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Pay your Commercial Trash Fee (Refuse Collection Fee)

Before you begin

To pay your fee, you’ll need:

  • Your Notice Number.
  • Your OPA Number (also found on your notice).

Service overview

IMPORTANT UPDATE: From now on, please complete online payments for this fee at the Philadelphia Tax Center. You do not need a username and password to pay this fee at the Tax Center.

Some small commercial establishments and multi-unit properties can choose to have the City collect their trash and recycling for a fee. If they prefer, the owners can hire private haulers instead.

Who

Multi-unit properties with six or fewer units are eligible. Private premises eligible under Section 1.6 of the Department of Streets regulations can also get commercial collection.

Requirements

The premises cannot exceed the following set-out limits:

  • For non-recyclable trash, no more than six 32-gallon receptacles or twelve plastic bags, or an equivalent combination of the two.
  • There is no limit on recyclables.

Some locations may be exempt from paying the fee. For a list of exemptions and the required form, see the Commercial Trash Fee Exemption forms (also known as Refuse Exemption forms).

Cost

Fee cost
$500

per year

How

Online

You can pay your fee online at the Philadelphia Tax Center. You don’t need to create a username and password to pay this fee online.

By mail

You can submit a payment for a bill you’ve already received by mail. We accept mail-in payment by:

  • Cashier’s check.
  • Money order.
  • Personal check.
  • Business check.

You can mail your form and payment to:

Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 966
Philadelphia, PA 19105-0966

In person

You can also pay your refuse collection fees in person. We accept in-person payment by:

  • Cash.
  • Cashier’s check.
  • Money order.
  • Personal check.
  • Business check.

To learn more about in-person payments, including hours and availability, visit the Department of Revenue’s contact page.


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