The city of Allentown is suspending bulk item curbside collection effective the week of March 29 until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency.
This decision was made between the city’s contracted hauler, Waste Management, and the administration in accordance with the terms of the contract.
The suspension of bulk item collection will enable Waste Management to devote its resources to the more essential collection of regular household trash.
• Bulk items, by ordinance definition, includes “any specific municipal waste item that does not fit in a 32-gallon trash can or in a 30-gallon trash bag, which include but is not limited to furniture, mattresses, etc.” Construction debris will not be collected either.
• Waste Management has been directed by the city to place rejection notices on any bulk items placed out for collection during this time.
• Bulk items that are not removed from the curb are subject to a SWEEP violation ticket with additional costs.
Additionally, for the health and safety of the trash collection employees:
• All household trash must be in plastic bags and may not be placed loosely inside a trash can. This safety measure will contain household waste in a manner that is safer for the collection employees.
Regular trash and recycling collections continue across the city.
For questions, please call the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste at 610-437-8729 or visit www.allentownpa.gov/recycle