City Sets Changes To Holiday Trash, Recycling Schedule

February 9, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — City officials have announced a significant change for this year’s garbage and recycling holiday collection schedule as detailed in the 2019 city calendar, which all residents should have received by now. The city is collecting more recyclables than in the past because of increased recycling efforts by residents, which has affected Department of Public Works employees’ ability to collect garbage and recycling — and yard waste in some months — for two collection areas at once, on a timely schedule, according to a news release. To make recycling pickup more efficient around holidays that fall on Mondays, recyclables will be picked up on the Saturday before the holiday, while garbage (and yard waste in May through November) will be picked up on the Tuesday after the holiday for the following city-observed holidays: President’s Day, Feb. 18; Memorial Day, May 27; Labor Day, Sept. 2; Columbus Day, Oct. 14; and Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Garbage and recycling (and yard waste in May through November) will be picked up on the Saturday after the holiday for the following city-observed holidays: Flag Day, June 14; Independence Day, July 4; Thanksgiving, Nov. 18, and the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29; Christmas Day, Dec. 25; and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. The mayor’s office noted delivery of the city calendars was slightly delayed due to last week’s inclement weather. Residents who have not yet received a calendar can call the Mayor’s Helpline at 570-821-1111 to request one. Calendars are also available in the tax office on the first floor of City Hall, 40 E. Market St. Residents can also view the calendar on the city’s website at www.wilkes-barre.city under the Calendar tab on the homepage. The city calendar runs from February 2019 to January 2020, as many meeting and event dates are decided on each January. The city was able to provide the calendars at no cost to taxpayers thanks to the following sponsors: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins & Toyota Sportsplex; McCarthy Tire Service; Northeast Cartage & Recycling Solutions; Martz Group; the Wilkes-Barre City Health Department; PNC Bank; and Citymark Federal Credit Union. — STEVE MOCARSKY

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