Where to responsibly dispose of your recyclables in Philadelphia
We’ve written pages and pages of blog posts telling you why you might need storage and what problems a storage unit can solve. But sometimes, rather than rent a storage unit long term, it’s better to get rid of the things you don’t need. If someone else could use them, we urge you to see them on their way to a donation center. But if the items are unusable, and it’s time for them to go, don’t just toss them in a dumpster–recycle. To make it easier for you to recycle in Philadelphia, we’ve compiled this map of recycling centers labeled according to type.
|Blue Mountain Recycling||2904 Ellsworth Street||(215) 462-7372||Common Recyclables|
|Elemental Inc||2371 Church Street||(215) 289-1475||E-Waste|
|Philadelphia Recycling Center||3850 Ford Road||(215) 685-0108||Common Recyclables|
|Richard S. Burns & Company, Inc.||4300 Rising Sun Avenue||(215) 324-6377||Construction Waste|
|Geppert Recycling||4000 Pulaski Avenue||(215) 842-0122||Construction Waste|
|All-Met Recycling||2250 Adams Avenue||(215) 537-5904||Scrap Metal|
|TBS Industries||4211 Van Kirk Street||(215) 535-6500||E-Waste|
|Winzinger Recycling||2870 East Allegheny Avenue||(215) 425-4422||Construction Waste|
|Penn Treaty Demolition and Metals||1415 Frankford Avenue||(215) 423-2110||Scrap Metal|
|S D Richman Sons Inc||2435 Wheatsheaf Lane||(215) 535-5100||Scrap Metal|
|PaperWorks Industries Inc||5000 Flat Rock Road||(215) 984-7000||Paper|
|Revolution Recovery||7333 Milnor St.||215.333.6505||Common Recyclables|
|Safe Disposal Systems Inc||4301 North Delaware Avenue||(215) 332-3134||Appliance Recycling|
|Allegheny Iron & Metal Co Inc||2200 Adams Avenue||(215) 743-7759||Scrap Metal|
|Garfield Refining Co||810 East Cayuga Street||(215) 743-4653||Scrap Metal|
|Sullivan Thomas M & Sons||2710 East Westmoreland Street||(215) 426-3852||Scrap Metal|
|John D’orazio & Sons, Inc.||2900 Bridge Street||(215) 743-9440||Common Recyclables|
|American Box & Recycling||3900 North 10th Street||(215) 599-2350||Common Recyclables|
|Enterprise Metals Inc||4601 Bath Street||(609) 576-3233||Scrap Metal|
|Greendog Recycling Inc||2335 Wheatsheaf Lane||(215) 537-1023||Scrap Metal|
|NDV Recycling||3630 North 2nd Street||(215) 423-0690||Scrap Metal|
|Rhino Recycling||2942 East Tioga Street||(215) 634-8138||Scrap Metal|
|Jack’s Scrap Metals||3615 Emerald Street||(215) 535-7588||Scrap Metal|
|River Front Recycling||(Camden)||(856) 768-1400||Construction Waste|
|Philadelphia Plastic Recyling||19 Bala Avenue #303||(610) 667-3170||Plastics|
What can you recycle in Philadelphia?
Of course, Philly has it’s own city recycling program, with trucks collecting the contents of recycling bins the same day as trash day. The city recycling service is single-stream, meaning all recyclables go in the same bin–you don’t even have to sort! The service is capable of handling common recycling materials, including aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard, and plastics 1-7. However, make sure you don’t put any of the following items in your bin: Styrofoam (including cups and packing peanuts), plastic bags, batteries, windows or mirrors, light bulbs, batteries, pots and pans, PVC pipes, plastic cutlery, toothbrushes, and coat hangers. For any of these items, or if you have too-large a quantity of items they can handle, visit or contact one of the above-listed recycling centers.
Finally, don’t forget to get involved with the Philadelphia Recycling Awards program. After signing up, the program will mail you a sticker to slap on your recycling bin. The bin will be scanned on every collection day, recording how much you and your neighbors have recycled. The more you recycle, the more points you accrue–points that can be redeemed for gift cards, magazine subscriptions, and awesome coupons. In other words, you’d be crazy not to sign up.