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Household Trash

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Household trash should contain only items that cannot be recycled. Collection occurs once a week. See a collection map or email for details. Sign up for e-notification services and receive a reminder each time the collection scheduled is impacted by a holiday or inclement weather.

Report a missed collection of household trash, yard waste or recyclables the day after your collection day here.

Order a Yard Waste Cart or Change Service From Backdoor to Curbside

Back-Door Collection - Monthly fee $36.50
Customers may use their own cart as long as they are 45-gallons or less and weigh less than 50-pounds when loaded. All trash must be secured in plastic garbage bags and placed inside the container. Material outside the container will not be picked up at the back door. Containers must be in an accessible location with no pets or locked gates.Recyclable material, yard debris, large items, cardboard boxes, homeowner generated building materials less than one cubic yard and excess trash must be placed at the curb. 

Curb-Side Collection - Monthly fee $29.50 
Curbside customers must use a new, City provided 96-gallon green trash cart for collection. The first household trash cart ordered from the City is included in the sanitation fee. Additional carts may be ordered for a one-time usage fee of $75. Personal containers and carts from previous contractors may no longer be used.

All trash must be secured in plastic garbage bags and placed inside the container.

Please place household trash, yard waste and recycle carts at least three feet apart to allow clearance on all sides. The container handle and wheels need to be placed toward the house for proper disposal. Trash must be placed behind the curb (or between the curb and sidewalk) by 7 a.m. on collection day but not before 6 p.m. the day before. Waste Pro has until 7 p.m. to complete collection. Carts must be removed from the curb by 8 a.m. the day following collection. Per City of Germantown Ordinance, all waste containers must be stored behind the front line of the home and should not be visible from the street.

Residents who would like to change their sanitation pick up preference may contact Neighborhood Services at or (901) 757-7263.

Construction Debris
Construction debris generated by the resident is limited to one cubic yard (size of a washing machine) per collection day (wood, landscaping timbers, fencing, decking, cabinets, carpet, flooring, siding, etc.) that will be collected at no charge. For quantities larger than one-cubic yard, contact Neighborhood Services at (901) 757-7263 to arrange for a cost estimate for pick-up by Waste Pro.

Removal of contractor-generated construction debris is the responsibility of the contractor/homeowner.

Other Materials
Items containing refrigerants such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners require certification from a licensed technician stating that the refrigerant has been removed. Once certified and tagged, state law requires doors be removed before refrigerators and freezers are placed at the curb for pickup. Email or call (901) 757-7263 to alert of large item pick-up.

Please Note: there is a limit for bulk items of five (5) cubic yards that can be placed at the curb per week.

Do not mix furniture, construction debris, landscape timbers, household garbage or other bulky items with yard debris. To assist with collection, email to order pick-up of large items.

Sand, dirt, mulch, gravel, concrete, bricks, stone, sawdust, steel, steel poles, tile, auto parts, roofing, shingles, glass, mirrors and lawn mowers are not collected at the curb. These items are accepted at Germantown's semi-annual Amnesty Dumpster Day event.

Homeowners are responsible for properly disposing of medical waste including syringes.

How to dispose of prescription drugs.

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