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Trash and Recycling Collections Update for the Week of August 17th

Trash and Recycling Collections Should Be Set Out on Regular Day for the Week of August 17th; Residents Should Expect Delays

PHILADELPHIA - The Streets Department provides weekly updates to residents regarding the status of trash and recycling collection delays during the COVID19 pandemic.   

For the week of August 17th, residents should set their materials out on their regular day but expect collection delays throughout the week. The Streets Department anticipates trash will be slightly delayed and recycling will be significantly behind as crews continue to prioritize trash collections to mitigate the threat to health and safety. Collections continue to be impacted by severe weather, increased tonnage and attendance. 

The Streets Department anticipated being caught up on trash and recycling by the end of this week, but collections were significantly delayed by the severe rainstorms.  While crews were able to catch up on the majority of recycling that sat prolonged at the curb from previous weeks on Monday, August 10th , collecting materials during the harsh rain presented additional challenges by the end of the week. 

Crews are continuously working throughout the weekend to collect materials that remain on the ground. Residents should anticipate the possibility of additional delays as the Department continues to balance increased tonnage and staff shortages. These factors have made on-time collections for both commodities a major challenge.   

To avoid collection delays, residents are strongly encouraged to use  Sanitation Convenience Centers that will remain open seven days a week, from Monday through Sunday between the hours of 6AM to 8PM. Residents can utilize the six Centers located around the City to drop off trash and recycling at any time throughout the week.  Please remember to show proof of Philadelphia residency to access the Convenience Centers. Go to for a list of Sanitation Convenience Centers.

The Streets Department also launched a new initiative entitled: "Curb Your Waste" that offers tips for residents to manage their waste that will help reduce trash and litter, decrease delays and protect sanitation workers. To learn more about the status of trash and recycling collections status and tips to reduce waste log onto  

The Streets Department understands the residents’ concerns with collection delays throughout the pandemic and thank them for their understanding, cooperation and support during this unprecedented crisis.