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Thanksgiving Collection Changes

Trash, recycling, and yard waste collections are cancelled on Thanksgiving night - Thursday night, Nov 23.
Residents in this collection zone may place 10 bags of trash and 1 bulk item out for collection on Monday night, Nov 27.
*Thursday night recyclers: Please hold your recycling and final yard waste collection until Thursday night, Nov 30.
All other trash collection zones are not affected by the Thanksgiving holiday. 

End of Season Yard Waste Schedule

The final curbside yard waste collections will be taking place the week of Thanksgiving - Nov 19 to Nov 24 on your recycling night.
Thursday night recyclers only - because of the holiday collection change, your final yard waste collection will be Thursday, Nov 30.
Leaves will continue to be collected by the Streets Dept up through the end of the year. Visit their website for more information, or call 610-437-7638.

The Yard Waste Site's final day will be Saturday, Nov 18, 8am to 2pm.
From Dec to March, the site will only be open on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 12pm (weather permitting).



Curbside Collection

Friendly reminder about our curbside trash and recycling in Allentown:
For more in-depth information, please click here

Trash - a maximum of five (5) bags of trash (maximum 40 lb weight and 30 gallon size per bag) OR two (2) trash cans per collection night (maximum 70 lb weight and 32 gallon volume per can).
Bulk - One bulk item per week, on your SECOND collection night; Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Examples of bulk include: one piece of furniture, a mattress & boxspring set, or 40 lb maximum of construction material.
Recycling - Unlimited amount of household plastics, papers, cardboard, glass, cans and cartons. City-issued recycling containers must be used. Do NOT bag your recyclables - they are to be loose in your container. Cardboard may be flattened and placed next to your recycling bin. 
Recycling bins are available for pick up at the Recycling Office:
641 S. 10th St., Allentown PA 18103
Mon - Fri  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Yard Waste - Only collected curbside from April to November on your recycling night. Place organic yard debris in a brown paper lawn bag or a rigid container, 32-gallons or smaller, with a Yard Waste sticker on it. Stickers are availabe at the Recycling Office. City-issued recycling containers may NOT be used for yard waste. Piles of branches/brush must be bundled and wrapped with twine or rope. 

*If you ever have any questions about curbside trash and recycling collection, please do not hesitate to call our office. 

A Message About Trash Can Size Limits

Residents have the ability to use both regular trash cans and wheeled trash carts, as long as they fall within the 32-gallon size limit and do not weigh over 70 lbs (each) when filled with trash.
Unsure if your can or cart meets the size requirement?
A 32-gallon wheeled cart, generally, should not be any taller than your hip.
A 32-gallon trash can holds approximately 2-3 tall kitchen trash bags.

Can Size Infographic




City Map


Click on the city map above and enter your address to look up your next collection of trash and recycling.

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 on Saturday.
  • Misses reported after 10:00am on Saturday will be collected by 10:00am Monday morning according to the City’s contract.

641 S. 10th Street
Allentown, PA 18103

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
*Payments accepted until 4:00pm.

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Documents & Information
Trash and Recycling Haulers
2022 Recycling Brochure
2022 Recycling Brochure (Español)
Single Stream FAQ
Trash Rules & Regulations
Trash Rules & Regulations (Español)
Auto Waste Drop-Off Sites
Collection Zone Map

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