Trash and Recycling

Bella Vista trash/recycling pick-up day is typically every Thursday. However, trash/recycling pick-up shifts a day later from Thursday to Friday for Bella Vista if a major 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 so as not to fall apart or be scattered by wind, vandals or animals.

Also, do not put plastic bags in with your other recycling. They damage equipment costly to replace. You can recycle bags at grocery stores. All such stores in the neighborhood have bins for recycling plastic bags.

Philadelphia offers single-stream recycling.  Please inquire about a city-provided bin with BVNA or Palumbo Rec, or pick up your own lidded container at a nearby hardware store such as 10th Street Hardware or Cohen’s.

To confirm your trash and recycling pick up schedule, visit the CityMaps website:

  • Go to
  • Enter your address and click “Search Address”
  • Your collection day will be shown next to “Trash Pickup Day”
  • For more information click “Sanitation, Recycling, and Block Information” under the map on the right.


Comprehensive information concerning city sanitation services and rules can be found here.


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.