Trash & Recycling
This page and the related links will provide you with detailed interactive information regarding Muhlenberg Township’s residential and commercial trash and recycling program.
The Berks County Solid Waste Authority has canceled our fall paper shredding event, due to COVID 19. Information about alternatives for residents can be found online at https://www.co.berks.pa.us/dept/swa/Pages/default.aspx and will continue to updated as additional information becomes available.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection:
Household Hazardous Waste collection is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th. These events will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, each day. Registration for these events is mandatory. To register for collections: https://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/SWA/Documents/Hazardous%20Waste/Register%20for%20events.pdf
Covid-19 Plastic Film Recycling
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we urge you to recycle your plastic bags, wraps, and other film packaging at drop-off locations ONLY WHEN AND WHERE POSSIBLE. For more information: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/
Trash & Recycling Basics
Trash & Recycling are collected once a week. Addresses west of Rt. 61 are collected on Thursday and East of Rt. 61 are collected on Friday.
Trash collection is billed twice a year - 1st in January and the 2nd bill in July.
Collection begins at 6 am so place no more than 8 containers of trash, your one bulk item and your recycling container at the street’s edge anytime after 6 pm the night before your scheduled pick-up. All trash must be in plastic or metal containers (sorry, no 55 gallon drums permitted) or plastic trash bags. Please don’t use small containers such as boxes or grocery bags for trash because they allow trash to blow around causing litter - help keep the Township clean!
You may place one item a week of bulk on your collection day. Acceptable items include: sofas, desks, chairs, tables, mattress & box springs [PLEASE NOTE: MATTRESSES & BOX SPRINGS MUST BE WRAPPED IN PLASTIC FOR DISPOSAL], dishwasher, hot water heater, washer, dryer, tree limbs larger than 3" in diameter but not longer than 36" and similar items provided two (2) people can lift the item into the back of the trash truck. Items containing freon, such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners or dehumidifiers must have the freon removed prior to collection and must display a sticker on the appliance from a certified technician stating that the appliance is freon free.
Replacement Recycling Bins
Replacement bins with lids can be purchased at the Township Municipal Building M-F, 8am-4:30pm for $20.
For online trash payments, visit our online payment portal.
What Goes Where?!
Berks County Solid Waste Authority
The mission of the Berks County Solid Waste Authority is to manage solid waste and recyclable materials in an environmentally safe, reliable and efficient manner. Hazardous materials, paper shredding, electronic recycling and more are all handled via this County department. Visit their website for details on their various programs.
If you are or turn 65 years of age during this calendar year you are entitled to a $40 discount for the year provided you complete a one-time application for the discount. Visit the Senior Citizen Trash discount page for more information.
J.P. Mascaro is asking that Township residents put ALL items of trash into proper trash bags instead of accumulating loose trash into garbage cans. This is a safety step we can all adjust to and adds another layer of protection from germs and viruses. Thank you for your cooperation.