Environmental Services

Need To Know

Garbage Collection Rules (Do’s and Don’ts)

Missed Collections


When to place bins out for collection

Both gray and blue bins must be placed out for collection on your weekly pickup day no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before your scheduled collection day. On windy days, please make sure trash does not blow away, block traffic, or storm drains. Avoid setting blue bins out for collection if wind gusts exceed 40 mph or if temperatures dip below 20 degrees.

On your collection day, bins should be on the city right of way prior to 5 a.m. and back on your property by 7 p.m. 

Garbage and recycling bins should not be at the curb except for on your weekly pick up day.

Household Trash/Recycling Preparation

Household trash must be bagged and in your city-issued gray bin. Recyclables belong in the blue bin and should not be bagged. Please do not overfill your containers, the lids should close completely. Extra household garbage that does not fit inside the bin with lid completely closed will result in an extra collection fee. Special collections are available at an extra charge for items that do not fit inside the bins.

How to Avoid Common Container Violations

Every solid waste customer can do their part to keep trash and recycling collections running smoothly. The Collections Division recommends these tips to avoid common container violations:

Place gray and blue bins out with the opening of the lid facing the street.

Place gray and blue bins at least three (3) feet away from obstructions such as mailbox, cable box, telephone pole, signs and five (5) feet from parked vehicles.

Place only household garbage in the gray bin container. Yard waste, Construction debris and special collection items such as electronics or appliances are not allowed.

No Yard Waste

Blue bin only for recycling