Trash and Recycling

Trash and Recycling

Trash/recycling pick-up day for most of Bella Vista is typically every Thursday.  However, trash/recycling pick-up shifts a day later from Thursday to Friday for Bella Vista if a city holiday occurs during that week.  Please, follow our newsletter or social media for updates!

NOTE: Do not put your trash out before 7pm the night before trash day, and make sure your trash, bags and cans are secure and bags are substantial and leak-proof, so as not to fall apart or be scattered by wind, vandals or animals.  Bags should be no larger than 32 gallons.

Hazardous waste

Toxic chemicals, acids, paint thinners, paint, bleach, and electronics should not be set out as trash.  Dry out paint buckets before placing in trash.  Look for hazardous and electronic waste recycling events to dispose of televisions, microwaves, and computers, schedule a pick up via Retrievr, or take to e force compliance at 31st & Greys Ferry Ave 

Recycling Guidelines

Philadelphia offers single-stream recycling.  Please inquire about a city-provided bin at your local sanitation convenience center (63rd & Passyunk), or purchase a lidded container at any nearby hardware store such as 10th Street Hardware or Cohen’s.

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Please do not use plastic or paper bags to set out recyclables, and do not place plastic bags into recycling bins altogether.   They damage sorting equipment, which is costly to replace.  Recyclables should only be set out in any color hard bin labeled RECYCLE.  (BVNA has these stickers at Palumbo Rec for your convenience).  Please flatten and compact any cardboard.



  • Cassette tapes (VHS and audio)
  • Disposable plates AND cups,
  • Garden hoses
  • Greasy or food-soiled paper or cardboard
  • Light bulbs
  • Needles and syringes
  • Plastic bags
  • Pots and pans
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Takeout containers
  • Tissues, paper towels, and napkins

You can recycle bags at grocery stores. All such stores in the neighborhood have bins for recycling plastic bags.   Please do not place these bags in recycling bins.


Effective January 1, 2009, the Philadelphia streets department no longer accepts white metal bulk items or tires as part of curbside collection. automotive tires and appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, hot water heaters, etc. will have to be disposed of through a private hauler. residents may continue to set out compactable furniture, such as sofas, mattresses, box springs, etc., for collection at curbside, up to two items per week.


Please note as of December 2013, mattresses must be completely wrapped in plastic when taken to the curb for trash pick-up.


The city no longer collects leaves curbside as yard waste.  Leaves can be dropped off at select locations on Saturdays each fall.  Look for this information in the BVNA newsletter.