Trash | Refuse Information

The Basic Information

Household trash must be placed in a plastic or metal trash can with a lid and handles or in a securely tied trash bag. (Maximum can & bag size: 32 gallons and 40 pounds) Oversized “contractor” trash bags, large totes, small grocery bags, cardboard boxes, baskets and like containers should not be used for household trash.

Regular curbside customers are NOT permitted to use large “tote” style trash cans or “contractor” size trash bags that exceed 32 gallons. 55-Gallon drums and other similar non-authorized containers, some with homemade handles cut into the sides, pose a risk of hand and back injuries to refuse collectors. Therefore, drums and other miscellaneous containers that are not sold specifically for trash storage, could be disposed of as illegally placed trash and no refunds will be given.


The Refuse fee(s) is included on the sewer bill issued every month. For residential, the refuse charge is based on the number of dwelling units in the property and covers costs related to curbside collection of trash, recycling, yard waste and scheduled large items. Revenue generated from the refuse charge also helps to cover cost associated with street sweeping and snow removal throughout the City.

  • For information or questions concerning your sewer and refuse invoice please call (717) 849-2268.
  • One residential unit is currently charged $26.85 per month.
  • One commercial unit is charged $53.70 per month.
  • The minimum administrative fee for refuse is $8.25 per month.
  • To find out what the curbside collection days are for your property, call 717-843-1240 (Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Refuse Contract with Republic Services, dba York Waste Disposal
Republic Services (dba York Waste Disposal) is our contracted hauler for curbside collections since May 1, 2013 and continuing through April 30, 2021.

Common Questions

  • Holiday Schedule for Curbside Collections

    When a holiday falls on A WEEKEND, (Saturday or Sunday), there will be NO CHANGE to collections.

    When a holiday falls on ANY WEEKDAY, (Monday thru Friday), ALL collections city-wide that fall ON or AFTER the holiday will be delayed by (1) day, beginning with the holiday and continuing throughout the remainder of the affected week.


    ALL collections Monday-Friday are delayed by (1) day

    ALL collections Tuesday-Friday are delayed by (1) day
    (Monday collections are not affected)

    ALL collections Thursday-Friday are delayed by (1) day
    (Monday-Tuesday collections are not affected)

    ALL collections Thursday-Friday are delayed by (1) day
    (Monday-Tuesday collections are not affected)

    ALL collections Friday only are delayed by (1) day
    (Monday-Thursday collections are not affected)

    NO CHANGE (Collection schedules are not affected.)

    The City’s Refuse Hauler Observes 6 Major Holidays

    • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
    • Memorial Day (May)
    • Independence Day (July 4th)
    • Labor Day (September)
    • Thanksgiving (November)
    • Christmas Day (December 25th)
  • Recycle Every Week

    For Missed Collections, Call The City Of York At 843-1240 or 849-2245.

    Recycling Instructions:

    Place recycling containers at the designated pick-up point before 6:00 AM on your first collection day.

    Place paper items, mixed in a paper bag or tied in a bundle (with twine) and set beside or on top of your recycling container.

    Rinse and place all (plastic, glass and metal) cans and bottles together in your recycling container.

    Be sure to place heavier items on top of paper board items, so they don’t blow away.

    Please do not place any items in plastic bags for recycling collection.

    Recycling containers may be purchased for $3.00 each. (Limit 1)

    Recycling containers may be purchased at the Public Works office, located at 101 South George Street, York, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Accepted forms of payment – cash or check ONLY. Credit or debit cards will not be accepted. (Must show proof of customer status or residency, such as a driver’s license or sewer bill.)

  • Get Rid of Large Items

    Household items that do not fit into the weight and size limits for regular trash must be scheduled for “Large-Item” collection. York City refuse customers may schedule up to (5) five household furniture, appliances and other bulky items each week, as needed, year-round. Large-item collections are part of the regular curbside service and there is no additional fee to schedule a large-item collection. However, all items must be scheduled in advance. NOTE: Not all items can be scheduled for collection. Some items must be handled privately by the customer. (A few examples that must be handled privately include: TVs, anything related to a computer, pianos, organs, pool tables, vehicle parts, rocks/stones/bricks/dirt, etc)

    Large-item Line: Schedule A Week in Advance
    Phone: 717-843-1240
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    To receive collection sometime next week, call by this Wednesday afternoon to schedule.

