Pilot Program to Assist Sanitation Vehicles in Avoiding Operating During Congested Travel Times

In an effort to improve mobility and traffic congestion, the City will be conducting a six-month pilot beginning Monday, September 26, 2022 to expand residential trash and recycling collection hours within the boundaries of Vine  to Bainbridge Streets, from the Delaware to Schuylkill Rivers,  to limit the operation of municipal sanitation trucks during the more congested times of the travel.

  • Residents that live within this boundary and receive City trash and recycling collection services must set out their materials for pickup at their regularly scheduled collection site no earlier than 7pm the night before collection day and no later than 6am the day of collection (beginning October 1 set out between 6 p.m. the night before collection day and 6am on collection day)
  • Trash and recycling collections will remain collected on the same day.

Expanding sanitation pick up hours aims to:

  • Reduce the number of vehicles on city streets during the hours of highest pedestrian, cyclist, transit, and automobile volumes
  • Improve congestion
  • Bring corresponding benefits to safety, air quality, and government efficiency

Existing Conditions

Sanitation and delivery trucks provide vital services, but their presence on city streets during congested times can bring many challenges. Current set out times for residential collection hours are from 7 am to 7 pm daily. Because collection does not begin until 7am sanitation vehicles sanitation vehicles can contribute to, or get stuck in, morning congestion on city streets. Similar effects can occur during the afternoon commuting period. This can result in:

  • Increased congestion on city streets
  • Reduced safety given the increased presence of heavy vehicles during the busiest pedestrian and bicyclist portions of the day
  • Lowered air quality due to increased idling
  • Less efficient delivery of sanitation services due to vehicles being stuck in traffic
  • Greater exposure of workers to traffic hazards and heat impacts during warm weather

Measuring Success

The results of the pilot program will be announced in April. Measured success of the pilot will be determined by:

  • Improved collection route times
  • Improved vehicle travel times during morning and afternoon travel periods
  • Minimal increase in related noise complaints

Residents can email otis@phila.gov for additional information and questions. Contact 311 for all city services.

This effort supports CONNECT, the City of Philadelphia’s Strategic Transportation Plan commits to the goal of improving mobility by providing a reliable and efficient transportation system.
This pilot is being conducted in conjunction with the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) which drives change through Philadelphia’s transportation and infrastructure systems.
Leadership at OTIS and the Streets Department present the details of the Expanded Hours Sanitation Collection Pilot Program.