Trash & Recycling


Trash includes: garbage, rubbish, junk, debris, and refuse

  • Trash is collected every Wednesday.
  • Place trash at your curb not before 5:00PM Tuesday evening.   (If special circumstances are needed, please call the borough office at 610-874-2557)
  • Note that trash MUST be stored in covered containers (unless bulk trash) until put at curb for collection.
  • Bulk trash, i.e., anything that does not fit into a covered container (e.g., mattress, furniture) is also collected every Wednesday.  Must limit bulk trash to 3 items.
  • Mattresses and box springs must be wrapped in plastic.
  • Carpeting must be cut and rolled into 3 feet lengths and only 3 at a time per trash day.
  • The following items are NOT collected as trash: refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, computers, televisions, building materials (wood, drywall, cement blocks, etc.) and auto parts. Note: TVs, computers, and other electronics can be discarded at the Electronic Recycle Days.  See the Brookhaven Borough Newsletter, Calendar or Website for upcoming schedule and location.
  • Any items that contain or come in contact with body fluids or secretions of patients receiving radiation therapy should NOT be placed in regular trash.  Purchase yellow radioactive materials bag and place bags at curb separated from the regular trash.  (Consult physicians as to how long after your last treatment you should do this.)


Recyclables include: Newspapers, paper bags, glass, aluminum, tin cans, cardboard (not wet), cereal boxes, paperback books, hardback books, mail with personal identification removed, and plastics #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

  • Recyclables are collected every Wednesday, along with regular trash, so be sure to set them apart at curbside in either the recycling container provided by the borough, or a can marked “Recycling”.
    • Note: Please call the Borough Office to obtain a Recycling Can and/or “Recycle” stickers (to adhere to your trash receptacle).
  • The borough-provided recycling can is to be used for recyclables only.
  • Place recyclables at your curb not before 5:00PM Tuesday evening.
  • Recyclables should be loose in marked receptacles. 
  • Do not store recyclables in plastic bags.
  • Any cardboard that gets wet cannot be recycled and must be included with regular trash.
  • The following are not considered recyclables and should be put out with regular trash:
    • Plastic bags;
    • Pizza boxes;
    • Caps from bottles and jugs;
    • Styrofoam;
    • #6 plastics.

Radiation Therapy

If you or a family member are currently undergoing radiation, any personal trash items that may come in contact with bodily fluids, including, but not limited, feminine hygiene products, diapers, used tissues, etc. cannot be placed in the regular trash. Contaminated items must be separated and left to sit for two weeks prior to disposal in the regular trash. If you fall into this category and would like additional disposal instructions, please contact B & L Disposal at (484) 326-9774. Trash loads contaminated with radiation can lead to heavy fines and significant delays in trash collection.

Note: This information does not apply to the residents of Hilltop, Trimble Run, Stone Hill, or Traditions at Ridley Creek because Brookhaven is not responsible for their trash/recyclable pickup.