Trash and Recycling

Purchase Trash Tags Online

Beginning January 1, 2023, the Pay As You Throw model is eliminated and Borough bags will no longer be used for trash collection. Each week, residents can leave out one bag or reusable container, with a content weight limit of up to 40 pounds. If a resident has more than 40 pounds of trash in a week, they can purchase tags to attach to additional bags. 

Residents will provide their own reusable containers and/or bags. According to the contract with Waste Connections, a container is defined as "one constructed of plastic, metal, or fiberglass, having handles of adequate strength for lifting, containing no more than 40 pounds of refuse*, and able to be easily handled by one person." The Borough recycling toters and bins cannot be used for trash. Waste Connections suggests using a 35-gallon toter or container. The photo below illustrates examples of acceptable and non-acceptable containers. 

*The 40-pound weight limit applies to the actual trash in the container and does not include the weight of the containers. 

examples of trash containers
You are not required to use a reusable container. Trash can also be placed curbside in a trash bag of your choosing, provided the bag is of sufficient durability.

Recycling will still be picked up weekly in the current designated bins and toters and residents can still leave out one bulk item per week. 

Under this new contract, Waste Connections charges the Borough $75/quarter per residence to pick up trash and recycling and $6.92 per additional tagged bag. Waste Connections' charges for services will be passed on to property owners effective January 1, 2023. The flat fee of $75/quarter will be added to a resident/property owner's utility bill, along with water, sewer, and stormwater.

Trash Tags: If a resident has more than 40 pounds of trash in a week, they can purchase tags to attach to additional bags. Tags cost $6.92 each and are available at Borough Hall, the Stuart Community Center, and online ordering. You can also order them over the phone at 717-249-4422. 

Please report a missed collection by contacting us at 717-240-6930, or by using the Report an Issue button at the top of the page.

Recycling is picked up the same day that your trash is picked up. Recyclables must be in your designated bin or toter. 
Recycling Bin and Toter

Carlisle Borough residents who live in apartments with three units or less or who live in single or two-family dwellings must utilize the Borough's trash system. Owners of multi-family dwellings with four or more units must contract with a commercial hauler.

Bag/Tag Buyback

Orange Borough bags and trash tags expire on 12/31/22. Beginning December 12, the Borough will buy back any bags or tags that residents are not expecting to use. Buyback will only occur at Borough Hall. Look for special evening buyback hours throughout the first quarter of 2023.


Trash collection will be ONE day late when your collection day falls on one of the following holidays:  Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Year's Day (2024)>

Bulk Item Pick-Up
Residents can place one bulk item out for collection each week.

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, wood, commercial/industrial waste, household hazards waste, paint, pesticides, solvents/chemicals, liquids, petroleum products, batteries, items too heavy for two people to lift (i.e. riding lawn mowers, pianos, etc.).

**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. The Compost Facility is currently open and operating under the Spring/Summer hours.

The above information is for Borough residents.
Trash collection information for commercial, institutional, and municipal establishments.

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