Welcome to the City of Philadelphia’s Commercial Solid Waste and Recycling Plan

As part of the Philadelphia Commercial Solid Waste and Recycling Regulations, all commercial properties receiving private or city waste collection must complete the Commercial Solid Waste and Recycling Plan, as required under Pennsylvania Act 101 and City Ordinance Section 10-717 and 10-724. Business owners and Property Managers are obligated under these regulations to implement a working recycling plan for the separation of appropriate materials generated within the property in question. The building operator or property manager that arranges for waste collection and removal services is responsible for completing the following tasks:

  1. Find your account number from the Office of Property Assessment (OPA #) website. Go to opa.phila.gov, click on the link called "Property Search" and follow the directions, using your property's address.
    (Note: The OPA# used to be called BRT#).
  2. Fill out a Recycling Plan on-line for each business location using the link at the bottom of this page. Click the Submit View and Print Your Plan button to ensure the completed Recycling Plan is registered with the Philadelphia Recycling Office. A completed version of the Plan will now be available onscreen.
  3. Print the plan out. If your computer system allows, you may also wish to print this plan as a PDF file. Post a copy of the completed Recycling Plan in a conspicuous location within the building in question. This certificate will have a City of Philadelphia Seal and should be posted with licenses and certifications required to operate the business. We also recommend keeping a copy of your Plan on file.
  4. Distribute the appropriate, pertinent recycling information included in the Recycling Plan to each employee/ tenant in the building at least once every six months apprising them of the recyclable materials and methods for collection used within the building. Communication and accurate information are the keys to success for recycling programs. Enforcement officers will check to make sure adequate communication is in evidence.
  5. Actively comply with the provisions in the Recycling Plan established for the building.

New Features

  1. Edit previously filed plans from "Edit Plan".
  2. View and print latest plans (using OPA#) from "View Plan".
  3. Email confirmation will now be sent to contacts listed on new Recycle Plan after update.
  4. FAQ

For further assistance please visit http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/com-bus-overview.aspx. Failure to comply with the above outlined requirements will result in a citation. The penalty for a violation of the regulations, including falsification of any required information, can mean a fine of up to five hundred (500) dollars. For further information please contact (215) 686-5444 or send an email to commercial.recycling@phila.gov.

Thank you for your efforts and your commitment to our city’s future.


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