On February 3, 2020 Mayor Brown Announced Temporary Change to Blue Bag Program

The City of Wilkes-Barre “blue” garbage bag system has been impacted by increasing production shortages and distribution issues. Currently, the City has a sufficient supply of small blue garbage bags, however the supply of large blue garbage bags is dwindling. To alleviate this issue, the City will begin selling garbage stickers, in place of the large bags, on a temporary basis. The sale of the garbage stickers will begin on Monday, February 7, 2022 and will be available at the same locations that sell blue bags.

Residents can still use large blue or green garbage bags which they have previously purchased, as DPW will continue to pick up these bags.

The stickers will remain the same price as the large blue bags, $2 each, as the large blue bags have been sold in a 5-pack for the price of $10 total or $2 per bag. Small blue garbage bags remain in stock and at their normal price of $6.25 for a 5-pack. Residents can buy large garbage stickers individually, or as many as needed.

Stickers should be affixed to residents’ garbage bags, which should not exceed 30 pounds in weight. Stickers should be visible to DPW crews, therefore they should face the street. Residents can call the Mayor’s Office at 570.208.4158 with any questions about the temporary program.

The following items will NOT be collected:
Construction MaterialsAppliancesFurniture

Garbage Collection Schedule

All garbage 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). If you do not know which neighborhood you live in, please use the collection schedule map to determine your pickup day.
Please view the City Calendar for Holiday Collection Schedules.

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


City of Wilkes-Barre Blue Garbage Bags

Bag SizeWeight LimitPrice per 5-Pack of Bags/Stickers (as of 2/3/2022) 
Small15 pounds$6.25 ($1.25/bag)bag
Large30 pounds$2.00/sticker
City of Wilkes-Barre blue garbage bags and/or stickers can be purchased at the following locations:
4K Beer & Deli754 South Main Street
Alan Grocery & Deli245 Coal Street
Anthracite Newstand1 East Market Street
Bedwick Pharmacy452 Hazle Street
C&A Mini Market362 Scott Street
CHY Express144 Academy Street
CITGO Gas Station94 South Pennsylvania Avenue
Convenience Corner395 South Main Street
CVS351 South Main Street
Franks News-Amber Lane145 Amber Lane
Franks News-Public Square37 Public Square
Gerrity's Supermarket2280 Sans Souci Highway, Hanover Twp.
Harry's Market 645 Hazle Street
Hazle Mart532 Hazle Street
Jassany Deli811 Scott Street
Leonard's Kielbasi94 Kado Street
Medicine Shoppe100 Hazle Street
Memorial Food Mart400 Market Street, Kingston
Pantry Quik-Carey Ave161 Carey Avenue
Pantry Quik-Lee Park2 Lee Park Avenue
Paris Mart465 Hazle Street
Peters Deli198 North Main Street
Price Chopper245 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township
Price Chopper180 Narrows Shopping Center, Edwardsville
Quick Foodmart544 North Main Street
Quick Stop9 Spring Street
Rite Aid-E.Northampton155 East Northampton Street
Schiels Family Market-George Ave.7 George Avenue
Schiels Family Market-Hanover St.30 Hanover Street
Turkey HillAll Wilkes-Barre Locations
United Mart One322 Carey Avenue
Wal-Mart2150 Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, Wilkes-Barre Township
Wegmans220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township
Wilkes-Barre Poultry466 North Main Street
Store list current as of 2/14/19