Refuse & Recycling

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

For recycling questions please call:

Phone: (570) 348-4180 Extension 15

Attached below is a pick-up schedule for each neighborhood

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

Red Recycling Bin – newspaper, 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

Bring all unwanted electronics to the Electronic Recycling Event in April!! Please see flyer for more details:

How to prepare recyclables:

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

Comingled Containers  (cans, bottles, jars)


  • 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.

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 doesn’t currently have a program for recycling electronics. (i.e. televisions, radios, etc.)

            The Lackawanna Recycling Center will be accepting real Christmas Trees from municipalities in a marked municipal truck free of charge from January 3rd to January 27th. Please make sure they are not bagged and/or have any decorations on them.

Residents can bring their Christmas Trees to the recycling center by themselves but will be charged a fee ($5-$10) depending on the size.

The attachment below has a list of some locations to take your unwanted, broken and old electronics

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.

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. Recycling cans are provided by the city 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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