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Christmas trees and other yard waste will be collected in the city of Allentown during the weeks of Sunday, January 10 and Sunday, January 17.

Residents should place their tree and other yard waste out on their recycling night:

  • Please do not place the tree in a plastic bag.
  • Make sure all the decorations and the stand are removed
  • Other yard waste must be in properly labeled Yard Waste container, paper lawn bags, or bundled. No plastic bags.
  • No artificial trees will be accepted
  • The collection is weather dependent
  • If you have a real Christmas tree that has fake snow sprayed onto it (flocked), please call the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste at 610-437-8729 for disposal options.

The Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste recycles the trees by grinding them into mulch which is then available to Allentown residents.

Winter hours for the Yard Waste site at 1401 Oxford Drive will be on Saturdays, January 9, February 6, and March 6 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.



Reporting a missed trash or recycling collection? Here are a few things to remember:

  • Trash and recycling must be placed at the curb between 5:00pm and 10:00pm.
  • The hauler has until 12:00 noon the following day to finish collections.
  • Prior to reporting a miss, check to see if your neighbor’s trash and/or recycling has been collected. It’s possible they haven’t been to your area yet.
  • Any item rejected at the curb must be removed within 12 hours.
  • For collections in the Friday night collection zone, please call the office by 10:00am Saturday and leave a detailed message on the answering machine to ensure your missed items will be collected by 1:00pm.
  • Misses reported after 10:00am on Saturday will be collected by 10:00am Monday morning according to the City’s contract.

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Allentown, PA 18103

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The Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste, along with all other City Offices, will be closed on Monday, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.