Residential Curbside Trash Collection

Trash collection is provided for all single unit dwellings in the City. Current curbside trash pick up services are provided by Republic Services. The number of bags is unlimited and residents are permitted to place a single large item out each week. In the event that you need to place more than one item out in a given week, it is required that you purchase a sticker.  Please read the Large Item Sticker Guidelines for details.

Multi-Unit residential and Commercial/Industrial trash collection must be contracted by the property owner.

Recycling is also included in the curbside services.  Information regarding our program and tips to prepare your recycling are below under the documents section.

FAQs

Does the City provide recylcing services?

Yes. Curbside recycling is provided by Republic Services on the same day as your trash pickup. If you do not have a recycle bin, you can pick one up from City Hall.

At this time, paper and cardboard (flattened cardboard, newspapers, magazines, office paper and common mail), metal cans (beverage and food cans and the lids from glass jars), plastic bottles and plastic jugs can be recycled curbside. Recyclables do not need to be sorted, but they must be clean and dry.

Common items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags, waxed freezer meal boxes, paper towels and tissue, pizza boxes, batteries, electronics, light bulbs, aerosol cans, styrofoam, and heavy duty metals such as shelves and pans. Please refer to our program sheet for a more complete list of what can and cannot be recycled.

When is my trash and recyling picked up?

Trash is picked up weekly. The city is divided into quadrants. Please refer to the following map to find your normal weekly pickup day.

There are certain holidays that if they fall during the week will typically delay your pickup by one day. These holidays are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. To confirm whether or not a holiday affects your pickup day, visit https://www.republicservices.com/schedule and input your address.

Is there a limit to the amount of trash I can put out each week?

There is no limit on the number of bags of trash that will be picked up curbside every week.

One large item (ex: queen or king mattress, box spring, chair, cabinet, shower door, etc.) is permitted each week. If you need additional large items picked up in a week, you must purchase a large item sticker for each additional item at a cost of $15 per sticker. Stickers can be purchased at City Hall.

Are there items I cannot throw out in the trash?

Items that will NOT be collected curbside:

  • Refrigerators, Freezers, Central air conditioning, Heating units
  • Materials resulting from work performed by a commercial contractor.
  • Most construction materials: Ceramic tile, Bricks, Cinderblocks, Concrete, Duct or sheet metal materials, Roofing materials, Shingles, Plaster, Nails or boards with protruding nails, Marble or simulated countertops, Floor coverings (except carpet and padding installed or removed by the homeowner), Hot tubs or spa tubs.
  • Automobile parts including motors, tires on rims, car doors, fenders, cars eats, batteries, and bumpers.
  • Fence posts with concrete attached and Chain link fencing
  • Railroad ties
  • Yard waste, Dirt, Rocks, Sand
  • Paint and other hazardous wastes (please note the City arranges annually for a Hazardous waste collection program, please watch for information on the website and in city newsletters)
  • Fire-damaged items
Are there other options for recyling items that Republic Services will not pick up?

Several local charities accept used clothing donations.

WalMart and Meijer have recycling drop boxes for plastic bags in their lobby.

Padnos on Williams Street in Alma accepts metal, electronics, and other things for recycling.

St. Louis and Alma Police Departments will dispose of medications in original containers.

Many retailers have in-store recycling areas including: Staples, Best Buy, AutoZone, Target, and others.

Can I leave my trash bin at the curb overnight?

Trash can be left curbside after 12:00 noon of the day preceding the day scheduled for collection. Empty containers (trash and recycle bins) should be removed from the street the same day that collection is made.

Please refer to the City's Solid Waste Ordinance for more details.

Yard Waste

The City provides curb side yard waste removal for residential properties. Bagged yard waste pick-up is generally on Monday each week. Brush is picked up once a month. Please see the Yard Waste Guidelines document or the FAQ below for more information.

The current brush pick-up schedule is on the DPW page.

FAQs

Does the City provide curbside pick-up for yard waste?

Yes, the City provides pick-up of standard yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, weeds, flower clippings, etc.) if it is properly bagged in biodegradable paper bags weighing less than 40 lbs each.

"Yard waste" does not include dirt, sod, animal waste, or trash. Do not mix any of these materials into your yard waste bags or the bags will left at the curb and not picked up.

"Brush" is considered separate from yard waste, should be piled separate from bagged yard waste, and is collected on a separate pick-up schedule. Brush includes tree limbs, woody plant material (like from pruning), old Christmas trees, and like matter. It does not include construction material or construction waste.

The City will only pick up yard waste and brush from residential properties within the City. Do not bring in any materials from outside the City limits.

When is residential yard waste picked up?

Public Works typically collects bagged yard waste every Monday, starting at 8:00a.m. During peak periods in spring and fall it may be delayed due to larger than normal quantities set out for removal.

Brush pickup occurs during the first full-week of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. If a holiday falls during the first week of the month (for example, Labor Day), brush pickup begins the following week.

How does the City handle autumn leaf pickup?

From October 1 to December 1, fall leaves can be raked loose to the curb for pickup.

Leaves raked before October 1 or after December 1 must be bagged in biodegradable bags weighing less than 40 lbs to be picked up following normal yard waste pickup procedures.

Do not rake leaf piles into the street or in any way obstruct traffic.

Take care to make sure leaf piles do not include branches, twigs, other yard waste, or animal waste. Branches and twigs should be piled separately for brush pick-up. Yard waste must be bagged. Animal waste cannot be composted and must be disposed of in the trash.

Will the City pick up my Christmas tree?

Christmas trees will be picked up during normal brush week, i.e. the first full week of the month that does not include a holiday. Make sure to remove any wire, string, decorations, or other foreign material attached to the tree.

Can I burn brush and leaves?

No. While recreational fire pits are allowed within the city limits, the burning of brush, yard waste, trash, or construction materials is not allowed in a recreational fire pit. Please refer to the Police Department page for more details about recreational fire pits.

I have had brush piled at the curb for weeks and it hasn't been picked up. Why not?

Brush is only picked up during the first full week of the month (unless a holiday falls during the first week, and then it occurs the next week).

Public Works completes one circuit of the City during the week. They do not cover the same street on multiple days. Therefore to ensure your pile is not missed, brush must be piled by the curb by 8:00a.m. on the Monday of pick-up week.

When piling brush make sure:

  • The large end is pointed with the traffic direction on its side of the street.
  • Brush must be of manageable length. For very long pieces, you may need to cut them in half or into multiple pieces.
  • Any roots from the brush must be cut off and stacked separately.
  • Brush cannot have wire, string, decorations or other foreign materials attached.
  • Brush does not include construction materials. Do not mix pieces of lumber into your brush pile.

If you have questions or concerns regarding solid waste pick up that are not addressed in the Solid Waste Guidelines or this FAQ, please contact Mark Abbott, DPW Superintendent, (989) 681-3644.

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