Dual Stream Recycling

City of Wilkes-Barre Recycling

As a "mandated municipality" the City of Wilkes-Barre is mandated to recycle, according to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulation, the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste, Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 (ACT 101). Under the Act, items required to be recycled include: Aluminum, Steel & Bimetallic Cans, Newsprint, and Leaf Waste

Recycling various items reduces the amount of waste going into landfills, decreases disposal costs, saves natural resources, and lessens pollution risks.


On May 3, 2021, the City of Wilkes-Barre will begin Dual Stream Recycling. Dual Stream Recycling keeps paper and cardboard products separate from glass and plastic containers and metal cans. Some of the benefits of Dual Stream Recycling are less contamination, higher quality and more valuable recovered material, and lower costs to process the collected recyclables.

Paper and cardboard collection and plastic, bottles, and metal can collection will alternate each week. The dual stream collection program will start with  paper and cardboard collection the week of May 3rd, on your neighborhood’s collection day. Visit the City Calendar for the type of collection each week, or view the recycling schedule below. 

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Recycling Schedule

All recycling is to be placed at the curb on your scheduled day by 7:00 AM (Labor Day through Memorial Day) and by 6:00 AM (Memorial Day through Labor Day). The recycling schedule can also be downloaded here, (espanol). If you are unsure of your collection day, please use the collection schedule map or call 570.821.1111, Option 1 to determine it.

DayNeighborhood
MondayDowntown, South Wilkes-Barre 1
TuesdayNorth End, Heights, Brookside
WednesdayMayflower, Rolling Mill Hill, Iron Triangle, Goose Island
ThursdaySouth Wilkes-Barre 2
FridayEast End, Parsons, Miners Mills

2022 Recycling Collection Schedule

January 31-February 4

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

August 1-5

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

February 7-11

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

August 8-12

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

February 14-18

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

August 15-19

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

February 22-25 (Holiday Feb 21st)

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

August 22-26

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

February 28-March 4

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

August 29-September 2

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

March 7-11

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

September 6-9 (Holiday September 5th)

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

March 14-18

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

September 12-16

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

March 21-25

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

September 19-23

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

March 28-April 1

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

September 26-30

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

April 4-8

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

October 3-7

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

April 11-14 (Holiday Apr 15th)

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

October 11-14 (Holiday October 10th)

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

April 18-22

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

October 17-21

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

April 25-29

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

October 24-28

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

May 2-6

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

October 31-November 4

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

May 9-13

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

November 7-10 (Holiday Nov 11th)

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

May 16-20

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

November 14-18

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

May 23-27

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

November 21-25 (Holidays Nov 24th & 25th)

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

May 31-June 3 (Holiday May 30th)

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

November 28-December 2

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

June 6-10

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

December 5-9

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

June 13-17 (Holiday June 14th)

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

December 12-16

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

June 20-24

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

December 19-23

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

June 27-July 1

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

December 27-30 (Holiday Dec 26th)

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

July 5-8 (Holiday July 4th)

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

January  3-6 (Holiday Jan 2nd)

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

July 11-15

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

January 9-13

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

July 18-22

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

January 16-20

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling

July 25-29

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

January 23-27

Paper & Cardboard Recycling

 

 

January 30-February 3

Cans/Bottles/Plastic Recycling


Recycling Rules

Please follow the rules below to help eliminate garbage going into the recycling stream:

  • Recycling will not be collected if it is in plastic bags.
  • Recyclables must be clean of food and beverage debris and visible to DPW crews. 
  • Compact cardboard and dispose of cardboard and paper in the recycling bins as best as possible, especially when there is rain or snow.
  • Do not overload recycling bins.

Recyclables will be collected from:

  • City-Issued Recycling Bins (There are currently no additional bins available at this time)
  • Similiarly Sized Recycling Bins Purchased by Residents (available at home improvement stores)

Recycling Drop Off Site 

In an effort to increase and promote more recycling in the City of Wilkes-Barre, recycling drop off dumpsters are located at:

Department of Public Works Garage
3 Conyngham Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. 
The drop off hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Labor Day through Memorial Day) and 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Memorial Day through Labor Day).