As a service to its residents and property owners, Allen Township contracts with a private garbage hauler to provide regular (weekly under the current contract) curbside garbage/ recycling collection. The current contractor for the Township is Advanced Disposal with a contract term of August 1, 2019 to June 2022.
Pursuant to the contract, weekly curbside collection is limited to three 32-gallon bags or containers with a weight of no more than 50 pounds each. If you are using larger sized trash container (such as a wheeled trash cart) at the curb, please be sure to limit the content to the three 32-bag limit. Please place your trash and recycling at the curb by 6 PM each Wednesday for collection on Thursday. All dates including the trash haulers holidays, when trash collection occurs on Friday, bulk collection, white goods/metal collection and the Electronics Collection Events dates are stated on the calendar provided below.
Contact the township offices & purchase a sticker for $3 each, affix the tag to your extra 32-gallon trash bag, and place your bag curbside on your next collection day. There is no limit on the number of bags you may have collected in this manner.
Residents will continue to utilize the red recycling containers, which are available at the Township building. Recycling collection will continue on the existing bi-weekly schedule. While recycling amounts remain unlimited, the most important goal is to avoid contamination of valuable, clean recyclable materials in your recycling bins by not mixing these materials with un-recyclable junk – which include plastic bags, plastic wrap, straws and bottle caps. Please refer to the Advanced Disposal (Allen Township) webpage for further information the curbside collection of your recyclables at
Advanced Disposal Allen Township Collection Guidelines
Each residence can put out two (2) bulk items on the second full week of each month along with the regularly scheduled collection during these weeks. Bulk items include those items too large to fit into normal garbage cans and are further defined as items having the approximate size & weight of a standard size sofa that can be carried by two (2) men. Examples include furniture, mattresses, rolled up and tied rugs no larger than 3’x6’. Due to a growing problem with bed bugs, all mattresses and box springs must be wrapped with plastic before placement at the curb for collection. Unacceptable materials that will not be collected include construction materials, hazardous waste, electronics, tires, yard waste, grass clippings or additional household trash. For 2021, the Special Bulk Curbside collections will be accepted on:
February 18, June 17, October 14
March 18, July 15, November 18
April 15, August 12, December 16
May 13, September 16
Can’t wait for the next bulk item collection? Contact the township offices and purchase a tag for $25 each. Affix the tag to your bulk item and put it out curbside on your next collection day. No limit on the number of items you can have collected in this manner, but if it is more than two (2), you will need to contact Advanced Disposal at 1-800-710-1333 so the hauler can plan accordingly
Appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers (removal of doors and Freon), washers, dryers, hot water heaters, dehumidifiers, bicycles, and lawnmowers (oil and gas removed), BBQ grills (gas and/or charcoal removed), and various other household metal items will be accepted twice (Spring and Fall) per on the dates listed below. Electronics are not included in the White/Metal Goods curbside collection dates. The Allen Township Electronic Recycling Event (for Township residents only) has been scheduled for May 8th, 2021 and September 11th, 2021 from 9AM to 1PM at the Allen Township Fire Company Building.
* May 13, 2021 (Spring Collection) * September 2, 2021 (Fall Collection)
If you are unsure if an item is categorized as White/Metal Goods, Bulk or Electronics give the Township Office or Advanced Disposal a call to discuss before you place the item at the curb.
Yard waste is no longer allowed in landfills in the State of Pennsylvania. Unlimited amounts of yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, flowers, roots, bushes, garden clippings) may be brought to the Allen Township Municipal Drop Off during the hours listed below. Proof of residency will be required for yard waste. For the Allen Township Yard Waste Drop Off hours:
* Monday through Friday (with the exception of Township holidays) 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
* Saturday Hours: April 17th, 2021 to October 30th, 2021 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
When dropping off your yard waste materials the following rules apply: Compostable brown paper bags available at certain grocery stores or online. Tie with cotton or hemp twine in bundles no larger than 3’x3’x3’, and weighing no more than 40 lbs.
** ITEMS WHICH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE ALLEN TOWNSHIP YARD WASTE DROP OFF SITE INCLUDE: Grass clippings, tree stumps, loose soils, sod, any wood or tree limbs over four (4) inches in diameter; human or animal excrement; noxious weeds or soil contaminated with hazardous substances
Additionally, Allen Township residents may utilize The First Regional Compost Authority Central Processing Site located at 6701 Weaversville Road. The Authority accepts the same Yard Waste as listed above as well as grass clippings. However, the Authority reserves the right to limit the amount of grass clippings accepted due to PADEP regulatory permit compliance. Allen Township recommends residents opt to recycle grass clippings on their properties as an alternate measure to bagging of grass clippings with the use of a mulching mower.
The Township Municipal Garage accepts used motor oil during our normal business hours. Please supply proof of residency to the Administrative Staff prior to proceeding to leave your used oil containers. This drop off site is for used motor oil ONLY.
Beginning January 24, 2013, a disposal ban on covered devices went into effect in Pennsylvania. From this point forward, no person may dispose of a covered device, or any of its components, with their municipal solid waste. These items are required to either be to be transferred to certified electronics recycling facilities (if the item is intact). If the item has been physically broken and the original components are not intact the item must be treated as Hazardous Waste.
Covered devices include: desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions.The Township and Northampton County periodically schedules drop off events for acceptance of Electronic Items for recycling.
www.earth911.com will help you locate a recycling center near you for items not taken curbside by the trash and recycling hauler.
www.aerc.com- AERC Recycling Solutions in Allentown PA 610-797-7608 will also take various items. Please contact them for pricing. There will be a cost to you for disposal.