Trash & Recycling

Trash collection is now curbside. Refuse must be in your trash can and outside by 7:00 a.m. on the day of pickup. You may place up to two containers weighing no more than 50 lbs each of your choice. Collection is as shown below.

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.  

 Creative Waste Solutions (B and L Disposal)

 409 West Oak Lane
 Glenolden, PA 19036
 484-326-9774 (office)
All Borough residences are collected on Wednesday 

Recycling in the Borough is single stream; all acceptable material (see guide below) 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). Please do not put any recyclables in plastic bags.  The recycling center will not accept plastic bags. There is no limit on the amount of material that may be put out for collection. 
Curious about what's allowable in your recycling bin? Want to know what it means to recycle clean material? Check out these tips.
What to Recycle and what not to recycle.

Best Practices for Recycling in the Borough of Swarthmore

Borough Recycling Center

Used Clothing Drop-Off Shed -  accepts used clothing, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, linens and stuffed toys. 

Borough residents are encouraged to take cardboard, newspaper, office paper, and aluminum to the Recycling Center instead of including it in their curbside collection bins. The Borough sells these valuable source-separated products on the local recycling market. 

Shredded paper is accepted at the recycling center but not curbside.
Glass, plastic and food cans are no longer accepted at the Recycling Center. Please place them at curbside for pickup.

Aluminum cans are still accepted in the green enclosed trailer.
 The Borough Recycling Center is located at 121 Dartmouth Avenue.  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.