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Oversized Items and Dumping

The Streets Department does not accept metal oversized items or tires as part of curbside collection. Automotive tires and appliances, such as stoves, washing machines, refrigerators, hot water heaters, etc. should be taken away by a private hauler, or residents may bring these items (limit of two oversized items and four tires) to one of our Sanitation Convenience Centers

Residents may continue to set out compactable furniture, such as sofas for collection at curbside, up to two items per week. Mattresses and box springs must be bagged and sealed in plastic mattress bags when placed curbside. Items may be set out on your regular trash day. They do not have to be bagged if taken to one of our Sanitation Convenience Centers.

These photos are examples of approved mattress disposal bags. You can find mattress disposal bags at most major retailers and home improvement stores, such as Home Depot, Lowe's, Kmart,, etc.

Televisions and Computer Equipment

Televisions and computer equipment are not collected curbside. Residents may bring these items to a Sanitation Convenience Center or return them to local computer and electronic retailers.

Illegal Dumping is a Crime

  • Maximum fine of $10,000
  • Possible vehicle confiscation
  • Prison up to five years

You Can Stop It!

  • Get the license number and description of the truck or car
  • Call 215-685-9500 to report it
  • Contact your local Police District to request the Code Violation Notice (CVN) trained officer

HAVING A PROBLEM? Click Here to report the site of illegal dumping.

Dispose of your trash and construction debris legally.

There are legal sites in Philadelphia to recycle or dump your trash and construction debris. Please take your oversized items to Sanitation Convenience Centers or to a private facility. 

Oversized Trash & Construction Debris

Small contractors and individuals using pickup trucks may take trash to the following facilities to dispose of materials legally for a fee:

Republic Services Transfer 
& Recycling Center

Richard Burns, Co.



2904 S. Delaware Avenue
Cash Customers, 7am-3pm
Open 24hrs/7days


Bath and Orthodox Sts.
6:00am - 6:30pm, Monday-Friday
6:00am - 11:30am, Saturday


4300 Rising Sun Avenue
6:00am - 5:00pm, Monday-Friday
7:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday


58th and Woodland Avenue
6:00am - 3:00pm, Monday-Friday
6:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday


For additional information about recycling, check your Business-to-Business Yellow Pages for names of recyclers. You can also call 215-686-5560 for information on recycling other materials. The City of Philadelphia is providing this list only as a service and does not endorse any of the companies. If you know of other licensed facilities that should be included, please call us at 215-686-5560.