Trash & Recycling Additional Info

Palmer Township Trash & Recycling Curbside Single-Stream Recycling Collection

Place the following items in your recycling cart (with the yellow lid) for weekly collection:

  • Plastics
    rinsed #1 through #7, no polystyrene foam; lids should be attached to drink bottles
  • Glass
    rinsed clear, brown and green bottles and jars; lids removed
  • Metals
    rinsed aluminum, tin and steel cans, and household metals, pots and pans
  • Paper
    office and school paper, newsprint, junk mail, paper bags, phone books, magazines, catalogs, envelopes, wrapping paper (no metallic or bows), shredded paper should be bagged and placed in the trash
  • Cardboard
    shoe, gift, and cereal boxes, corrugated boxes, cut or flattened as needed
  • Food and beverage cartons
    milk, cream, egg substitutes, orange juice, soup, broth, and wine cartons, and juice boxes



  • Place all waste materials in the all-green automated cart.
  • Trash should be bagged before it is put in the cart. Bagging helps keep your cart clean and reduces windblown litter.
  • Tires, hazardous waste, liquid paint, motor oil, and electronics are prohibited

Items that will not be collected as waste or recycling
Televisions and computer equipment, appliances that contain refrigerants, liquid waste, hazardous household wastes, medical waste, exposed needles, construction materials, dead animals, dirt, rock, building materials, tires, car parts.

How To Place The Carts At The Curb For Collection

  • Carts must be within two feet of the curb edge by 6:00 AM on the morning of collection and must be removed from the street no later than 7:00 PM on collection day. Carts are not to be left on the street all week.
  • Please place the cart at least 4 feet from any tree, utility pole, mailbox, fire hydrant, etc., and at least 5 feet away from any cars parked in the street. Carts must be placed at least 3 feet apart from each other.
  • Do not lean anything against the container, as it cannot be lifted for dumping.
  • Remember to place the arrows on the lid of the container toward the street and the handle toward the house.
  • The automated truck arm has a reach of 6 feet. The arm requires 3' clearance around the cart for the lifting mechanism to work properly. Cars parked within 5 feet of the container will inhibit or even prevent collection.


Drop-off Recycling Center

Located at 3600 Hartley Avenue

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8-4
Saturday 10-3, Sunday 12-4.

Accepts all recyclables listed under "Curbside Single Stream Recycling" with no presorting required.
For more information click here.

The following items are sorted in separate containers at this facility:

  • Cardboard - large boxes or amounts, no need to breakdown or flatten
  • Scrap metal - washers, dryers, hot water heaters, bicycles, microwaves, BBQ grills (gas and/or charcoal removed, lawnmowers (with oil and gas removed) and various other household metal items
  • Small bundles of yard waste, no larger than 1' high by 3' long and not exceeding 40 lbs. (maximum of three bundles per vehicle)

One Day Holiday and Weather Emergency Delay Information For Trash And Recycling Collection
See the Holiday Schedule and Weather Emergency Page.

It’s The Law: No Electronics In The Trash!
As of January 24, 2013, it became illegal for any individual to dispose of electronic waste in any other way except to recycle it. Under PA Act 108 of 2010, computers, laptops, peripherals, monitors, and televisions must be recycled. Trash haulers will no longer be able to collect these items and will risk considerable fines if they do.

Click here for additional information on electronic recycling.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events
Contact Ken Zinis, Environment and Sustainability Services, Northampton County
610-559-3200, Ext 6.

Check our News Feed for Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event information.

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