The trash and recycling collection schedule is changing for center city and the east and south sides of Allentown.
Beginning August 10, 2014, the current trash collection zones in the city on a Sunday/Wednesday schedule will be switched to a Tuesday/Friday schedule. In turn, those currently on a Tuesday/Friday trash schedule will be switched to a Sunday/Wednesday schedule.
The change only involves pick-up nights. Service measures such as twice a week trash collection, one bulk item a week, once a week recycling collection and street cleaning will not change.
The change eliminates trash and bulk items on sidewalks on Friday nights in key downtown areas. Trash related problems in the downtown area currently cannot be addressed until Mondays. The change will allow the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste to investigate problems in a timely manner. Also, the current street sweeping schedule will now coordinate with the new center city collection nights, resulting in a cleaner city.
Current Schedule New Collection Nights
Green Trash Tues & Fri Sun & Wed
Zone Recycling Tues Sun
Bulk Fri Wed
Yellow Trash Sun & Wed Tues & Fri
Zone Recycling Sun Tues
Bulk Wed Fri
Blue Trash Sun & Wed Tues & Fri
Zone Recycling Wed Fri
Bulk Wed Fri
Residents who have the following:
CURRENT: Tuesday and Friday trash and Tuesday recycling
NEW: Will now have Sunday and Wednesday trash and Sunday recycling
CURRENT: Sunday and Wednesday trash and Sunday recycling
NEW: Will now have Tuesday and Friday trash and Tuesday recycling
CURRENT: Sunday and Wednesday trash and Wednesday recycling
NEW: Will now have Tuesday and Friday trash and Friday recycling
Waste Management is notifying affected property owners, tenants and businesses by direct mail. The Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste will be sending a second smaller post card reminder during the first week of August. Robo-calling will also be used to notify residents of their new collection nights. Information will also be available on the city’s website and the bureau’s website. The bureau is also planning to distribute flyers to local stores.
For the first month, SWEEP Officers will only issue warnings for customers who put out their trash and recycling on the wrong night.
A color-coded map is attached.
Please call the Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste at 610-437-8729 with any questions or go to www.allentownrecycles.org.