According to City Ordinance #3821, Article 933.04, all residents of the City of Bethlehem are required to recycle.


What to recycle at the curb IN YOUR GREEN CONTAINER:

  • Cans: Aluminum, tin, steel, bimetallic and aerosol cans; formed aluminum containers (such as pie pans). No toxic or flammable materials. No paint cans.
  • Glass: Clear, green, and brown food and beverage jars and
    bottles with caps. No drinking glasses, window panes, light bulbs, mirrors, ceramic, china, or porcelain.
  • Plastic: Plastic bottles and containers labeled #1-7 (Soda, water, milk, juice, liquor, shampoo, detergent, condiments, salad dressing, yogurt, margarine) Please Crush. NO Styrofoam, plastic bags, film, or plastic toys. Plastics must be smaller than a 5-gallon container. Please remove caps and then recycle containers and caps.


How to recycle cans, glass, and plastics:

Rinse until clean and drain all cans, glass and plastics. Place recyclables in green container. Labels need not be removed. Caps, lids and rings are recyclable.

Crush cans and plastics or nest cans to save space. Do not crush glass bottles and jars.

Extra quantities of recyclables may be put out in any open, rigid, waterproof container that is of 30 gallon capacity or less **please mark container “RECYCLING”. No bags.

Place your container at your front curb the night before your scheduled pick-up day. Call the Recycling Bureau at 610-865-7082 to find out when your collection day is.


Please write your address on your container.
Additional containers are available at The Theis/Cornfeld
Recycling Center on Illick's Mill Road:
Green containers - $ 10.00/each
Blue containers/with lid - $12.00/each


What to recycle at the curb IN YOUR BLUE CONTAINER

PLEASE NOTE: All materials are to be placed in containers loose and covered with lids provided.

  • Newspapers – Including
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Shiny paper
  • Gift wrap – no foil wrap or bows
  • Mixed office paper -all colors
  • Non-shiny junk mail
  • Bond paper
  • Booklets, pamphlets
  • Calculator tape
  • Carbonless forms
  • Computer paper
  • Copier paper & wrappers
  • Shredded paper
  • Envelopes (with and w/o window)
  • Index cards
  • Ledger paper
  • Manila file folders (all
  • Post-its
  • Scratch paper (without
    cardboard backing)
  • Tabbed dividers
  • Writing tables (without cardboard backing)


NOTE: Do not put unshredded confidential papers on the curb! Take them to the Theis/Cornfeld Recycling Center for shredding.  Do not place books (hard or soft cover) in curbside recycling. They also are accepted at the recycling center.


How to recycle paper materials:
Place materials in your blue container loosely If you have excess cardboard that will not fit in container, please latten in bundles no larger than 2’ x 4’ and tie with string - No tape. No wax boxes.

Corrugated cardboard boxes– (has wavy center between two layers). Flatten and put in container loose. If there is too much to put in container, flatten in bundles no larger than 2’ X 4’ and tie with string. No tape. No wax boxes.

Flat board – Cereal boxes, tissue boxes, gift boxes, etc. (remove liner). Should be brown or gray on the inside when torn.


Note: If you live in an apartment you may have a different procedure. Check with your landlord or apartment manager

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