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.


Dual Stream Recycling Begins Monday, May 3rd on your collection day.
Paper and Cardboard will be collected the week of May 3rd through May 7th. 
Plastics, Glass, and Metal Cans will be collected the week of May 10th through May 14th.

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. 


Download the Dual Stream Reycling Guidelines in ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL.


Dual Stream RecyclingDual Stream Recycling ESP


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. 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

May 2021-January 2022 Collection Schedule
WEEKCOLLECTION TYPE & HOLIDAYS
May 3-7 Paper and Cardboard
May 10-14Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

May 17-21

Paper and Cardboard
May 24-28Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

May 31*-June 4

Paper and Cardboard
*Memorial Day on Monday, May 31st: No collections. Paper & Cardboard Recycling Collection Resumes for Downtown & South W-B 1 on Tuesday, June 1st.

June 7-11

Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

June 14*-18

Paper and Cardboard

*Flag Day on Monday, June 14th: No collections. Paper & Cardboard Recycling Collection Resumes for Downtown & South W-B 1 on Tuesday, June 15th.

June 21-25

Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

June 28-July 2

Paper and Cardboard
July 5*-9Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
*Independence Day (Observed) on Monday, July 5th: No collections. Plastic, Glass, and Can Recycling Collection Resumes for Downtown & South W-B 1 on Tuesday, July 6th.
July 12-16Paper and Cardboard

July 19-23

Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

July 26-30

Paper and Cardboard

August 2-6

Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

August 9-13

Paper and Cardboard

August 16-20

Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

August 23-27Paper and Cardboard
August 30-September 3Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
September 6*-10Paper and Cardboard
*Labor Day on Monday, September 6th: No collections. Paper & Cardboard Recycling Collection Resumes for Downtown & South W-B 1 on Tuesday, September 7th.
September 13-17Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
September 20-24Paper and Cardboard
September 27- October 1Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
October 4-8Paper and Cardboard
October 11*-15Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
*Columbus Day on Monday, October 11th: No collections. Plastic #1-7, Glass, and Can Recycling Collection Resumes for Downtown & South W-B 1 on Tuesday, October 12th.
October 18-22Paper and Cardboard
October 25-29Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
November 1-5Paper and Cardboard
November 8-12*Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
*Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11th: No collections. Plastic #1-7, Glass, and Can Recycling Collection Resumes for South W-B 2 on Friday, November 12th.
November 15-19Paper and Cardboard
November 22-26*Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
*Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 25th and the Day After Thanksgiving on Friday, November 26th: No collections. Plastic #1-7, Glass, and Can Recycling Collection Resumes for South W-B 2, East End, Parsons, and Miners Mills on Saturday, November 27th.
November 29-December 3Paper and Cardboard
December 6-10Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
December 13-17Paper and Cardboard
December 20-24*Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
*Christmas Eve/Christmas Observed on Friday, December 24th: No collections. Plastic #1-7, Glass, and Can Recycling for East End, Parsons & Miners Mills postponed to Monday, December 27th.
December 27-31*Paper and Cardboard
*New Year’s Eve/ New Year Observed on Friday, December 31st: No collections. Paper & Cardboard Recycling Collection for East End, Parsons & Miners Mills postponed to Monday, January 3rd 

January 3-7

Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans
January 10-14Paper and Cardboard
January 17-21Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

January 24-28

Paper and Cardboard
January 31-February 4Plastic, Glass Bottles, and Metal Cans

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).