Curbside Refuse Collection Guidelines


The Refuse and Recycling Guidelines (pdf format).

Refuse Program Guidelines

  • Refuse in garbage can containers must not be set curb-side prior to 6:00 p.m. the evening before your scheduled pickup day and must be out by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
  • Refuse in plastic garbage bags cannot be set curbside prior to 6:00 a.m. on the morning of your scheduled pickup day and must be out by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Empty containers must be removed from curbside and returned to their permitted storage location as quickly as possible after pickup but no later than 11:59 p.m. on the evening of your scheduled pickup day.
  • Residents setting out refuse at hours contrary to these guidelines are subject to citation.
  • Cardboard boxes must be broken down and tied into manageable bundles or placed in approved containers.
    NOTE: Cardboard is recyclable and now collected with residential curbside recycling in green bins.
  • Potentially dangerous refuse should be properly packaged to avoid injury or unnecessary exposure to waste handlers. Sharp objects such as broken glass and sharp metal objects should be wrapped in paper or packaged in cardboard and sealed. Medical waste must be packaged in a protective container and sealed to avoid contact by the public or by solid waste collectors.
  • Small amounts of lumber may be tied into bundles not exceeding 5 feet in length and 25 pounds in weight. Remove nails from used wood or bend over to avoid an injury to public and solid waste collectors.
  • Larger household items such a chair, sofa, mattress, box spring, or other furniture items may be set at curbside for collection provided it is not part of an unusually large amount of refuse ( 1 cu. yd. or more).
  • Carpeting, pads and area rugs should be cut, rolled and tied into manageable rolls not longer than 5’ and weighing not more than 25 lbs. Small pieces must be placed in plastic bags or garbage cans (see below).


Not Suitable for Curbside Refuse Collection

  • Hazardous Waste such as paints, solvents, liquid petroleum products, antifreeze, pesticides, adhesives, chemicals, lead acid (automotive) batteries, mercury, etc.
  • Explosives & Ammunition
  • Pressurized Tanks (fire ext., LP, oxygen, air, etc.)
  • White Goods Applicances
  • Tires*
  • Landscape Waste*
  • Certain Electronic Devices**

              *See Landscape and Other Special Wastes on Reverse side
            **See website for complete list of banned electronics

Garbage Cans

Containers should be in reasonably good condition without holes, cuts or tears which are dangerous or which allow contents to spill out. Garbage cans should have watertight lids or covers with two strong handles on the outside. Each container should have a capacity of not less than 20 gallons nor more than 35 gallons, with contents weighing not more than 50 pounds. Larger containers (up to 95 gallons) may be used provided contents are secured in plastic trash bags (see below). 

Plastic Bags

  • Bags may be used if they are of sufficient strength to prevent breakage and/or spillage of contents when handled. Plastic bags (usually black) shall have a capacity of not less than 20 gallons nor more than 35 gallon, with the contents weighing no more than 25 pounds.
  • Plastic Bags must be watertight without holes or tears and shall be tightly fastened at the top so that it can be grasped and supported from the top without failing.

Unapproved Containers

Paper bags, cardboard boxes and other similar containers are not approved refuse containers.
Residents setting refuse out in containers contrary to these guidelines are subject to citation.


Residents setting out more than 1 cubic yard of refuse curbside (approximately six 33 gallon containers) on their scheduled weekly collection day are subject to an additional extra volume dcharge that will automatically be included on their refuse bill.



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