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Recycle Reporting Guidelines

PA State Act 101, and the City's Codified Ordinances, as amended, mandates all residents and businesses (institutions, non-profit organizations, churches, daycares, licensed food establishments, etc.) to provide a yearly recycling report to the City of Allentown Recycling Coordinator.

Reports are sent to the mailing address associated with the business license at the end of every year. The deadline for reports is January 31 of the following year; the report must include all recycling data from the previous year.

Business Recycling Reports and Apartment Recycling Reports may be submitted:

  • MAIL: Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste
               641 South 10th Street
               Allentown, PA 18103
  • FAX: 610.437.8732
  • EMAIL:

Please note, if a private hauler is contracted, the hauler may report the tonnage to the City of Allentown on behalf of their customers. If a hauler does not report to the City of Allentown, it is the responsibility of the property business owner to report the tonnage and obtain weight slips and/or other forms of documentation as evidence.

Frequently Asked Questions: Annual Recycling Report

Q: Why does the City need this information?

A: The City is required by law to file an annual report that documents the amount of tonnage by material recycled in the City for the prior year, with the Dept. of Environmental Protection.  To file this report, we need information from the businesses, organizations, and residences in the municipality.  This information also verifies that all businesses, organizations, establishments and residences are recycling and maintaining records of their recycling efforts, as per the City ordinance.


Q: I am the owner of a business that leases/rents space, does the property owner or landlord, complete the annual Business Recycling Report?

A: It is the responsibility of the businesses owner to secure trash and recycling service, not the property owner.  If this service is included in your lease, the property owner or landlord may complete the Business Recycling report.  If this service is not included in your lease, it is the business owner’s responsibility to enroll into City collection, if eligible, or contract privately for trash and recycling collection and annually submit the Business Recycling report.


Q: The hauler I pay to remove trash and recycling materials files a report on my behalf.  Do you still need a Business Recycling report from me?

A: Yes, as a form of checks and balances a completed Business Recycling Report will ensure that the hauler you are paying to remove your recycling material has provided documentation that you are a customer and your business is in compliance of City Ordinance and State law.  If your contracted hauler does not report to the City on your behalf, it is the business owner’s responsibility to obtain and submit the proper documentation for the previous year’s recycled material. 


Q: I run a small business and bring my recycling to the City of Allentown Drop-Off Center, do I still need to file a report?

A: Yes, please let us know which items are recycled at your business location.

Contact Information
Recycling & Solid Waste
641 South 10th Street
Allentown, PA 18103

Ann Saurman

Reporting Resources

EPA Volume-to-Weight Conversion Factors