Do you own a commercial, multi-unit, or mixed-use property in Philadelphia? You may have recently received a City Refuse Collection Fee bill in the mail.

If you got a bill, make sure to either:

  • Pay the $300 bill in full by December 31, 2019; or
  • Complete an exemption form if you qualify for a reduced or waived fee.

Visit phila.gov/pay to pay this fee. If necessary, you can pay in two, $150 installments. The first by December 31, 2019; the second by June 30, 2020.

A break for small businesses

The City requires most large commercial, multi-unit residential, or mixed-use properties, to purchase private trash service. But some properties get a break.

Eligible commercial, multi-unit or mixed-use properties can use City trash and recycling service for a $300 annual Refuse Collection Fee.

Reduced and waived fees

Some properties are also entitled to City trash and recycling service at a reduced or waived fee. If you fall into one of the categories below, fill out and return a Refuse Collection Fee exemption form.

  • Owner-occupied property – The property must be 100% occupied by the owner with no tenants (100% discount, $0 due).
  • House of worship – The property must be used for religious purposes only (100% discount, $0 due).
  • Vacant property – The property must be vacant, and the owner must provide a current Vacant Property license from the Department of Licenses & Inspections (100% discount, $0 due).
  • Owner-occupied duplex – The owner must live in one unit and have one other rental unit only. The owner must provide a current rental license from the Department of Licenses & Inspection (50% discount, $150 due).

If you have any questions about the City Refuse Collection Fee, please email solidresources@phila.gov or call (215) 686-5090.