Storm cleanup underway in Allentown

Posted: 5:14 PM EDT Oct 30, 2012

The City of Allentown provided the following storm cleanup  update on Tuesday afternoon:

In response to the tree and shrub damage caused by high winds from Hurricane Sandy, the City of Allentown Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste will open its Main Yard Waste Site at Fish Hatchery Road and Oxford Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 4. The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

The city will also reopen the former East Side location at N. Dauphin and American Parkway on Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1-6 p.m.

Both sites are open to City of Allentown residents only.

Residents may also place yard waste at the curb for collection on their recycling night. Residents should cut and tie yard waste branches into 4-foot bundles. Smaller yard waste may be placed in containers or paper yard waste bags. Tree branches or trunks bigger than 5” in diameter must be taken to a yard waste site.

Specifics on the city’s Yard Waste Program are available at the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste website at

Regular yard waste scheduled hours at the Oxford Drive and Fish Hatchery Road site are Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to dusk and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The site is open through Nov. 20.

City trash and recycling pick up for Tuesday night, October 30 has been canceled. Trash and recycling collection will resume Wednesday evening, October 31.

Residents with Thursday night and Friday night trash collection are allowed 10 bags of household trash this week only. Bulk items should be held until next Thursday and Friday, November 8 and November 9.

Monday and Tuesday recycling collections will resume next week.

City of Allentown street cleaning operations are suspended for the remainder of the week.