Curbside Refuse Collection Guidelines


The Refuse and Recycling Guidelines (pdf format).

Refuse Program Guidelines

  • Refuse in garbage can containers must not be set curb-side prior to 6:00 p.m. the evening before your scheduled pickup day and must be out by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
  • Refuse in plastic garbage bags cannot be set curbside prior to 6:00 a.m. on the morning of your scheduled pickup day and must be out by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Empty containers must be removed from curbside and returned to their permitted storage location as quickly as possible after pickup but no later than 11:59 p.m. on the evening of your scheduled pickup day.
  • Residents setting out refuse at hours contrary to these guidelines are subject to citation.
  • Cardboard boxes must be broken down and tied into manageable bundles or placed in approved containers.
    NOTE: Cardboard is recyclable and now collected with residential curbside recycling in green bins.
  • Potentially dangerous refuse should be properly packaged to avoid injury or unnecessary exposure to waste handlers. Sharp objects such as broken glass and sharp metal objects should be wrapped in paper or packaged in cardboard and sealed. Medical waste must be packaged in a protective container and sealed to avoid contact by the public or by solid waste collectors.
  • Small amounts of lumber may be tied into bundles not exceeding 5 feet in length and 25 pounds in weight. Remove nails from used wood or bend over to avoid an injury to public and solid waste collectors.
  • Larger household items such a chair, sofa, mattress, box spring, or other furniture items may be set at curbside for collection provided it is not part of an unusually large amount of refuse ( 1 cu. yd. or more).
  • Carpeting, pads and area rugs should be cut, rolled and tied into manageable rolls not longer than 5’ and weighing not more than 25 lbs. Small pieces must be placed in plastic bags or garbage cans (see below).


Not Suitable for Curbside Refuse Collection

  • Hazardous Waste such as paints, solvents, liquid petroleum products, antifreeze, pesticides, adhesives, chemicals, lead acid (automotive) batteries, mercury, etc.
  • Explosives & Ammunition
  • Pressurized Tanks (fire ext., LP, oxygen, air, etc.)
  • White Goods Applicances
  • Tires*
  • Landscape Waste*
  • Certain Electronic Devices**

              *See Landscape and Other Special Wastes
            **See website for complete list of banned electronics

Roll-out Carts

  • Each residential customer will be provided with one 95 gallon roll-out cart or one 45 gallon roll-out cart. Customers wishing to choose a smaller can need to contact the City Water Office at (618) 457-3265 by August 4, 2017; both cans can be viewed at the Water Office. Customers not responding will receive a 95 gallon roll-out cart. Carts are expected to be delivered in October.
  • Monthly refuse rates will remain the same at $12.00/month as most of the incurred costs are for labor and equipment.
  • Monthly recycling fees will also remain the same at $3.20/month.
  • Residential refuse customers can request one (1) additional roll-out cart at no cost for the cart. The monthly cost for the additional roll-out cart will be 50% of the standard monthly rate ($6.00/month additional cost); this would result in a monthly refuse bill of $18.00 for up to 190 gallons of refuse disposal per month.
  • Any refuse left outside the can will incur extra volume pick-up charges. These charges will remain the same at $10.00 for the first minute plus $7.50 for each additional minute. This cost would be automatically billed for any items set outside of the 95-gallon roll-out cart, including large items (i.e. couches, mattresses, etc.).
  • Damaged roll-out carts, due to normal wear and tear, will be repaired or replaced by the City at no cost to the residents. Replacement carts or carts damaged due to negligence will be available at a replacement cost of $75.00 per roll-out cart.


Plastic Bags

  • Bags may be used if they are of sufficient strength to prevent breakage and/or spillage of contents when handled. Plastic bags (usually black) shall have a capacity of not less than 20 gallons nor more than 35 gallon, with the contents weighing no more than 25 pounds.
  • Plastic Bags must be watertight without holes or tears and shall be tightly fastened at the top so that it can be grasped and supported from the top without failing.


Unapproved Containers

Paper bags, cardboard boxes and other similar containers are not approved refuse containers.
Residents setting refuse out in containers contrary to these guidelines are subject to citation.


Residents setting out more than 1 cubic yard of refuse curbside (approximately six 33 gallon containers) on their scheduled weekly collection day are subject to an additional extra volume dcharge that will automatically be included on their refuse bill.



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