Trash and Recycling Pickup Guide


Regular household trash consists of garbage, rubbish, and waste material generated in private homes or apartment houses with less than five units. The following items may also be acceptable to regular collection, if properly prepared for pick-up.

  • Mattresses or box springs: Put out with your regular trash, but limited to only one (1) each per collection. Mattresses/box springs cannot be rain soaked and MUST be placed in a sealable clear plastic or vinyl mattress bag. Mattress disposal bags are sold at most major retailers and home improvement stores, such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, and
  • Grass clippings: Place all grass clippings in a bag in the trash can, not loose in the can.
  • Carpeting: One (1) room of carpeting per collection. Carpeting must be cut down to 3 feet in length, rolled up and tied in a bundle. Each bundle should not exceed 40lbs and cannot be rain soaked.
  • Branches: Branches must be cut down to 3 feet in length and tied in a bundle. Each bundle should not exceed 40lbs. Branches should not be greater than 4 inches in diameter.
  • Large Glass Items or Broken Glass: Any large glass item such as glass table tops and mirrors should be broken down and placed in a sealed box. To prevent serious injuries, please do not place any broken glass in trash bags
  • Paint: Latex Paint (water based): Remove the lid from can and the paint must be completely dried out. Use kitty litter or a “paint dry” product if needed. Oil based Paint is a hazardous waste and is not acceptable. Check calendar for the location of a hazardous waste drop-off event.
  • Couches & Small Furniture Items: Small tables, chairs, couches, microwaves and televisions will be picked up with your regular trash but are limited to only one (1) furniture item per trash collection.

Collection Time: Trash must be out for pick-up no later than 7:00 A.M. on your scheduled trash day. Cans must be removed from the trash line no later than 6:00 P.M.

Trash Can Size: Trash cans should not exceed 32 gallons in size and should not have permanently attached lids. Cans larger than 32 gallons, or cans with attached lids, may not be completely emptied due to the can size or attached lids.

Weight limit: The combined weight of a trash can and the trash contained within it shall not exceed 40lbs. This includes days when there is an excessive amount of rain and the can fills with water. (It’s helpful to punch drainage holes in the bottom of your trash can.) The allowable total combined weight per household pick-up is 200lbs.

Recycling Upper Darby Collects:

SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING is defined as the collection of newspapers & paper products; corrugated paper & cardboard; aluminum food & beverage cans; steel & bi-metallic food & beverage cans; plastic products numbered 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 (no plastic bags) and glass containers, excluded are plate glass, light bulbs, automotive glass, blue glass, porcelain and ceramic products. Ordinance No. 2972 of Upper Darby Township requires all residents to separate from their regular trash and to recycle the following:


  • Acceptable : Paper Products Newspapers, magazines and periodicals, catalogs, telephone directories, junk mail and paperback books catalogs, magazines and telephone books.
  • Not Acceptable : Plastic bags.
  • Acceptable : Cardboard, paper boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes, egg and cereal cartons, brown paper bags
  • Not Acceptable : Waxed or plastic coated cardboard


  • Acceptable : Used beverage cans that are rinsed, clean and dry
  • Not Acceptable : Do not include foil, wrap, trays, plates, etc.


  • Acceptable : All steel and "bi-metal" household cans that a magnet will attract that are rinsed, clean and dry
  • Not Acceptable : 55 gallon drums, paint cans, aerosol cans, gasoline and oil cans.


  • Acceptable : All plastic food and beverage containers numbered 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.
  • Not Acceptable : Plastic bags.


  • Acceptable : All glass containers
  • Not Acceptable : Plate glass, light bulbs, automotive glass, blue glass, porcelain and ceramic products.

Resident's Guide to Trash and Recycling

Guía Para Residentes Sobre Basura y Reciclaje

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