Department of Public Works

City of Wilkes-Barre

The Wilkes-Barre City Department of Public Works (DPW) has a wide array of responsibilities. On a daily basis, the DPW department is in charge of the curbside collection of co-mingled recycling, newspapers, cardboard, yard waste, and garbage; the patching of potholes; the placement of various road signs such as handicapped parking signs and one way signs; and the cleaning and grass cutting duties associated with the various City-owned parks and cemeteries. In addition, the DPW department paints driveway lines, fixes curbs and storm drains, and sweeps the streets.


Hours Of Operation

Operation hours for DPW are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents can drop of newspaper, cardboard and co-mingle recycling at the garage during normal operating hours.

Proof of residency must be shown in order to drop off these materials. To find out what items can be dropped off, please visit the “recycling” link below.

(570) 208-4240
(570) 208-4237
(570) 208-4245 (FAX)



Garbage Collection Information

All garbage is to be placed at the curb at 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled day. All garbage is to be placed in City of Wilkes-Barre blue plastic garbage bags. The garbage bags can be purchased at any convenient or grocery store located within the city.  Also regular street sweeping follows the same schedule and route as garbage collection. 

Garbage Collection Schedule:


Downtown, South Wilkes-Barre 1


North End, Heights, BrooksideWBCity.10.07.2015 052


Mayflower, Rolling Mill Hill, Iron Triangle, Goose Island


South Wilkes-Barre 2


East End, Parsons, Miners Mills

Holiday Collection Info

During a week of a city observed holiday collections are modified. Please refer to the city calendar for holiday pickup information.