PLEASE REMEMBER, collection time for refuse and recycling is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of collection. Borough Ordinance requires that all containers and receptacles shall be placed at the edge of each property (curbside) no more than 12 hours prior to collection and REMOVED within 12 hours after the material has been picked up. All households shall provide containers or plastic bags no less than 10 gallons and no more than 32 gallons, not to exceed 35 pounds. Only Borough residents may deposit garbage that is to be collected. It is unlawful for any nonresidents to bring any material into the Borough. No earth or other material used for construction or remodeling shall be collected. This material is to be disposed of by the contractor or homeowner. (
Collected starting April 1 through October 31. Place waste (garden residue, shrubbery, hedge trimmings, plant debris, weeds, etc...) in an open container marked “Yard Waste”. Pickup varies with your zone. South Side, yard waste is picked up on the second collection of the week (Friday) and North Side on the second collection of the week (Thursday). Remember, tree trimmings must be cut in lengths and bundled. Large branches and stumps are not picked up.
The City of Bethlehem composting center will accept other yard waste (with the exception of grass, sod, tree stumps, and hay). An annual fee of $15 must be paid to the Borough (at Borough Hall) in order to be able to use the Bethlehem composting center.
The Bethlehem composting center offers free wood mulch and leaf compost to anyone who has paid to use their facility. The center also accepts paper yard waste bags (plastic bags not allowed). Paper yard waste bags may be purchased at Borough Hall for $0.50 each or at any home improvement store. If you have any questions, contact Jason Quarry at 610-867-8777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Composting material is available to borough residents only. The composting site is located in the 1400 block of Jeter Avenue. Bring your own containers and help yourself. Please remember that the site is not supervised and the Borough discourages any dumping of leaves or other yard waste. Call the PW Department at 610-867-8777 to discuss any additional disposal of yard waste and leaves after the collection season ends. Remember YARD WASTE is collected on the last pickup of the week in your zone (South Side - Friday, North Side - Thursday) starting April 1 and ending October 31.
Beginning in January, 2013, the Borough of Fountain Hill Public Works Department will start picking up tree limbs throughout the Borough. Collection of limbs will be on the first Monday of every month and must adhere to the following restrictions:
- Limbs may not be longer than 8 feet
- Limbs may not be more the 6” in diameter
- Limbs must be at the curb, we will not go into yards for them
- No tree stumps will be picked up
Household Hazard Waste-County Collection Program
If residents require the disposal of household hazardous waste, those seemingly ordinary products that are used in every day projects around the home, like paints, pool chemicals and drain cleaners, they are encouraged to contact the County of Lehigh, Office of Solid Waste Management at 610-799-4177. Pre-registration is required for dates and locations. Acceptable household waste is paints (oil based), flammable liquids (gasoline, varnish, solvents, gas/oil mixtures), wood & metal finishing products, deck stain, water sealers, household cleaning agents, solid pesticides, fertilizers, alkaline batteries, fluorescent light tubes. Unacceptable waste includes medical waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, ammunition of any kind, and explosives of any kind. Waste such as motor oil, propane cylinders, car batteries, and antifreeze will be accepted at other locations.
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST PRE-REGISTER BY CALLING LEHIGH COUNTY SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING AT 610-799-4177 ext. 229, or visit the County at www.lehighcounty.org