COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is available to everyone 12 and older! Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.

Recycling program

How to recycle

The more you know about how to recycle, the easier it is to do your part to keep our city and our environment clean.

Separate trash from recyclables

It’s easiest to have a container or two set up where separation happens. You might keep a bin in the kitchen for bottles and cans you’ve washed out, a bin in the bathroom for toilet paper rolls and rinsed and dried shampoo bottles, and another in the office for used paper and mail.

Since we use single-stream recycling in Philadelphia, you can also put all your recyclables in the same bin.

Learn more about what you can recycle.


Keep your recyclables clean and dry

  • Keep food and liquid out of your recycling.
  • Rinse bottles, cans, and plastic. Let them dry before you put them in the bin.
  • Get a lid for your City-issued recycling bin. Or, you can use a cover of your choosing to help keep your recycling dry.

When in doubt,
keep it out

It’s better to not place an item in the bin than to contaminate the bin. If you’re not sure, throw it away instead.

Learn more about what to keep out of the bin.


Use the right
container

You can get a recycling bin from the City or one of our partners. You can also use any household container that:

  • Is no larger than 32 gallons.
  • Is no more than 40 pounds.

You can set out unlimited recycling, as long as it is packaged and bundled correctly. Don’t put recyclables in plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Plastic bags can damage equipment, and if it rains, cardboard boxes may split and make a mess on your sidewalk.


Recycle every week

Put your recycling bin out every week on the same day as trash day.

If the date is … You should set out your trash and recycling …
April 1 to September 30 Between 7 p.m. the night before collection day and 7 a.m. on collection day
October 1 to March 31 Between 5 p.m. the night before collection day and 7 a.m. on collection day

If you live in Center City (Vine St. to Bainbridge St., from Schuylkill River to Delaware River), refer to this table.

If the date is … You should set out your trash and recycling …
April 1 to September 30 Between 8 p.m. the night before collection day and 6 a.m. on collection day
October 1 to March 31 Between 6 p.m. the night before collection day and 6 a.m. on collection day

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