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Great American Cleanup 2018

Residential Trash and Recycling

City Trash & Recycling Service Details

Trash and recycling collection is required for all residences in the City of Reading.[1] The City of Reading operates weekly services for residential properties with 4 or fewer units.[2] As a participant in the City’s trash and recycling collection program, you enjoy:

·       Weekly curbside trash collection of no more than four (4) trash bags (maximum 55 gallons each)

·       Weekly curbside recycling collection

·       Weekly collection of one (1) bulky waste item

·       Limited electronic devices and vehicle tire collection. See Special Collections for details.

·       Limited yard waste collection

·       Monthly billing on your water bill.

The above services are billed at a combined 2018 rate of $22.76 per month ($16.98 for trash and $5.78 for recycling). Services are billed to your regular water bill. If you are a new owner or need to restart a cancelled service, please fill out & return the application form below. Service cancellation requests must be in writing.

Application for Curbside Collection


[1] Residential properties with 4 or fewer units must be on the City-provided recycling service. Owners may choose to opt-out of City-provided trash collection – see “Trash” section below.

[2] Owners of multi-family properties with 5 or more units are part of the commercial program and are responsible for contracting with a licensed hauler. The owner must provide both trash and recycling services. For more information, see the Commercial Trash & Recycling Program page.

Recycling

City recycling services are currently provided, through contract, by Republic Services. Residents cannot opt-out of the City’s recycling service. Items to be recycled include:

·       Plastic & glass containers

·       Metal cans

·       Paper & cardboard

Residents should place recyclables curbside in a recycling container.
Clear, closed plastic bags can be used for additional needs or if no container is available. When available, the city can provide 1 recycling container per household. There is no limit to the amount of recyclables collected. To obtain a recycling bin, please use the iRequest system (website, Android, iOS) or call the Citizens Service Center at 1-877-727-3234.

New in 2017, recycling is easier than ever. You no longer have to separate your paper and cardboard from the rest of your recycling – all recycling can go in one bin. This also means you can recycle additional types of paper like magazines, junk mail, and office paper. Remember: clean, empty, & dry! For more information about what can be recycled, visit our What Goes Where? page.

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Trash

truckCity recycling services are currently provided, through contract, by Republic Services. Your trash should be placed on the curb in closed, sealed trash bags at least 1 mil thick. Heavy duty bags are recommended for heavy loads or when the content could tear a thinner bag. Placing closed, sealed trash bags in a lidded container is recommended. Hazardous waste, such as paint and automobile fluids, cannot be collected curbside.

Owners wishing to opt-out of the City-provided trash service must contact the Customer Service Center and provide evidence of a valid agreement with a private hauler. This does not exempt you from the City’s recycling service.