Residential Recycling


The City of Wilkes-Barre operates a curbside recycling program for residents within the City limits. 

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

The City of Wilkes-Barre and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) require the following 4 items to be recycled in order to comply with DEP’s Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 (ACT 101):

Items Required to Be Recycled:




Steel & Bimetallic Cans



Leaf Waste


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 and visible to DPW crews. 
  • Do not overload recycling bins.
  • Recyclables will be collected from:
    • City-Issued Recycling Bins (There are currently no additional bins available at this time)
    • Recycling Bins Purchased by Residents
    • Open paper bags with newspapers inside will be accepted.
    • Oversize cardboard boxes with compacted cardboard inside will be accepted.
  • Compact cardboard and dispose of cardboard and paper in the recycling bins as best as possible, especially when there is rain or snow.

Recycle Plastic Bags

Single Stream Recycling

The City also encourages residents to recycle the Single Stream Recycling items listed below:Single Stream Recycling Guideline

For more information on Single Stream Recycling, please visit Northeast Recycling Solutions.

Single Stream Recycling Collection Schedule

All recycling is to be placed at the curb at 7:00 AM on your scheduled day.

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

If you are unsure of your collection day, please use the collection schedule map to determine it.

Holiday Collection Info

City observed holidays will modify the collection schedule. Please refer to the city calendar for holiday pickup information.

Yard Waste

Yard Waste is collected curbside at no additional cost to residents. Each year, yard waste collection begins in late April and ends in late November/early December.

Please visit the Yard Waste recycling collection page for a list of accepted items.

Did You Know?
Recycling leaves and yard waste takes these materials out of the waste stream, and recycles them into beneficial products such as compost or mulch that can return nutrients to the soil or be used in residential landscaping projects.

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