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Trash, recycling & city upkeep

Find a trash or recycling center

If you live in Philadelphia, you can drop off oversized trash, yard waste, recycling, and other items at six sanitation convenience centers around the city.

Where and when

You can find sanitation convenience centers using the recycling and donations finder.

Sanitation convenience centers are open Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitors must wear a protective mask to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Requirements

Residents can drop off regular household items once a day and oversized items once a week. You need to present proof that you live in Philadelphia in order to use the centers.

Residents can use personal or commercial vehicles, but they must have a total vehicle weight of less than 6,000 pounds.

Construction debris is not accepted at the sanitation convenience centers. You can take construction materials to a private facility for a fee.

Commercial contractors and vehicles carrying commercial loads cannot use the facilities.

Accepted materials

You can bring the following types of materials to sanitation convenience centers:

  • Automotive tires (limited to four per day)
  • Bulk items, large metal household items or appliances, or items containing refrigerants (limited to two a day)
  • Christmas trees
  • Trash (up to six receptacles or 12 bags)
  • Electronic waste, including computers, monitors, and televisions
  • Latex or water-based paint cans
    • Must be solidified by adding an absorbent material such as kitty litter or newspaper
  • Mattresses and box springs, unwrapped
  • Recyclable materials
  • Yard waste (must be free of contamination and contained in paper bags only)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs, and lithium, rechargeable, and lead-acid batteries.

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