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Residential Trash Collection - Your Guide to Quality Service

Owensboro Sanitation Department

The City of Owensboro uses cost saving automated trash collection trucks. Your drivers begin their routes at 6:00 a.m. and automatically collect up to 900 mobile carts per day. The system is a "pay as you throw" design, where those who produce more trash pay more for collections.


Mobile Carts

The automated system uses specially designed mobile carts. These carts are the property of the City of Owensboro and must be left at the property when residents move. Carts damaged or lost through neglect must be replaced by the resident; carts damaged through normal wear and tear are replaced at no charge. Additional carts may be rented at $4.00 monthly.


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Collection Schedule

Review the service map below to determine your collection day. Service is provided the same day every week. If the following holidays fall on a weekday, then there will be no collection on that day. That days collection and the remaining days collections for the week will be delayed one day. This will result in a Saturday collection day for Friday routes:

  • News Years
  • Memorial Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas


Basic Service

Your $12.00 monthly fee includes cart rental and weekly collection of one full mobile cart (with the lid closed - no extra trash).


Advanced Service

Should you find that one mobile cart is not sufficient for your trash needs, you might consider:

  • Owensboro Recycles! Save room in your mobile cart by recycling at the 1401 W. 7th St Drop-Off Recycling Site.
  • Rental of a second cart: Additional carts may be rented for $4.00 per month. Contact us for delivery.
  • Purchase overflow bags. Bags may be purchased at City Hall for $2.50. Drivers will stop to collect these bags only when placed near the mobile cart.
  • One time collection of large loads: If your trash needs exceed what can be placed in a cart (couches, refrigerators, etc.), see our Bulky Collection & Special Loads section for help.

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Guide to Quality Service

Our automated collection system saves labor cost by allowing the driver alone to collect your trash. One driver can collect up to 900 households in one day! Please follow these guidelines to ensure quality service.  Once drivers have passed through your neighborhood they cannot return to collect late or improperly set-out trash. Return collections are expensive in fuel, labor and maintenance cost and are a burden to those customers who set their trash out properly.

  • Have trash curbside by 6:00 a.m. Once drivers pass through your neighborhood, they cannot return for late set-outs.
  • All trash must be contained inside the mobile cart and the lid must be closed for automatic collection.
  • Do not block the cart with cars, fences, trees or poles. Automatic collection requires 4 ft. of clearance all around.
  • Face cart towards the street (see arrows on top of your cart).


Prohibited Items

In order to ensure the safety of our workers, and to protect the environment through proper landfill dumping, some items are prohibited from residential trash collection:

  • Grass and/or lawn clippings
  • Ammunition
  • Gas-fuel cylinders
  • Hazardous chemicals or poisons
  • Liquids of any kind
  • Oil, fuel of any kind, or any flammable liquids
  • Paint: Contents must be completely dry for collection
  • Tires: Bring to Transfer Station (there will be a charge)
  • Aggregate materials such as: concrete, asphalt, dirt, rocks, bricks, etc.
  • No fluorescent light tubes: The County Transfer Station will accept but requires a $1.25 charge per tube. Home Depot accepts used Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) free at their service desk.
  • Construction and demolition materials in significant amounts such as: windows, doors, drywall, lumber, fencing, siding, etc... Anything generated as a result of a remodel or construction project.
  • Any materials or object deemed hazardous or potentially damaging to sanitation vehicles or personnel, i.e. engine blocks, long rigid/semi-rigid poles, rods, beams, towers, large appliances containing any organic material (food waste).
  • Medical Waste - Used Needles/Sharps: Please do not place loose needles/sharps in your cart for collection as this places undue risk of possible injury/infection to personnel attempting to dispose of your household waste. The following are alternative methods for safe disposal:
    • Place in sealed, hard plastic container (detergent/bleach bottle or similar), mark the outside with the word "Sharps" and place enough bleach/water solution in the bottle to cover the sharps. You can then place the container either to the side or on top of your residential cart on your normal collection day. As an added precaution we ask that you contact us so that we may make the driver aware to look for the container.
    • Drop box or Supervised Collection Site. A commercially available disposal system can be purchased through your local pharmacy and can be taken to appropriate collection sites: doctor's offices, hospitals, pharmacies, health departments or fire stations. Check with your pharmacist or health care provider for availability.
    • Syringe Exhange Program (SEP). Users can exchange used needles for new ones. Contact the North American Syringe Exchange Network at 253-272-4857 or online at www.nasen.org.
    • Mail-back Programs. Place sharps in special containers and return container by mail to a collection site. This service usually requires a fee. Check with your local health care provider or search the internet using keywords "sharps mail back".
    • At-home Needle Destruction Devices. Some manufacturers offer products that allow you to destroy used needles at home. Check with your local pharmacist or search the internet using keywords "sharps disposal devices."


Christmas Collection

For your first scheduled collection day after Christmas, we will collect extra trash placed in plastic trash bags. We cannot be responsible for rain damaged cardboard boxes filled with trash. Place extra trash at least 2 feet away from the cart, and do not overfill cart. Service does not include large bulky items, and is limited to "holiday trash."


Report Illegal Dumpers

Help us keep our city clean. Contact us to report illegal dumpers. We have zero tolerance for those who "trash" our city.