Trash & Recycling
Trash collection in the Borough is a rear door pickup service. Refuse must be in your trash can and outside by 7:00 a.m. on the day of pickup. Items may be placed in a container of your choice, but the container must be no larger than 32 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Collection is as shown on the Trash Schedule Map (Blue outlined streets are Monday pickup and Green outlined streets are Thursday pickup)
PLEASE NOTE collection will not occur on the following legal holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Collection will occur on the following calendar day. Delayed collection due to snow or weather emergency conditions preventing collection service on the a regularly scheduled date will result in the collections being made on the next calendar day following the end of the snow or weather emergency.
All Borough residences are collected on Wednesday
Recycling in the Borough is single stream; all material can be mixed together in your recycling bin. Recyclables must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the morning of pickup. Items may be placed in your Swarthmore Borough recycling bin, in a container of your choice, or in paper bags (container must be no larger than 32 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs). There is no limit on the amount of material that may be put out for collection.
Borough Recycling Center
In addition to the curbside recycling program, the Borough operates a Recycling Center located at 121 Dartmouth Avenue. The facility includes containers for paper and cardboard, mixed bottles and cans (including plastic), and aluminum. Shredded paper is only accepted in the paper recycle bin. It can not be placed in curbside recycling.
The hours of operation are:
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Weekdays
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Weekends
Please be considerate of nearby neighbors and observe the posted hours.
Commercial and Institutional Recycling
Owners and occupants of commercial, municipal and institutional establishments are required to recycle at a minimum, paper, aluminum, glass, plastic, corrugated paper and leaf waste. Recyclers may contract with a private hauler or use the Borough's Recycling Center (located at 121 Dartmouth Avenue). A report of recycling activity must be submitted annually to the Borough.