Solid Waste

Solid Waste Collection Schedule

Municipal solid waste is collected by employees of the Borough of West Chester Department of Public Works. Municipal waste is collected one day per week in each of the four Borough quadrants. The quadrant schedule is as follows:

  • Monday in the northwest
  • Tuesday in the northeast
  • Wednesday in the southeast
  • Thursday in the southwest

View the Quadrant Map (PDF)

Refuse and recyclables must be placed at the curb or alley no later than 7 a.m. on the morning of collection and not earlier than 6 p.m. on the day preceding collection. Empty containers must be returned to the household by midnight of the collection day.

Observed Holidays

When a holiday falls on a normal collection day, Monday - Thursday, all trash and recycling collection routes will be delayed one day following that holiday. The Borough observes the following holidays for trash collection purposes:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Trash Can Specifications

  • No more than two (2) 35-gallon cans are permitted per each collection.
  • Cans shall weigh no more than 60 pounds each.
  • Cans shall have a tight fitting lid. Hinged lids are acceptable, but do not tie loose lids to your cans.
  • Cans shall be labeled with street address.
  • Uncontained trash will not be collected.

Disposal Bag Specifications

  • No more than four (4) Borough disposal bags will be picked up per collection.
  • Bags shall weigh no more than 40 pounds each.
  • Bags may be purchased at local retail outlets for $3.00 each.
  • All bags shall be closed and secured at the top. Opened bags will not be collected.
  • Improperly contained trash and non-Borough disposal bags will not be collected.
  • During the week, Borough disposal bags must be stored in extra trash cans. Disposal bags must be outside of a can and placed next to your two 35-gallon trash cans at the time of collection.

Bag Sale Locations

  • Municipal Building
    401 E. Gay St.
    West Chester, PA 19380
  • Public Works Department
    205 Lacey St.
    West Chester, PA 19382
  • West Goshen Acme
    903 Paoli Pike
    West Chester, PA 19380
  • Ace Hardware
    720 W. Strasburg Road
    West Chester, PA 19382
  • Market Street Hardware
    810 E. Market Street
    West Chester, PA 19382