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Trash and Recycling Collections Week of September 14: Set Out on Regular Day

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


“The Streets Department is pleased to announce that trash and recycling will start on a regular collection schedule,” said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. For the week of September 14, residents should set their materials out on their regular day. The Streets Department advises residents to continue to follow established setout limits and regulations, and caution that collection schedules have the possibility of being impacted by several factors including increased tonnage, staff attendance and severe weather. 


Streets Department crews have been continuously working hard throughout the pandemic to return trash and recycling to a normal collection schedule. “I would like to thank all of our dedicated employees in the Department for helping us get through this crisis,” said Williams.


The Streets Department anticipates collections on Monday to begin on time and will provide additional updates throughout the week if scheduled collections become significantly delayed.  Crews will continue to prioritize trash collections to mitigate the threat to health and safety where necessary. 


To avoid collection delays for the week of September 14, 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 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. 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.