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Department of Streets

Trash & recycling Trash and recycling collections are delayed in some areas. Set materials out on scheduled day.

What we do

The Department of Streets designs, builds, and repairs the City’s streets and roadways. In addition to picking up trash and recycling, we maintain and operate street lights and traffic control devices.

To help keep the City of Philadelphia clean, safe, and moving, we:

  • Construct and maintain 320 bridges and 2,525 miles of streets and highways.
  • Gather data on traffic and evaluate causes of crashes.
  • Manage programs like the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee and SWEEP.
  • Provide all surveying functions for the City of Philadelphia.
  • Plan the location, time, and methods for street reconstruction.


1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1676
Phone: 311


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Get up-to-date information on trash and recycling pickup, street and sidewalk closure permits, and paving operations.

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2022 Fall Leaf Recycling Program Update

Mechanical Leaf Collection:

Due to the high volume of fallen leaves, areas designated for mechanical leaf collection may experience service delays as crews work to capture all the leaves on the routes. Currently, operations are one week behind schedule.  Additional crews and equipment will be assigned to help expedite service and return the program to its regular schedule.
During the week of November 28, crews are working in the Northeast section of the city that was scheduled for week 3 of the program. If your block was designated for weeks 1 and 2 and has not been serviced, please report the block to 311. After the six-week schedule is complete, crews will return to address blocks that have been reported for missed collection. To see if your block is part of the mechanical leaf service, visit Residents can also participate in the program by dropping off their bagged leaves at one of our six Sanitation Convenience Centers or 13 Saturday locations.
All designated mechanical leaf areas will be serviced. We thank residents for their patience and cooperation.


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