Solid Waste and Recycling Information


Welcome to the Borough of Carlisle’s Solid Waste and Recycling Program. The Borough operates on a “Pay as You Throw” program. Recycling is free and you only pay for the trash your household generates. 

The system is pretty simple and inexpensive. You place your trash in Borough designated bags and it is picked up weekly. You can buy these bags at Borough Hall or at several area retailers. In 2018, the bags, produced by WasteZero, will cost $3.75 each. Each bag must weigh no more than 40 pounds once filled. Make sure it is tied at the top and then place it curbside no more than 24 hours before your designated pick-up day.

Recycling is picked up free of charge the same day that your trash is picked up. Recyclables must be in a separate recycling container. Heavy duty recycling containers can be purchased at Borough Hall for $9.

Carlisle Borough residents who live in apartments with three units or less or who live in single or two-family dwelling must dispose of their trash in the trash bags designated by the Borough. Owners of multi-family dwellings with more than three units must contact with a commercial hauler.


Trash collection will be ONE day late when your collection day falls on, or follows, one of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Bulk Item Pick-Up

Residents who participate in the Borough’s Pay as You Throw Program are eligible for one bulk item pick-up per week.

Bulk items must be placed curbside along with your designated green Borough trash bags and recyclables no more than 24 hours before your designated pick-up day.

Acceptable items include: Furniture, carpeting (carpets must be rolled, secured with string or tape and no longer than 6 feet long), mattresses, box springs, appliances or white goods provided two persons can lift the item into the back of the truck.
Please note: Items may not be longer than 6′ in length in order to fit into the truck without binding up the crusher.

Non-acceptable items include: Electronics, construction debris, tires, automobile parts, brick, block, blacktop, rocks, dirt, tree trunks, stumps or roots, commercial/industrial waste, household hazards waster, paint, pesticides, solvents/chemicals, liquids, petroleum products, batteries, items too heavy for two people to lift (i.e. riding lawn mowers, pianos, etc.) or an item which weighs less than 40 pounds and would fit into a Borough bag.

**Pick-up of appliances that use freon, such as refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners, must be scheduled in advance. Call 717-240-6930 to schedule a pick-up.**

Other Services

The Borough offers several other collection services for its residents. Leaves are collected for approximately six weeks in the fall. Brush is collected curbside once in the spring and once in the fall. Christmas trees are collected for two weeks in January. We will publish more information on these seasonal programs on our website and social media as the dates approach.

Compost Facility

The Borough of Carlisle operates a compost facility that is located off Post Road. This facility allows Borough residents to drop off leaves and brush throughout the year. This material is composted and ground up to create mulch for Borough residents to use in their flowerbeds, gardens, etc.

Please click here for more information about the Compost Facility, including its operating hours.

*The information on this page is for residents. For information regarding collection for commercial, institutional, or municipal establishments, please click here.