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Recycling Program

Reducing litter, saving resources, and helping to keep Philadelphia clean.


The City’s recycling program operates on an enormous scale. It’s important that we each do our part to ensure we’re recycling the right things—the right way.

Recycling right saves resources. It’s good for the environment, reduces litter and pollution, and keeps our communities clean and healthy. Improper recycling is putting trash in your recycling, where it ruins good materials, damages equipment, and endangers workers. It only takes one bad bin to ruin a truckload of good recycling.

Learn how to recycle and what belongs in the bin.

Recycling is the law in Philadelphia. If you don't recycle and/or recycle properly, you may be issued a fine by SWEEP. Read a summary of residential trash and recycling rules.


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Philadelphia, PA 19102