City of Philadelphia Revises Trash Collection Schedule Ahead of Major Winter Storm

With a blizzard set to blanket Philadelphia with its first significant snow of the season, the city’s Street Department has revised its trash collection schedule.

The updated trash collection information is as follows:

For those who have normal THURSDAY trash and recycling collection, which was to be picked up Friday because of the MLK holiday, leave your trash at the curb Friday as scheduled.

For those who have normal FRIDAY trash and recycling collection, which was to be picked up Saturday because of the MLK holiday, residents are asked to hold their trash until next week; the trash trucks will be used to plow starting Friday evening.

City officials said residents who normally have rear driveway trash pick-up will have front street pick-up next week.

City officials said a snow emergency will go into effect beginning at 9 p.m. Friday. Car owners are asked to not park on snow emergency routes. The snow emergency routes, which are marked by signs on the streets, can be found here.

“We’re going to get through this together, as a city,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

Kenney urged residents to help by clearing steps and sidewalks, by helping neighbors do so, and by checking on elderly neighbors.

All city residents are required to clear a path of three feet in front of their property within six hours of a snow event ending, including curb cuts. Don’t shovel snow back into the street, as it is both against the law and disrespectful of the city crews that have worked hard to clear them.

The city’s Emergency Operations Center will begin operating at 8 p.m. Friday and full activation Saturday.

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