IMAG0541This is the official website of the Borough of  Taylor. Taylor is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania,  four miles southwest of Scranton on the Lackawanna River. The history of Taylor Borough is an interesting journey. It was founded in 1790 by Cornelius Atherton.  Silk manufacturing and coal mining were once practiced in the borough. It is our intention at TaylorBorough.com to provide it’s visitors with an informative recap of our community. Taylor Borough has been a unique place to live and work. We hope that the information on this website will be useful and informational.

Attention: Taylor Borough Administrative offices, Taylor Community Center as well as the DPW department will be close Monday, September 7th, 2015 in observance of Labor Day.

Trash collection will be one day behind during this week as well.

September 1, 2015

 Mosquito Spraying Set for Lackawanna County on September 3

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes on September 3, 2015, in Moosic Borough and Taylor Borough, Lackawanna County.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying mosquito habitats. The equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15 ULV at a rate of 1.5 ounces per acre.

These products are designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application materials have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and are safe for the environment. The application material has a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

So far in 2015, West Nile virus has been detected in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, and York counties.

Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this spray operation. If conditions do not allow application on September 3, 2015, a rain date will be scheduled as necessary.

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.

  • Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.

If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

  • Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
  • Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin, or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile virus and the state’s surveillance and control program, please visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.

MEDIA CONTACT: Colleen Connolly, 570-826-2511

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Please note that recycling can be placed in open containers other than the traditional recycling cans. Capacity should be 35 gallons or less, color doesn’t matter.


Effective June 1st, 2015, Taylor Borough will be picking up recycling in the The first week starting on June 1, 2015, DPW will collect commingled recyclables which consists of Plastic Bottles, Jars, Tubs & Tops; Glass Bottles & Jars, Aluminum & Steel (Tin) Cans.
The second week starting June 8, 2015, DPW will collect Newspapers, Catalogs, Office / Computer Paper, Phone Books, Envelopes & Unwanted Mail, Magazines, Cardboard (Shipping Boxes), Cereal Boxes, Cracker Boxes & Paper Towel Rolls.
In Order to Clarify Taylor Borough’s Recycling Program Schedule please review this Notice:
• Your day of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) that you normally put your recycling out for collection has NOT changed.
• The schedule that had previously been distributed to the public included dates that refer to each weekly collection period and shows what the collectible item is scheduled for that weeks collection. Again your normal collection day of the week has not changed.
• In order to be more efficient, we are alternating weekly what recyclable is being collected, commingled (Cans, Glass, Plastic) for that week and paper products (Newsprint, Magazines, Junk Mail, Cardboard) the next alternate week

Week of August 31, 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of September 7, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics
Week of September 14, 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of September 21, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics
Week of September 28, 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of October 5, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics
Week of October 12, 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of October 19, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics
Week of October 26 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of November 2, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics
Week of November 9, 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of November 16, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics
Week of November 23, 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of November 30, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics
Week of December 7, 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of December 14, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics
Week of December 21, 2015 Paper, Cardboard
Week of December 28, 2015 Cans, Glass, Plastics



Lackawanna County Updates

Commissioners Announce Healthy Lackawanna Program

Gypsy Moth Suppression Public Meeting Scheduled

Farmers Market Vouchers Available

 Reminder to all Borough Residents, with the weather getting nicer

Taylor Borough has adopted a new Burn Ordinance  to regulate and prohibit the burning, ignition and combustion of rubbish, garbage and other materials within the Borough of Taylor, and to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents.

  1. Any resident using a fire pit within the Borough shall be constructed and operated in a safe manner, and shall not be located closer than twenty (20) feet to any building, structure or property line.The fuel area of fire pit is limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  2. Only clean seasoned firewood or charcoal may be burned. No burning of trash leaves, brush, and pressure treated wood or painted wood is permitted.
  3. All openings in the container or fire pit must be covered with wire mesh or other non-combustible screening materials that will prevent the passage of sparks or embers.
  4. All fires shall be constantly attended by at least one (1) adult person until they are completely extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a m minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel’s., water bucket or garden hose shall be available for immediate utilization.
  5. No such fire or container may be used on any porch, deck, balcony or other portion of a building.
  6. Fires are not permitted during adverse wind and weather conditions.
  7. Fires shall not be permitted to smolder.
  8. All open fires as set forth herein shall be extinguished no later than 11:00 P.M.
  9.  Any fire permitted to burn in an unsafe manner under adverse weather conditions, unsupervised, determined unsafe by the Fire Chief or Police Officers(s), or in violation of any provision of this Ordinance, shall be extinguished immediately upon demand by such official
  10.  Permit Requirements: Except for portable grills/barbeques (which require no permit), before a property owner may allow a fire pit to be constructed on its property, pursuant to this Ordinance, the property owner shall obtain from the Borough Code Enforcement Officer, at a cost of $5.00(Five-Dollars), a Fire Pit Permit generally authorizing the use of the proposed fire pit at the proposed location on the property. In the event there is a question as to the safety of the operation or construction of any grill or fire pit within the Borough, the Fire Chief or Officer of one of the local fire departments shall be consulted to inspect said structure.

 Street and Roadway Repair

Due to the very harsh winter we all suffered through, Taylor Borough DPW will be doing much needed road repairs over the Spring and Summer months. Residents are encouraged to contact the Borough to report any severe problems such as Large Potholes, Open Holes, Non-Functioning Storm Sewer Catch Basins, Severe Depressions and so on.

 Contact Inform

  This information is received and reviewed by our Borough Manager. Your question or comment will then be forwarded to the appropriate department.

Taylor Borough
122 Union Street
Taylor PA 18517
(570) 562-1400 Phone
(570) 562-1415 Fax


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