Here are some upcoming local trash and recycling events. For more information about trash and recycling in Lower Merion and Narberth, check out this post that we try to keep as updated as possible.
Narberth residents have their annual Spring Cleanup from June 6-10.
Narberth Spring Cleanup
It’s almost time for Spring Cleanup Week - otherwise known as Junk Week. Spring Clean Up Week is June 6-10. This is the week that the Borough collects items which are not normally removed by the garbage men. Items that are NOT collected include building materials, hazardous waste, like paint and pesticides, appliances, and lawn & garden waste.
Put all your stuff out on the curb on Sunday, June 5. Some people will have yard sales that weekend (June 4-5) to try to sell items before they hit the curb pile. If you have furniture to donate, see below for how you can leave it out (and tag it) for the Philadelphia Furniture Bank. The Borough schedule of target dates for pickup is above, but the volume of stuff affects and can change the schedule. Unless you're certain, it's best to just put everything out on Sunday.
Browsing through your neighbor's curb pile is quite OK - nobody will mind as look as you leave the area looking as good as when you got there. (In other words, don't make a mess.) People from neighboring towns may also cruise down the street, looking for things to reuse or recycle. It's important to make sure you don't leave bikes or other items near the curb that week, just so there are no misunderstandings as to what is or isn't free for the taking.
Note for LM residents: Lower Merion residents don't have the same Spring Cleanup Week that Narberth has. LM holds a number of free dump cleanup weekends each year. Two were already held this Spring. There is one more, on Saturday, October 1st & Sunday, October 2nd from 9am – 4pm
For more information about trash and recycling in Lower Merion and Narberth, check out this post that we try to keep as updated as possible.
Ready to do some Spring Cleaning? Both Narberth and Lower Merion have special opportunities for disposing of your extra stuff! Keep reading for details on both.
Before you throw it away, always try to re-use and recycle whenever possible. See details below on the NCA's Pop-Up Recycling, April 18-24. More ideas here.
Lower Merion Clean Up Weekends
Free Disposal Of Refuse And Recyclables at:
Lower Merion Public Works Complex
1300 N Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley
610-667-1952 or 610-667-1953
Saturday, April 10th & Sunday, April 11th from 9am – 4pm
Saturday, April 24th & Sunday, April 25th from 9am – 4pm
Saturday, October 9th & Sunday, October 10th from 9am – 4pm
Note: Until Further Notice: Masks and Social Distancing will be required to enter the Transfer Station. Staff will not be available to unload items in order to adhere to distancing requirements and for the safety of our residents and staff.
Dispose of your unwanted refuse and recyclables — household appliances, textiles, plastic, glass, newsprint, and plain old trash — without charge!
Proof of residency is required (such as a driver's license).
Recyclable material must be separated from other household trash.
No hazardous waste. You can drop off hazardous waste, like fuel, pesticides, and oil-based paint on specific collection days throughout the year at different Montco locations.
Hazardous Waste disposal details here.
Also at the Transfer Station: Take advantage of the Township's recycling drop-off center. Recycle mixed paper, textiles and commingled items.
Several non-profit organizations will have representatives on hand to collect, bicycles, furniture, clothing and more:
- Harmonious Volunteer Center (furniture, toys, clothing)
- Neighborhood Bike Works (bicycles)
Official LM Cleanup Weekend website here.
Narberth's 2021 Spring Cleanup Week - June 7-11
Also known as "Junk Week", this is the week the Borough schedules extra trash pickups, so residents can put out any large items, extra trash, or clutter. See the map for the collection schedule, and review the list of restrictions below.
Items that are NOT collected include:
- building materials
- hazardous waste, like paint and pesticides (learn more)
- electronics (learn more)
- lawn & garden waste (collected on Wednesdays)
Regular trash routes will remain the same during this week.
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unofficial Instruction manual for Narberth’s Junk Week:
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle!
The Narberth Civic Association celebrates Earth Week 2021, April 18-24, with earth-friendly activities like Pop-up recycling. See more at the Civic's website.
Used Books? Local Girl Scout Troop 7886 is collecting books for students in a Philadelphia school.
Narberth Borough and Lower Merion have different schedules and systems for trash and recycling collection, and they both participate in special recycling and drop-off events throughout the year. We have compiled info, schedules, and links for both municipalities below.
Narberth Trash and Recycling
General Narberth trash and recycling info is here. Call Republic Services at 610-265-6337 if you have a question or a missed pickup.
Guide created by, and courtesy of, the Narberth Civic Association, and the Narberth Environmental Advisory Council. These organizations have also published the following reminder postcard you can hang in your kitchen as a reference. Need a copy? Email the Civic.
Lower Merion Trash and Recycling
Lower Merion’s Public Works Department has its own Refuse and Recycling Division.
"Free Dump" Clean-Up Weekends for Lower Merion Residents
Scheduled throughout the year. Dispose of your unwanted refuse and recyclables — household appliances, textiles, plastic, glass, newsprint, and plain old trash — without charge! Proof of LM residency is required (such as a driver's license). Recyclable material must be separated from other household trash. Details here
Spring Cleanup Week in Narberth
Also known as "Junk Week", this is the week the Borough schedules extra home trash pickups, so Borough residents can put out any large items, extra trash, and clutter. In 2022, Spring Cleanup Weeks is June 6-10. Here are the 2022 details about the Spring Cleanup Week collection schedule and the list of restrictions. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com. (Section will be updated with new info in 2023)
Both LM and Narberth residents can drop off household hazardous waste (not commercial or construction waste) at drop-off events scheduled throughout the year.
Oil-based paint is considered hazardous waste, and should be dropped off at hazardous waste events described above.
Latex paint should be dried out and discarded with the regular trash. See how to dry out latex paint cans here.
In addition to periodic local e-cycle events, both LM and Narberth residents can arrange for at-home pickup with the Retrievr app. Retrievr does household pickups of clothes and small electronics. Retriever will take just about any clean and dry textile or fabric in your home, and most electronic devices or accessories. Please note that they do not take household appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, toasters, vacuums, hair dryers and the like.
In addition to the Retrievr App home pickup of clothing (previous paragraph), you can also donate clothing to these Goodwill drop-off locations or to the GreenDrop Narberth location.
Some grocery stores have plastic bag recycling bins, including Giant in Wynnewood. This website has a list of plastic bag recycling locations. Plastic bags do not get recycled curbside, and other recyclables should NOT be bagged.
There are a few document shredding events every year. Here is a link that compiles Montgomery County shredding opportunities.
Christmas Tree Pickup
Narberth residents can put their Christmas trees on the curb on Tuesdays nights in January. They will be collected with the regular Wednesday brush pickups in January. All ornaments, stands and other decorations must be removed.
Lower Merion will begin the collection of trees (which must be placed curbside) during the first two weeks in January on the regular refuse collection day. Residents may also dispose of Christmas trees at the Public Works Complex located at 1300 N Woodbine Avenue in Penn Valley., Monday through Friday 8am-3pm and Saturday 9am-2:30pm. All ornaments, stands and other decorations must be removed.