Special Waste Removal
Streamlined Bulk Trash Removal
Since July 1, 2010, city residents receive the benefits of a more efficient bulk waste removal system, utilizing a standard schedule without the need to call for a pickup. This schedule provides the time needed for the city Street Department staff to attend to other service needs. Every other week the entire city limits will have the following schedule (with the exception of yard waste which will still be picked up on a weekly basis):
All items should be placed in the same location as household trash cans. Please note that this may be by the curb in front of your residence, or it may be along an alley in the rear of your property. Items must be within five (5) feet of placement location noted above and not behind a fence or the sidewalk (if applicable).
Monday - Tree Limbs and Brush
Tree Limbs must be cut to 4-foot sections, no larger than six (6) inches in diameter, with the ends facing the same direction and may be loose or bundled with thin twine. Loose clippings and trimmings must be placed in paper bags or bushel containers for Wednesday yard waste collection.
Tuesday - Metal, Tires, BatteriesMetal only, includes large appliances such as refrigerators (the doors must be removed), stoves, washers, dryers, bicycles, etc. Standard car/truck tires and car batteries are included in this pickup as well. NOT collected: dishwashers, TVs, computers, etc., over-sized tires (tractor, non-standard truck sizes, etc).
Wednesday - Grass & LeavesYard waste (year-round collection) is considered grass and leaves, which must be in brown, biodegradable paper lawn bags, or in lidless, bushel-sized containers, weighing no more than 50 pounds. Bags and containers must be placed curbside no sooner than 7am on Tuesday and no later than 7am on Wednesday to ensure collection. Please be aware of inclement weather conditions, as wet bags will not be collected in order to avoid debris from rips. The brown paper bags can be purchased at places like Lowes, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot. If packaged any other way, such as plastic bags or containers over 50 pounds, it will not be taken. Yard waste cannot be mixed with nor placed with normal household trash. Wheelbarrows and large trash cans are not acceptable containers.
**Please note that sod, dirt, mulch, and rocks are not considered yard waste and the city cannot collect these types of items. Consider mulching your grass clippings instead.See the FAQ for more information. Additional recycling information can be found online.
Thursday & Friday - Bulk Trash
Bulk trash includes sofas, chairs, lumber and building wood (if work is performed by a contractor, the City will NOT collect debris), TVs, mattresses, non-metal appliances (dishwashers, microwaves, other), etc.
**Please note that sod, dirt, mulch, rocks, concrete, and bricks are NOT considered bulk trash and cannot collected by the city. Refer to your zone map to know which day is pickup on your street.
Fall only: Dates TBA (dates change to accommodate the seasonal amount of fallen leaves).
Christmas Trees & Limbs
Christmas trees can be dropped off next to the Skate Park at Locust Street and Leslie B. Leister Lane beginning December 26 until March 31. A sign for Christmas trees is next to a dumpster for their placement. Be sure that you remove lights, ornaments, tree stands, and any plastic wrapping or bags you used for transporting your tree. None of these items can be run through the mulching machine and will instead cause damage, so please be conscientious about their removal. See the FAQ for more information, or visit the Christmas Tree Collection webpage.
Your tree limbs and Christmas Trees are used for mulching purposes. Workers grind them up and compost the materials and then use the resulting mulch around town for beautification projects, so keep in mind that when you place these items out for this purpose, they are being used to keep your City looking nice and you are participating in a nationwide recycling project.