Refuse & Recycling

Christopher Smith – Refuse Supervisor

Cecelia Monroe – Recycling Supervisor

Refuse and Recycling Office
Hours: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 570-348-4180 ext. 15

The City of Scranton Recycles

For more information or to pay/obtain refuse information please click this link:

Recycling Schedule

Attached below is a pick-up schedule for each neighborhood

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.

Fall Recycling

  • Please place leaves curbside in brown biodegradable bags.
  • No plastic bags or garbage mixed in with the leaves.
  • Place leaves separate from household garbage.
  • Try not to put leaves out on a wet day.

See the recycling schedule for dates on the calendar.

Sorry We Are Currently Out of Leaf Bags For This Season

Recycling 101

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

Below is a list of items and locations to recycle unwanted products

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.

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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