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Contact: Matt Maisel, Director of Communications
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(717) 255-7295

HARRISBURG — With temperatures expected above 90 degrees throughout most of the week, City of Harrisburg Public Works will begin trash and recycling collection at 4 a.m. the week of September 5-9.

The early pick-up will allow sanitation workers to finish covering their daily zone by mid-to-late morning, before the hottest times of the day, says Public Works Director Dave West.

“Any time we expect the temperatures to get above 90 degrees, we are going to send our team out early so they can finish before it gets too hot,” West said.

Sanitation pickups will run Tuesday to Saturday this week due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday pushing regular pickups back one day.


All of the residential trash and recycling in Harrisburg is collected by employees of the City’s Department of Public Works. Every resident is serviced once a week; the city is divided into five zones, one for each day of the week. We invite you to visit Recycle Coach where you can find your collection schedule by entering your address.

Every customer is to use the standard trash and recycling containers provided by the City. All containers are to be placed at the appointed collection location the evening before the assigned day of collection. If you have questions about waste containers or where they should be placed on collection day, or about your account, please call 717-412-4320.

Each household is entitled to dispose of one bulk item each week, such as a piece of furniture, a mattress, a bedspring, a role of carpeting, etc. Large appliances are not included in bulk items and are subject to a removal fee. Please direct questions regarding the disposal of large appliances to the Department of Public Works. Please do not pile bulk items in front of your property. Only one will be collected each week; all others are subject to a fine.