Trash & Recycling


Between December 2, 2019 and January 1, 2020,  your RED trash tote will be replaced with a new 96-gallon GRAY tote. Beginning January 1, 2020, ONE bulk item will be collected FREE of charge on your regular trash pick-up day. To see additional information click here

New Flexible Plastic Recycling

J. P. Mascaro & Sons can now recycle more types of flexible plastics. For detailed information click here.  For frequently asked recycling questions click here.

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. View the Recycling Newsletter (PDF).

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.

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
  • Gray 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 appliance 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 are picked up on regular trash days. Starting in 2020, one (1) bulk item per week per service address will be picked up free of charge. 

As of 2/1/2019 - Requirement from J. P. Mascaro all mattresses and box springs must be bagged and sealed in plastic bags. Beginning January 1, 2020, the cost is $6.75 per bag, which will hold up to a king-size mattress or box spring. 

Additional bulk items and white goods must have required sticker attached. 

Download the Bulk Waste & White Goods Pick-up Service Order Form (PDF)

  • Bulk item pickup fee - $15 per item
  • White goods pickup fee - $25 per item

As of Jan. 24, 2013, electronics, such as televisions, computers and computer monitors, laptops, and tablets will not be accepted in the landfills. Although state law requires electronics manufacturers to offer recycling opportunities for televisions 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

J. P. Mascaro & Sons has opened Total Recycle, a recycling center in Birdsboro. They are accepting televisions. Televisions will not be picked up. They must be taken to the facility.

Further information (PDF)

Hazardous Waste Residential Events (PDF)

Tire Collection Event

View information on the free county residential tire collection (PDF)

Compost Bins & Rain Barrels

View information on compost bins & rain barrels (PDF)

Yard Material

Yard material does not go in a gray 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 6, 2022 to December 21, 2022.

*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 Arborganic Acres website or by calling the office at 484-524-8850.

Leaf Bags Program

Leaf bags collection will continue every Wednesday, ending on December 21st.  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,  Pottstown Regional Public Library, Redner’s,  Professional Pharmacy and the Roller Mills.

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas Tree Collection will occur on the following Wednesdays in January: 

January 5, 12 , 19 & 26, 2022
Trees in bags will not be collected. 

Guide to Commercial Recycling click here