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The Sanitation Division provides weekly residential curbside trash collection for residential dwellings of six units or less. Each single family residential unit is limited to a maximum of four 32‐gallon containers or eight 32‐gallon trash bags. The resident is responsible for providing the collection containers; there are no City provided containers. Trash collection is performed with public employees using rear‐load compactors. Approximately 530,000 residential units are served.

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The more you know about the DOs and DON’Ts of trash collection and recycling – as well as practical information, like collection schedules – the easier it is to do your part to keep our city clean.


Like residential trash collection and recycling, commercial collection has its own set of rules and regulations including timetables, required containers, instructions for disposing of specific kinds of waste and debris, and much more.

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Regulations Governing Municipal and Private Collection of Refuse

To view the Regulations online, click here or to download a printable a version, click here