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Business Recycling

PA State Act 101, and Allentown Ordinance No. 12993, as amended, mandates recycling for all residents, apartment complexes, businesses, non-profit organizations, daycares, churches, group homes, schools, hospitals, and other institutions. Businesses are asked to place recycling receptacles throughout the workplace and post signs at collection areas that identify recyclable materials.

Collection Options


Businesses that generate small quantities of trash and recyclables that are along a residential route are eligible and may apply for City Curbside Collection. City Curbside Collection includes twice a week curbside trash collection (5 bag limit per collection night) and once a week curbside recycling collection (unlimited). The 2019 annual collection service fee is $375. Commercial property owners interested in contracting for City Collection on behalf of their tenants must contact Stevie Wolst to obtain the supplemental application.


Businesses not eligible for City Curbside Collection must contract with a private licensed hauler for both trash and recycling and comply with the City’s mandatory recycling requirements.

Businesses may also bring their recyclables to the Allentown Drop-Off Center or a licensed processing facility. Businesses must submit weight slips or receipts with their Annual Recycling Report to show materials recycled and tonnage.

Tickets and citations are issued for trash, litter and recycling violations. Using the City trash or recycling collection program without paying for it, not recycling the required materials, littered properties and poor trash handling procedures are violations and subject to fines.

Additional Services


Contact Information
Ann Saurman

Allentown Partners