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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

OPTION 1: CITY CURBSIDE COLLECTION

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.

Single Stream Recycling. Easier than ever, just mix it together! You can still use the old blue and green bins.

How to place cardboard out for City Collection: Flattened and tied with twine, or flattened and secured in a cardboard box.










OPTION 2: PRIVATE COLLECTION

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

 The Bureau of Recycling is offering Shredding Services to City of Allentown businesses. Services are by appointment, please call 610-437-8729. Staples are okay. No paper clips, plastic folders, binder clips, 3 ring binders, etc.Allentown Recycling Drop-Off Center. 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Open 24/7. Corrugated cardboard, paperboard boxes, glass bottles and jars, beverage cartons and drink boxes, mixed color paper and magazines, books and phone books, cans, aluminum foil and pie plates, newspapers, plastic bottles and containers, metal items, clothing, shoes, hats, and drapes. No trash, debris, wood, styrofoam or construction materials.

Contact Information
Ann Saurman
Manager
610-437-8729
Ann.Saurman@AllentownPA.gov

Allentown Partners

Click here to go to the PROP Recycles website.

Click here to go to the Solid Waste Management page of the Lehigh County website.

Turn Recycling into increased foot traffic. Have you heard about the City of Allentown's partnership with Recyclebank? This innovative program rewards residents for recycling and learning online, and it also supports local economic development by promoting small business. Becoming a Recyclebank rewards partner will help your small business make a positive impact in the community, and it will also earn you increased promotional opportunities and foot traffic. To find out more, please email rewardpartner@recyclebank.com and an account manager will get back to you to discuss the program in greater detail.