Solid Waste Management Department

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Solid Waste, Recycling, Yard Waste, and Bulky Service Curbside Collections

The Solid Waste Management Department will be closed on Nov. 22. Regular Thursday collection for all curbside services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, will take place on Nov. 23. Regular Friday collections for yard waste and bulky services will take place on Nov. 26. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed on Nov. 22, and will reopen under normal operating schedules on Nov. 23. For information about items accepted for curbside collections as well as how to sign up for collection day alerts and reminders for holiday service changes, visit the department’s webpage.

The Solid Waste Management Department partners with the community to provide exceptional customer service and outstanding waste collection, recycling, and disposal services in a safe, efficient, cost effective, and environmentally sound manner. The department enhances the appearance of the city and environment by providing the following services:

  • Bulky Items Collection
  • Garbage Collection
  • Recycling Collection
  • Television Collection
  • Yard Waste Collection

Strategic Plan
The Solid Waste Management Departmental Strategic Plan and the city’s Strategic Plan, ensures that the department provides professional management that contributes to creating thriving, livable communities and a well-managed city. Through the Waste Reduction and Sustainability Program, the department continually increases recycling and waste stream diversion opportunities, which improves the quality and sustainability of neighborhoods. Solid Waste Management strives to reduce garbage tonnage by 10% within 3 years and increase recycling participation to 95%.
The department also operates the Hazardous Waste Center, Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station) and Swap Shop enabling residents to divert recyclable and hazardous items from landfills.

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