Lara Kelly is the neighborhood’s trash and recycling coordinator. She is available to consult neighborhood businesses to help improve their trash and recycling practices.  Lara is in contact with the City’s recycling director, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and other pro-active environmental organizations in an effort to keep the neighborhood cleaner and greener.

For questions about trash or recycling e-mail Lara at

To report a trash or recycling issue call 311 and get a ticket number. Then e-mail with the ticket number and description of the problem. Lara will follow up with her contacts at the city.

Recycle Bin w LidWant to Recycle? It’s easy!

Curbside Pick-Up (weekly)

To start, stop by the Community Center and pick up
a recycle bin.
Fill out a quick form to register with RecycleBank, and receive a blue, 32-gallon bin and lid for a donation of $15. All of your recyclables can be disposed of responsibly with this container.

recycling in paper bagAlso, City-approved stickers are available at the office, which can placed on your trash container. The City’s sanitation workers will pick up your recycling in any rigid-sided container if you display this sticker.

NO cardboard boxes, plastic bags, paper bags, etc should be used to contain your recyclables for curbside pick up.

What Goes in your Recycle Bin?

Recyclables needs to be rinsed free of food residue. This is because the oily residues in food interfere with the sorting machines used to separate the items.

The following is a list of acceptable material:

  • Paper — newspaper, cardboard, junk-mail, circulars, stapled or not, pizza box halves (tear away the oily half of the box)
  • Plastic (Nos. 1 through 7 *) — Rinsed milk cartons, juice containers, cleaning supply containers, lids
  • Metal — Rinsed cans, clean aluminum foil
  • Glass — Rinsed containers of any color
  • Rinsed Waxed Containers —  milk cartons, juice boxes
  • Old Cans of Acrylic Paint — Allow the paint to dry completely first.

Plastics are graded by number which can be found embossed on its bottom surface. The number is set inside the universal recycle symbol.  Plastics 1-7 can be recycled.


plastic bags


What Does Not Go In Curbside Pick-Up?

  • Plastic Bags
  • Household Hazardous Waste — like old paint cans (oil-based)
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed Paper or Cups
  • Wet or food-soiled paper
  • Paper Tissues, Towels, or Napkins
  • Porcelain & Non-Container Glass
  • Light Bulbs or Tapes (VHS or Audio)
  • Electronics
  • Needles or Syringes

How do I recycle plastic bags?

  • You can bring your bags back to many area supermarkets. But a better solution is not use plastic bags in the first place – use reusable bags instead.

How do I recycle household hazardous waste?

How do I recycle Styrofoam?

  • Styrofoam is collected along with household hazardous waste.
  • Click HERE for city-wide collection schedules.
  • Styrofoam Peanuts can be recycled at the Northern Liberties Mailbox Store at 3rd & Fairmount.

How do I dispose of tires?

Removing illegally discarded tires that can collect standing water and cause mosquito problems in your neighborhood is important. Check out the Streets Department’s Tire Round Up Program or drop off tires at City Sanitation Convenience Center.

How do I dispose or recycle mattresses?

You can put your used mattress out for curbside pickup. However, by law it must be inside a mattress bag. If you’d like to help reduce the size of land fills check out some alternative resources HERE.

Free Bins Available at these locations (But, call first!):

Northwest Drop-Off Center
Domino Lane & Umbria Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-2501, ext. 02

Northeast Drop-Off Center
State Road & Ashburner Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-8072, ext. 73

Southwest Drop-Off Center
3033 South 63rd Street (near Passyunk Avenue)
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-4290, ext. 01

No Circular sticker OLCircular Free Stickers Available at the Community Center

If you want to cut down on litter created by all those rain-soaked circulars you see lying around, click on the No Circular sticker to the right…



The City of Philadelphia is home to more than 50,000 businesses.

Love SculptureAll of these businesses – large or small, family–owned or part of a national corporation, and even apartment buildings – have to recycle. However, complying with the City’s recycling law is not only easy, it can also be cost neutral or even save money. This toolkit will walk business owners, managers, administrators, and others through the process of setting up a recycling program or improving their current program, making implementing or improving your recycling program as easy as possible!

View the City’s online Brochure HERE.

Download the City’s Brochure HERE.


2012 EwasteE-Waste Recycling

The city no longer collects e-waste at their Household Hazardous Waste events – they have made it possible to drop off e-waste to any sanitation center:

  • Philadelphia Sanitation Convenience Centers: accept E-waste, including computers, monitors, televisions, and other computer-related equipment. There are 5 locations in the city all of which are open from 8a – 6p Monday – Saturday – for specifics.
  • eForce Recycling (3114 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146) accepts electronics and assures that the highest environmental value is achieved (and that all obsolete material is demanufactured onsite).
  • Best Buy: (2300 S Columbus Blvd, 2130 Route 70, Cherry Hill NJ) accepts most electronic recycling for no charge. Exceptions apply so check their website, or call the store before loading up your car..
  • Staples (1500 Chestnut Street, 19102; Staples – 1300 S Columbus Blvd) accepts many electronics for free recycling. Same as Best Buy, but you should definitely check their website and/or call the store before heading over.

 Treecycling in January

Usually held on the first Saturday of January, the NLNA sponsors a Christmas tree chipping event. Bring  your undecorated and de-tinsled tree to Liberty Lands to have it chipped for use in the neighborhood instead of it ending up in a landfill.


Visit the Streets Dept.’s website these days and you’ll see NLNA resident and Quality of Life Coordinator Lara Kelly on the front page. She’s one of a handful of Philadelphians recognized in the “Unlitter Us” campaign. Check out the story, plus video of Lara and her daughter Harper in action!