approximately 36,000 households, 400 small businesses, and City facilities. The bureau aims to reduce the City’s municipal solid waste stream by a minimum of 40% and comply with PA Act 101 (mandatory residential and commercial recycling law). This Bureau operates a recycling drop off center and yard waste site, and manages the Allentown Clean and Green and Graffiti Busters programs to reduce the incidence of litter and graffiti. The Bureau also monitors the Dorney Road (Oswald) Landfill Superfund Site. Objectives of this program include:
  • Maintain residential and commercial recycling participation rates above 90% and contamination rates below 7% through active education and enforcement efforts.
  • Reduce the amount of waste land-filled through recycling and trash collection limits.
  • Increase waste diversion through the operation of the Recycling Drop Off Center and yard waste site.
  • Install, maintain, and provide collection from approximately 250 Big Bellies and 400 litter receptacles.
  • Administer the commercial trash and recycling collection program as a service to small businesses.
  • Support recycling market development efforts
  • Develop and maintain accurate monitoring and reporting systems.
  • Maximize grant funding and increase alternative revenue sources.
  • Achieve a cleaner and greener City through community involvement, education, cleaning and enforcement.
  • Eradicate graffiti from public and private property and prevent graffiti through education and enforcement.


Contact Information

Ann Saurman

Tom Harper
SWEEP Manager and
Animal Control Manager

Eric Trobetsky
Operations Manager

Christine Stephens
Education & Enforcement Manager

Gabrielle Heiney
Office Manager