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Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city's past.

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2017 Recycling Schedule

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Christmas Tree Pickup Schedule

Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on the following schedule. The tree must be ornament and tinsel free.
The compost center will be open normal hours from Jan 2nd to Jan 31st.

Recycling Date Christmas Tree Pickup Date
January 16 January 23
January 17 January 24
January 18 January 25
January 19 January 26
January 20 January 27
January 23 January 16
January 24 January 17
January 25 January 18
January 26 January 19
January 27 January 20

2017 City Council Meeting Dates

January 3 January 17 February 7
February 21 March 7 March 21
April 4 April 18 May 2
May 17* June 6 June 20
July 5* July 18 August 1
August 15 September 5 September 19
October 3 October 17 November 8*
November 21 December 5 December 19

* Note: Wednesday, May 17 – Rescheduled from May 16 (Primary Election Day)

Wednesday, July 5 – Rescheduled from July 4 (Independence Day)

Wednesday, November 8 – Rescheduled from November 7 (General Election Day)

Each of the above meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, except for the meetings marked with an (*).

Each meeting will begin at 7:00PM.

Mayor Donchez's 2017 Budget Address


List of 2017 Mayor's Open Door Dates

  • January 9, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • March 13, 2017
  • April 10, 2017
  • May 8, 2017
  • June 12, 2017
  • July 10, 2017
  • August 14, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 13, 2017
  • December 11, 2017

Winter 2016/17 Yardwaste Facility Schedule


Close December 1st and remain closed for the month of December.
Open January 6th and remain open the month of January.

Close February 1st and remain closed for February and March.
Open April 1st Open for the season.

While compost center is open the hours are:
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 3 pm
Sunday: 10am – 2pm

Unauthorized Individuals Posing As City Utility Workers

From time to time the Water and Sewer Resources Department receives complaints from residents about individuals coming to their homes posing as City of Bethlehem employees. We are posting this advisory for the benefit of our customers.

Employees working for the City are required to carry photo identification cards. Residents should demand to see this card from anyone claiming to be from the Water and Sewer Resources Department. If the person cannot produce a City ID, the resident should ask them to leave and report the incident to the police.

Water and Sewer Resources Department employees drive city-owned vehicles while on duty. These vehicles have prominent city lettering, logos, and vehicle numbers. Residents should be suspicious if anyone claiming to be from the Water and Sewer Resources Department does not have a city vehicle.

It is unusual for Water and Sewer Resources Department employees to need to enter a property unless they are replacing a water meter. Furthermore, it is extremely rare for employees to show up unannounced at a residential property. Normally, if a property must be entered, arrangements will be made in advance by phone with the property owner.

If residents have any doubts about someone claiming to be an employee of the Water and Sewer Resources Department, they should notify their local police. Bethlehem Water and Sewer customers with questions about this issue are encouraged to call Customer Service at 610-865-7070 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, or the 24 hour control desk at 610-865-7077.

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