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Municipal Waste Services

Macungie Borough

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Our Customer Service team hours are:

  • 8am – 5pm Monday-Friday
  • 8am – 12pm Saturdays
  • Direct Dial 610-936-9967
Macungie Borough Residents

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Providing Services to Your Community

Your Service Day is Monday

Place the trash and recycling containers out after 6 pm on Sunday evening for Monday AM pick up.
Trash Services
All You Need to Know About

Trash Services Macungie Borough

The Borough provides curbside trash and recycling collection once per week for all residents with a limit of six twenty-one gallon containers or bags not to exceed 75 lbs. per week.

Items placed at the curbside for collection should be ground level at a point just inside the curb or street line, or at such place as to be easily accessible or convenient for collection.


  • Containers shall not be less than five (5) or more than twenty-one (21) gallon capacity.
  • Refuse and recyclable materials shall be placed in separate containers provided by the resident. These containers shall be of plastic, metal or other suitable material; shall be portable and have suitable handles by which they may be lifted.
  • Refuse or recycling container which has ragged or sharp edges or dangerous defect shall be promptly replaced by resident.

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.
  • E-Waste including computers, monitors & televisions.
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Bulk services
Large Item

Bulk Service

One large item may be scheduled each week for trash pickup.

White Goods:

  • Stoves, dishwashers, hot water heaters, washers and dryers and similar appliances can be scheduled for the weekly collection.

Mattresses and Toilets

For our employees’ safety:

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

We cannot take: auto parts, tires, E-Waste, and construction material.

How to Schedule

Contact our Borough Department by noon on Friday to schedule a Monday pick up:

Recycling Guide
We Are Here to Guide You

Recycling Services

Recycling must be loose (NOT in plastic bags) and clean in properly marked containers.

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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 Macungie Borough’s yard waste programs.
  • Curbside Pick-Ups by the Public Works Department.
  • Yard Waste Drop-Off Site.

2023 leaf collection date to be annouced.

Do not mix grass clippings, garden waste, tree or shrub trimmings with the leaves or the pile will not be picked up. These items will damage the leaf vacuum.

Macungie Borough residents may take their yard waste to the Emmaus Borough Municipal Yard Waste Facility.

A pass must be obtained from Macungie Borough office before you can use the Emmaus yard waste facility.

Trees may be placed at the curb for pickup by the Borough to be taken to the Emmaus Composite Site. The tree must be clean of tinsel, ornaments and lights and not in a bag.

Holiday Service Schedule
Holiday Services and Schedule

Macungie Borough

Macungie Memorial Day 2024

Monday, May 27th, 2024
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Macungie Independence Day 2024

Thursday, July 4th, 2024
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Macungie Labor Day 2024

Monday, September 2nd, 2024
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Macungie Thanksgiving 2024

Thursday, November 28th, 2024
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Macungie Christmas 2024

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

Wednesday, January 1st, 2025
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Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

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Municipal Waste Services

Commonly Asked Questions

Follow the link below for local resources.

Follow the link below for local resources.

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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