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Municipal Waste Services

Borough of Emmaus

About the Service
Municipal Waste Services

Borough of Emmaus

Whitetail Disposal is proud to partner with the Emmaus  borough to provide waste and recycling services to its residents.

To reach our borough customer service team by phone at 610-754-0103 option 2.

8am-5pm Monday-Friday and 8am-12pm on Saturdays. 

What You Need to Know

Trash Service

  • All waste and recycling should be placed curbside the night before your service day.
  • Please do not put anything you do not wish to be picked up near your carts.
  • Trash should be bagged.

  • Wheels on your toters should be toward the house so that all materials are emptied
  • Please make sure your cans have at least 4 feet clearance from any other objects including mailboxes, cars, street signs, etc., with the wheels facing your home
  • To help us prevent waste spills please make sure your container lid is closed.

For safety and health reasons we cannot take:

  • Demolition and construction material including drywall, bricks, lumber and shingles.
  • Hazardous waste including radioactive, reactive, toxic, ignitable, corrosive, pathological, acidic
  • Automotive parts
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Here to Guide You On


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Acceptable Items


Plastic 1 and 2 are preferred but  1-7 are accepted.

Recycle plastics by shape: bottles, jars, jugs and tubs. 

All bottles and containers must be rinsed clean and dry.

Dirty recycling is contaminated recycling.


Recycle empty tin, aluminum and steel cans.

All food and beverage cans must be rinsed clean and dry.

Dirty recycling is contaminated recycling.


Paper, newspaper and magazines are good to recycle.

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


Flatten and bundle all cardboard and paperboard when not placing inside toter.

Pizza boxes are trash and not recyclable.


Glass food bottles and jars can be recycled.

Not all glass is recyclable. Glass that has specialized chemical compositions such as tempered glass are not recyclable. 

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

Dirty recycling is contaminated recycling.

Unacceptable Items

plastic bottles

If you must bag your recyclables, see through bags are required.

Any recyclables bagged in solid (non-see through) bags must be handled as trash.


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.


Cups with plastic or waxed coatings are not recyclable. The plastic lids should be trashed as well.

Invest in and carry a reusable cup instead.


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.

Bulk, Hazardous, & Yard Waste
What you need to know about

Bulk items, Hazardous Waste, and Yard Waste

Large Items and Items That Don’t Fit in Your Can

Bulk Items

One standard bulk item is included with borough service. 

To ensure proper pick up all bulk items should be scheduled in advance.

Item can be scheduled by calling the office  610-754-0103 option 2 or by email.

Please schedule by noon on the day before service.

For our employee’s safety

  • Mattresses and box springs  must wrapped in plastic
  • Toilets must be bagged
Bulk Services
The Right Way to Dispose of

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.

The site serves the public for its yard waste as well as providing compost and wood mulch for their yards.

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 borough of Emmaus performs curbside leaf collection during leaf season.

Leave can also be brought to their compost center on Klines Road.

Their website has dates and detailed information.

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How to Safely Get Rid of

Hazardous Waste

E-Waste events will take place the second Monday of the month beginning in March with the last collection in November.

The E-Waste collection site is located at 33 Klines Lane (Borough maintenance garage)

12:00 6:00 p.m.

  • July 11th
  • August 8th
  • September 12th
  • October 12th
  • November 14th

This program is now available to the residents of Emmaus Borough.

Dates and locations will be announced closer to the event.

  • Acceptable items for drop off include: automotive fluids (oil, antifreeze, etc.), garden chemicals, paint products, household chemicals, universal material, and tires.
  • Unacceptable items for drop off include: ammunitions, explosives, asbestos, unlabeled materials, or leaking containers.
Hazardous Waste
Holiday Schedule
Emmaus Borough

2022 Holiday Schedule

November 24th – Thanksgiving Day:

Whitetail Disposal will be closed Thanksgiving.

Thursday and Friday service days will be delayed by one day. Normal Thursday service will occur on Friday, and normal Friday service will occur on Saturday.

* Wednesday service day will remain unaffected. *


All other holidays will occur on your normal service day

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