Municipal Waste Services

Upper Macungie Township

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Our Customer Service team hours are:

  • 8am – 5pm Monday-Friday
  • 8am – 12pm Saturdays
  • Direct Dial 610-936-9967
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Please make sure your carts are at the curb the night before your pick-up day.

Trash Services
All You Need to Know About

Trash Services Upper Macungie Township

Make sure to put your UMT trash & recycle carts curbside for collection the night before your pick up day.

As a reminder, any trash placed outside your cart will not be collected. However, you can purchase another cart.

  • UMT carts must be used.
  • 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:

  • Hazardous waste including radioactive, reactive, toxic, ignitable, corrosive, or acidic items.
  • E-waste including televisions, computers, etc.
Cart Order
Have additional trash or recycling?

Additional Cart Order

Any residence may order a 2nd trash or recycling cart  (maximum 2 of each cart per residence) at the Township Building.

There is no additional monthly cost for a 2nd cart.

If you are unable to pick up a cart, you may send in a check payable to UMT, along with a completed form.

The Township will not exchange used trash carts or recycle carts for new ones.

Carts remain property of the Township.


Trash or Recycle

65 Gallon Cart

The price for this cart is $65.

Trash Only

95 gallon cart

The price for this cart is $85.

Bulk services
Large Items

Bulk Service

Bulk waste will be collected on the regular collection day, and limited to one (1) item per week with restriction that the size and weight may be reasonably to lifted by two persons.
  • All bulk items should be scheduled in advance. Items not scheduled with enough notice will be picked up the following week.


  • Can be purchased at the Municipal Township building for a fee for additional waste
  • Debris pile shall be no larger than four 4’x4’x6′
  • A maximum of four (4) stickers per calendar year

Mattresses and Toilets

For our employees’ safety:

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

White Goods Collection

Freezer, Refrigerator, Stove, Air conditioner, Dishwasher, Dehumidifier, Water Softener:

  • Residents must schedule removal in advance.
  • All doors must be removed.

How to Schedule

Contact our Borough Department by 11am the day prior to your service day (for Monday service by 11am on Friday) to schedule:

Recycling Guide
We Are Here to Guide You

Recycling Services

If your recycling is contaminated, or includes items that are not acceptable according to the list below, they will be rejected.

All recycling must be in the yellow lidded recycle cart.

Recyclables must be clean and dry. Do not bag recyclables.

Acceptable Items


 All bottles and containers must be rinsed clean and dry.

Dirty recycling is contaminated recycling.


Shredded paper cannot be recycle. It clogs the recycling sorting line.

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


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.


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

Dirty recycling is contaminated recycling.

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 UMT’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 Upper Macungie’s yard waste programs.

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

  • Curbside Pick-Ups twice a year by the Public Works Department (generally May and October).
  • Yard Waste Drop-Off Site is located on Grim Road, across from the Township Office Building.

Drop-off Site located on the corner or intersection of Schantz & Grim Roads, next to the Public Works garage.

DROP-OFF INSTRUCTIONS: Closed on observed UMT Holidays in addition to Federal Holidays. Please call 610-395-4892 if you are unsure of the hours.

  • UMT residents may drop-off grass clippings, leaves, shrubs and small trees (including Christmas Trees).
  • Shrubs and small trees no longer than 4 feet long and 5 inches wide are accepted.
  • All waste must be removed from bags.
  • Please remember that grass must be separated from other yard-waste.

Curbside pickups of yard-waste occur semi-annually, once in the Fall (October) and once in the Spring (May).

  • Accepted Items- leaves from trees, garden residue, shrubbery trimmings, and tree trimmings.
  • Limbs and branches tied and bundled to a maximum of 48″ x 18″ x 18″.
  • If branches and limbs are not tied and bundled, they will not be picked up.
  • Items improperly bagged or bundled will not be accepted.
  • Leaf waste can be placed in open trash containers, no larger than 32 gallon capacity and less than 60 pounds.
  • A combined maximum of six (6) bundles or containers per household will be collected.

IF YOU MISSED THE PICK-UP DATE: Yard-wastes may be deposited at the UMT Yard Waste Drop-off Site.

Residents can drop off Christmas trees at the UMT Yard Waste Drop off site on Grim Road, across from the Township Office Building.

Curbside Christmas tree pick up will be the day after your regular refuse pick-up day beginning 1/9/23 – 1/27/23 (3 weeks).

Holiday Services
Holiday Services and Schedule

Upper Macungie Township

If your pickup day falls on a holiday, we will be there the following day to service you.

For the remainder of our residential customers, your service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.


Sunday, December 25th, 2022
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Sunday, January 1st, 2023
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Monday, May 29th, 2023
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Tuesday, July 4th, 2023
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Monday, September 4th, 2023
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Thursday, November 23rd, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Upper Macungie Township

Upcoming Events

UMT Electronic Recycling Event: Saturday, May 6, 2023

Grange Road Park located at 360 Grange Road, Allentown
Time: 9 am -1 pm

Spring 2023 Curbside Yard-Waste Pick-Up: Wednesday, May 10th

Shredding Recycling Event: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Grange Road Park located at 360 Grange Road, Allentown
Time: 9 am -1 pm

Municipal Waste Services

Commonly Asked Questions

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

Yes, Upper Macungie supplies containers for their residents which must be used for service.

If you have additional trash or recycling that does not fit into your cart you can purchase a 2nd cart through the Township.

Red Hair Girl and Trash Can