    Do not place items for collection until after 5 p.m. the evening prior to the scheduled date. Items must be at the designated pick-up point by 6 a.m. on the day of scheduled collection.

    NO TVs, Computers or items that plug into computer (i.e. monitor, keyboard, mouse, modem, etc)
    A PA law went into effect 1/24/13 which bans these items from collection/disposal. Customers must deliver them to an Electronic (E-Cycle) Program.
    Nearby Electronic Recycling Program: Provided through *York County Solid Waste Authority – York County RESIDENTS Only

    Bring electronics to the Authority’s FREE RESIDENTIAL electronics recycling program EVERY Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the collection site located on Black Bridge Road in the parking area directly across the street from the York County Resource Recovery Center located at 2651 Black Bridge Road.  (New hours effective 11/8/16)

    Phone 717-845-1066

  • Christmas Tree Collection

    York City staff perform special curbside Christmas Tree collections generally during the first two weeks of January each year. Please remove all foreign objects (plastic bags, lights, ornaments). Place tree at your designated collection point prior to 6:00 AM on your collection day during this period of time. After the first two weeks in January, the curbside hauler will collect any remaining Christmas trees as regular trash. Each tree replaces a bag/can of trash in the normal bag limit.

    Questions? Please contact York City, Public Works Department at 849-2245

  • Refuse Districts & Areas

    In York City, there are two refuse districts.  The first collection area is Monday/Thursday and the second area is Tuesday/Friday.

    RECYCLING and YARD WASTE are collected MONDAYS in the Monday/Thursday area and TUESDAYS in the Tuesday/Friday area.

    The City is generally divided in half along Market Street. The North half, including both sides of Market Street, is the Monday/Thursday refuse district; the South half is the Tuesday/Friday refuse district.

    The order in which collection routes are run may vary at any time and customers are reminded that collections may be earlier or later than they are generally accustomed to.

    Crews will not return for items that were not placed out on time.

    To ensure collections, customers are reminded to place ALL items at the designated spot by 6 a.m. on their designated collection days. Items that are placed out late, after crews have already gone through, must be held until the next regularly scheduled collection day.  Each property has only ONE designated collection point.

    Collections begin as early as 6 a.m. and may continue as late as 9 p.m. Customers may call York City’s Public Works office at 843-1240 or at 849-2245 the following day to report a missed collection.

  • Disposing of Cardboard, Tires, Paint & More

    Motor oil
    Outlets for used motor oil are ever changing. Contact the York County Solid Waste & Refuse Auth. at 845-1066 or at for the most up-to-date listing of facilities throughout the county that accept used motor oil.

    ALL City customers, both residential and commercial/institutional, must empty, flatten and bundle cardboard boxes with twine or place flattened boxes inside another cardboard box or recycling container. (Maximum bundle size: 3′ x 3′ and 40 pounds). Place cardboard out for collection, along with your recycling container, only on your first collection day each week.

    Note: Boxes from tissues, cereal and other foods, snack bars, shoes, toys and similar products like paper towel and toilet tissue rolls are considered paperboard/chipboard and should be emptied, flattened and recycled too. Place these items comingled with other recyclables in your recycling container and set out for collection only on your first collection day each week.

    Small quantities of building lumber may be placed for regular trash collection. The wood must be cut down and securely bundled. (Maximum bundle size: 3′ long and 40 pounds) Each bundle of lumber replaces a bag of trash.

    Paint Products
    Seal containers of paint and paint products and place, in small quantities, with regular trash in securely tied trash bags. Do not place open containers of liquid separately for collection and do not place loose in trash cans with no tied trash bag. For trash bags containing cans of wet paint, it is a recommended that you surround the cans with crumbled newspapers to help absorb wet paint when the container is compacted in the collection vehicle.

    Customers may place up to 2 passenger tires, off the rim, for regular trash collection. Each tire replaces a bag of trash and counts toward the overall bag limit. However, tires on the rim must be scheduled for large-item collection.

    Call the large-item line at 717-843-1240 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday to schedule in advance. Do not place items for collection until after 5 p.m. the evening prior to the scheduled date. Items must be at the designated pick-up point no later than 6 a.m. on the day of scheduled collection.

  • How to Manage Residential Waste

    A reference tool for discarding items.

    Produced by the York County Solid Waste Authority.

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