Reading Trash Schedule 2023 (Bulk Pickup, Holidays, Map)

We’re here to help you find the Reading trash pickup schedule for 2023 including bulk pickup, recycling, holidays, and maps.

The City of Reading is in Pennsylvania with Millcreek to the west, Wilmington and Philadelphia to the southeast, Lancaster to the southwest, and Allentown to the northeast.

If there’s a change to your normal trash collection schedule then there’s a good chance your street sweeping schedule has changed too so make sure to check for updates.

Reading Trash Collection Calendar 2023

For normal trash collections schedules, visit

Trash Pick Up Holidays

Here you can see the city-observed holidays.

  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day

When the holiday falls on a weekday, collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.

Reading Trash Collection Map

Reading Trash Pickup Schedule

Bulk Waste Pickup Calendar 2023

To find your bulk item pickup schedule visit: to find the collection day for your bulk waste.

One (1) bulk item per week may be left at curbside with your trash pickup.

Acceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • Couch, sofa bed, chair, table, buffet, bed, dresser, etc.
  • Box spring/mattress
  • Floor/table lamps, framed picture/mirror
  • Home office furniture
  • Children’s crib, change table, playpen, stroller, car seat, etc.
  • Children’s bulky outdoor plastic toys (riding toy, playhouse, etc.)
  • Wood pallet

Unacceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • hazardous waste
  • no refrigerators, air conditioners, or other items containing freon will be accepted unless they are tagged with a certified technician’s still stating they have been professionally emptied of freon.
  • excessively large or heavy items

Have bulky items the city won’t pick up? You need a junk removal service.

If you have large items that the city won’t take from you, you may need to hire a junk removal service.

Junk removal services are not be as picky about the items they’re collecting so if the city won’t take the item, this may be your best bet. There’s usually a fee involved with junk removal but most companies can tell you ahead of time approximately what it’s going to cost.

There are a number of junk removal services in Reading and I’m sure many of them will be able to help you out.

Recycling Collection Calendar 2023

Here’s the link to the recycling collection calendar:

Frequently Asked Questions

When is bulk pickup in Reading?

To find your bulky item pickup in your area visit:

What day is trash pickup?

To find trash pickup on your street visit:

What time does trash collection start?

Trash collection starts at 6 a.m. Make sure to have your bins on the curb by then.

Trash and recycling may be placed at the curb for collection after 5 pm the day before collection, bins must be removed from curb after collection.

How can I contact the Reading Public Works Department?

Phone: 1-877-727-3234 
Email: [email protected]

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