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Borough Hall
100 E. High St.
Pottstown, PA 19464
Ph: 610-970-6500
Trash & Recycling
Trash Collection Schedule
The trash collection schedule applies to the two divisions in the Borough: north / west and south / east. Trash, bulk items, and recycling are picked up once weekly. Click here to view the Recycling Newsletter.

Please note that no trash, recycling, yard waste, or leaf bags are to be set out for collection prior to 4pm the night before the scheduled pick up. All empty totes are to be removed by 6pm the day of pick up. Thank you for your cooperation.

Effective January 1, 2015, Borough trash fees were reduced by $7.50 per quarter or $30.00 per year. Since billing cycles overlap years, the reduction will be phased in over a three month period. All bills issued after April 1, 2015 will reflect the new, reduced rate of $68.50.

North / West
This schedule pertains to residents west of Adams Street, north of Beech Street from Adams Street to the 300 block of Charlotte Street, west of Charlotte Street, and north of High Street:
  • Trash / bulk - Collected on Friday
  • Recycling - Collected on Tuesday

South / East
This schedule pertains to residents east of Adams Street, south of Beech Street from Adams Street to the 300 block of Charlotte Street, east of Charlotte Street to High Street, and south of High Street:
  • Trash / bulk - Collected on Monday
  • Recycling - Collected on Thursday

If a holiday falls on a scheduled trash / recycling day, each collection will be pushed back one day. Holiday schedules are as follows:
  • For holidays falling on Monday or Tuesday - Monday trash will be collected on Tuesday. Tuesday recycling will be collected on Wednesday. This will not affect Thursday / Friday pickups.
  • For holidays falling on Thursday or Friday - Thursday recycling will be collected on Friday. Friday trash will be collected on Saturday. This will not affect Monday / Tuesday pickups.

Tote Information
Currently one tote for each two units (maximum of three totes).
  • Blue tote - Recycling only
  • Red tote - Trash only

Bulk Items & White Goods
Bulk waste items are large items of refuse such as household furniture-sofas, chairs, mattresses,
box springs, dressers, carpet (cut 3 - 4 feet and tied), etc. White goods are home appliances items such as washers, dryers, water heaters, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, etc. Items containing a refrigerant such as Freon (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, window air conditioners) will not be collected unless the item has a sticker certifying that the refrigerant has been properly removed and recovered. Contact an appliance dealer for this service.

Bulk items and white goods must have required sticker attached.  Bulk items are picked up on regular trash days.

As of Jan. 24, 2013, electronics, such as  televisions, computers and computer monitors, laptops, and tablets will not be accepted in the landfills. Montgomery County will not be holding an electronics collection event in 2015. Although state law requires electronics manufacturers  to offer recycling opportunities for tvs and computers, those manufacturers are no longer sponsoring county recycling collections in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. For information on collection locations, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

TV - Electronics Recycling

JP Mascaro has opened Total Recycle, a recycling center in Birdsboro.  They are accepting televisions.  TV’s will not be picked up.  They must be taken to the facility. 

For further information, please click here.

Hazardous Materials
For information on the disposal of hazardous materials, please click here.

Hazardous Waste Residential Events
For information on Hazardous Waste events click here.

Tire Collection Event
For information on the free county residential tire collection, please click here.

Compost Bins & Rain Barrels
For information on compost bins & rain barrels, please click here.

Yard Material
Yard material does not go in a red or blue tote. It must be put in brown leaf bags, a separate can with the lid off, or be bundled with twine or rope (no metal) approximately 3 - 4 feet in length. Tree limbs must be no bigger than 5 inches in diameter. Yard material put out in plastic bags will not be taken. No grass clippings will be picked up. 

Yard material will be collected every Wednesday from April 4, 2018 to December 19, 2018.
*Please note*
If a holiday falls on a yard material pick up day, or the Monday or Tuesday before a scheduled yard material pick up day, the yard material pick up will be skipped that week.

Yard Waste Drop-off Locations:

Arborganic Acres is an on farm compost facility located at 901 Cherry Hill Lane, Pottstown (North Coventry Township). Yard waste is accepted from the general public from all surrounding areas including the Pottstown Borough. Fee's range from $10 to $30 per ton typically for material smaller than 6 inches in diameter, leaves, and/or grass clippings. Higher prices may apply for mixed loads. Woodchips and Hard Wood Logs are accepted free of charge. Soft Wood Logs over 6 inches in diameter are a $100 minimum or $100 per ton. Fill dirt is also accepted and is price dependent upon the amount of soil and amount of other debris mixed in. All prices for Drop Offs as well as other Products are available at or by calling the office at 484-524-8850.

Leaf Bags Program
Leaf bags collection will continue every Wednesday, ending on December 19th. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable paper bags, and should be placed where your trash and recycling containers are placed for collection. Leaves placed in plastic bags, or other types of containers, will NOT be accepted. Leaves cannot be mixed with trash for collection. Raking of leaves into the street is a violation of Borough Ordinance #1773.  Leaf bags are $0.50 each and may be purchased at Borough Hall, Roller Mills, Pottstown Library,  Redner's, and Professional Pharmacy.

Christmas Tree Collection
Christmas Tree Collection will occur on the following Wednesdays in January:
January 9, 16, 23 & 30
Trees in bags will not be collected.

Guide to Commercial Recycling
For information, please click here