Refuse & Recycling

Christopher Smith – Refuse Supervisor
Refuse and Recycling Office
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Phone: 570.348.4180 ext. 15

Please refer to attached PDF regarding the pick-up schedule for each neighborhood: Click Here!

Recycling Bins:

Recycling bins are available at 101 West Poplar Street, Scranton, PA 18509

Red Recycling Binnewspaper, magazines, catalogs & phonebooks

Blue Recycling Bin -(comingled) glass, cans & plastic

Cardboard can also be broken down and placed in the Red bin during the cardboard collection week or neatly stacked on the curb.

Recycling 101:

To pay or obtain refuse information click here.

The following cannot be recycled:

Food wrappers, paper or foam dishes/cups, take-out items, snack bags, straws, utensils, wraps, and film. The Recycling Center does not currently have a program for recycling electronics. (i.e. televisions, radios, etc.)

How to prepare recyclables:

  1. Remove food and drink waste from containers by a quick rinse.
  2. Discard liners/foam insulation from boxes.
  3. Flattening plastic bottles will make more room.
  4. Please do not place broken glass in the recycling bin.
  5. Break down boxes
  6. Take smaller broken-down boxes and add them in a larger box


  • Bottles & Jars only!
  • The tops should be thrown away.
  • NO windows, mugs or glasses, etc.
  • NO broken glass


  • Aluminum & Steel (Tin)
  • Beverage & Food containers


  • Bottles, jars & milk, soda, water, soaps. Please throw away the lids (unless attached)
    NO cups, toys, plant pots, etc.

Please don’t recycle these items curbside: 

  • Plastic Bags & Plastic Film (air pillows from package deliveries, plastic wrap, shrink wrap)
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Electronics
  • Clothing & Textiles (rugs, towels, curtains)
  • Hoses & Cables
  • Pots/ Pans/ Scrap Metal
  • Paper Takeout Containers, Paper Towels, Napkins, and Paper Plates

Recycling Locations:

The attachment below lists some locations to take your unwanted, broken, and old electronics.

Electronic Recycling Locations

Attached is a link to a list of items and locations to recycle unwanted products: Hard-To-Recycle

Commercial Recycling Requirements:

According to City of Scranton Ordinance #45 of 2016 and the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 (Act 101), it is required by law that all businesses, institutions, and commercial establishments must recycle at a minimum the following items and report weights to their municipality each year:


Please report these items and any other materials you recycle on the attached form. The form must be signed by your hauler so that your totals are valid.

Commercial Institutional Recycling Report

Please check with the DPW for information on recycling leaves, grass, brush, and also the collection of bulk amounts of boxes and office paper. We appreciate your interest in recycling. The city provides recycling cans; if you purchase your own, they are to be no bigger than a 32-gallon can. If you need additional cans, please pick them up on-site at DPW.


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