Recycling is the law in Philadelphia. The city has a great website that talks about the how and why of recycling in Philadelphia: http://recyclingpays.phila.gov. Check it out!
The city picks up recycling curbside every other week. Here’s how to find out when to put your recycling out:
3) On recycling day, put your recycling (glass, cans aluminum and paper) outside, next to your trash, for pick up.
At this point the city does not pick up plastics curbside. There are several groups around the city which have organized bi-weekly drop off locations for plastics, as well as other household recyclables. See http://www.phila.gov/streets/recyling_partnership.html for more information about drop off locations.
A recent study by city officials showed that increasing recycling rates in Philadelphia could save the city’s taxpayers more than $17 million.