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Municipal Waste Services

Emmaus Borough

We Are Here to Help!

Our Customer Service team hours are:

  • 8am – 5pm Monday-Friday
  • 8am – 12pm Saturdays
  • Direct Dial 610-936-9967
Providing Services to Your Community

Find Your Service Day

Need to know your service day? Use the links the below.

Please make sure your cans are at the curb the night before your pick-up date.

Trash Services
All You Need to Know About

Trash Services Emmaus Borough

Please make sure your cans are at the curb the night before your pick-up date.  Collection of refuse and recycling can begin as early as 4:00 am on your pick up day.  Anything not out to the curb when the collection trucks come through will have to be held until the following week’s pick up.

  • Your carts should be at least 3 feet clear of any other objects including other carts, mailboxes, cars, street signs, etc.
  • Wheels on your cart should be toward the house so that all materials are emptied.
  • Be sure trash is bagged and lids are closed to prevent spills.

We cannot take:

  • Demolition and construction material including drywall, bricks, lumber and shingles.
  • Hazardous waste including radioactive, reactive, toxic, ignitable, corrosive, pathological, acidic.
  • Prohibited waste including tires.
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Bulk services
Large Item

Bulk Service

To arrange a pickup contact us no less than 24 hours PRIOR to your regular pick up day.
  • Items not scheduled with enough notice will be picked up the following week.
  • Each Bulk item is limited to no more than 70 lbs.
  • Construction materials will NOT be collected.

Appliances Containing Freon

Please contact us for information.

Mattresses and Toilets

For our employees’ safety:

  • Mattresses and box springs must be wrapped in plastic.
  • Toilets must be bagged.

How to Schedule

Contact our Borough Department no less than 24 hours PRIOR to your regular pick up day to schedule:

Recycling Guide
We Are Here to Guide You

Recycling Services

You must use a container clearly marked or labeled as recycling to hold your recyclables. A durable “recycling” blue container is preferred.

Recycling must be clean and should be loose in your can.

Acceptable Items

  • PET plastic containers with the symbol #1—with screw tops only, without caps
  • HDPE natural plastic containers with the symbol #2—narrow neck containers only (milk and water bottles)
  • HDPE pigmented plastic containers with the symbol #2—narrow neck containers only, without caps (detergent, shampoo bottles, etc.)
  • Plastics with symbols #3, #4, #5, #6, #7—narrow and screw top containers

 All bottles and containers must be rinsed clean and dry.

  • Newsprint, Magazines & Catalogues
  • Telephone books
  • Copier Paper & Mail
  • All other office paper without wax liners

Shredded paper cannot be recycle.

If paper is soiled or wet, compost or trash it.


Corrugated cardboard like shipping boxes and chipboard like cereal boxes.

Must be broken down.

If cardboard is soiled, compost or trash it.


Make sure containers are rinsed out and completely empty to avoid contamination.

Dirty recycling is contaminated recycling.


Brown, clear, or green glass.

Make sure glass containers are rinsed out and completely empty to avoid contamination.


Unacceptable Items


Plastic bags are not accepted as part of curbside recycling programs – they get tangled in equipment and threaten worker safety.

Plastic bags can be recycled at most grocery stores.


Plastic wrap, bubble wrap, sandwich bags and freezer bags should not go in the recycle bin.

Reuse whenever possible for presents, moving, or storage of similar items, or look for local options to recycle.


Flexible packaging like chip bags and juice or soup pouches cannot be recycled in curbside programs.

This type of packaging is made from multiple materials preventing it from being recycled.


Food and yard was cannot be recycled through our curbside program.

Compost or utilize Emmaus Borough’s yard waste program.


Polystyrene foam, plastic “to-go” containers and cups are made of non-recyclable materials, and are not acceptable in the curbside recycling program.

Packing peanuts aren’t recyclable either, however some shipping stores will take peanuts back for reuse.

Yard Waste and Leaves
Learn How to Dispose

Yard Waste and Leaves

The most environmentally correct way to dispose of yard waste is to utilize the Emmaus Borough’s yard waste programs.

The Borough is very pleased to have the resources of the Emmaus Compost Center located on Klines Lane.

For the convenience of their residents, Emmaus Borough provides property owners with two ways to properly dispose of leaves and yard waste.

  • Curbside Pick-Ups by the Public Works Department (
  • Yard Waste Drop-Off Site is located on Klines Lane.

Will begin on Monday, October 23, 2023 and continue through Friday, December 8, 2023.

The Borough recommends having your leaves raked to the curb at the beginning of each week.

April 3, 2023 through October 23, 2023

Yard waste will be collected Mondays except holidays.

Yard waste must be placed at the curb in approved yard waste bags, which can be purchased at most hardware stores. There is a 5 bag, 50 lb. limit.  More than 5 bags will not be collected.

Email the Borough or call 610-928-1133 to have your bags collected.

The Borough permits residents to bring their yard clippings, branches, and small shrubs to be deposited at the compost center, as well as allowing residents to take home screened compost and wood mulch.

The  Compost Site will be open from March 22, 2023 through December 2, 2023

  • Monday and Friday – 7:30-2:30
  • Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – 8:00-4:00

The Compost Site only accepts organic yard waste.  No lumber, root balls with dirt, garbage, dirt, building materials, etc., is allowed. 

Christmas tree collection will be done by the Public Works Department.

Holiday Services
Holiday Services and Schedule

Emmaus Borough

Emmaus Memorial Day 2024

Monday, May 27th, 2024
Check schedule

Emmaus Independence Day 2024

Thursday, July 4th, 2024
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Emmaus Labor Day 2024

Monday, September 2nd, 2024
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Emmaus Thanksgiving Day 2024

Thursday, November 28th, 2024
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Emmaus Christmas 2024

Wednesday, December 25th, 2024
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Emmaus New Year’s Day 2025

Wednesday, January 1st, 2025
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Upcoming Events
Emmaus Borough

Upcoming Events

E-Waste Event: Monday, August 12th

12:00 p.m. until the dumpster is full.
The E-Waste collection site is located at 33 Klines Lane (Borough maintenance garage)

Learn More About

Municipal Waste Services

Commonly Asked Questions

Follow the link below.

Regular household trash is fine to throw away.

If you have anything unusual like paint cans, appliances, or electronics please contact us first –  we may be able to help make these items disappear for you!

It makes the lives much easier for our drivers and helpers to have the trash in bags. So please put their trash in bags that are securely closed.

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