Streets Department Announces Changes to its Services During COVID-19 Recycling Collections Reduced to Every Other Week Pickup

PHILADELPHIA – As the City continues to address the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the Streets Department has been challenged with maintaining trash and recycling collection on a consistent schedule. Effective Monday, April 6th, the Philadelphia Department of Streets introduces additional changes to its operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Recycling materials will be collected on an every other week schedule. Residents should hold their recycling materials for the week of Monday, April 6th through Saturday, April 11th. Recycling collections will resume on Monday, April 13th with every other week collections through May 15th or further. 

Regular trash collections will continue on or as close to its normal schedule as possible.  Residents should expect some delays as the health crisis continues to have an impact on employee attendance. There will be no trash collections on Friday, April 10th in honor of the Good Friday holiday.

Residents should set recycling out on their scheduled day, but only on the weeks listed on the modified collection schedule. Recycling will be collected at the regular pick up site. Residents are urged to use lids for recycling bins to prevent debris from blowing away. Lids for City-issued recycling bins can be picked up from the Sanitation Convenience Centers. Sanitation Convenience Centers will remain open on the following modified schedule for residents to dispose of items from Tuesday through Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Residents should continue to set trash out on their normal collection day at the regular pick up site. Residents are urged to use lids for trash cans and bags should be tied tightly to prevent debris from blowing away.

The schedule below reflects the new changes in recycling operations:

Week ofCollection Type
April 6th – April 11thTrash Collections only
Friday, April 10thNo collections – Good Friday Holiday
April 13th – April 17thTrash & Recycling Collections
April 20th – April 24thTrash Collections only
April 27th – May 1stTrash & Recycling Collections
May 4th – May 8thTrash Collections Only
May 11th – May 15thTrash & Recycling Collections

While delivering on-time collection services remains an essential core service, residents are asked for their patience and cooperation while we work to deliver service. The Streets Department thanks its employees for their dedication and commitment during these unprecedented times.

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