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Refuse/Recycling/Yard Waste Collection Covid-19 Updates

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The City of Westerville observes the following six holidays:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.             2020 Holiday Schedule

Collection Schedule
Refuse & Recycling is collected every Tuesday throughout the City of Westerville, except for weeks with a Monday or Tuesday holiday. During a week where a holiday falls on Monday or Tuesday, refuse and recycling will be collected on Wednesday. Pick up returns to its normal schedule the following week.

Before setting your recycling out for collection Tuesday morning, learn some of the most common recycling misconceptions and see the recycling process from Westerville through the Rumpke (Waste & Recycling Services) facility in this video.

Yard Waste is collected every Monday throughout the City, except for weeks with a Monday holiday. During those weeks, yard waste is collected on Tuesday. Pick up returns to its normal schedule the following week. Yard Waste is picked up year-round.

Containers can be placed at the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the day before scheduled pick up, but no later the 7:00 a.m. on the day of pick up. Containers must be taken away from the curb and placed back to the home by the morning following pick up day.

Refuse may be placed in trash cans or plastic bags. Trash cans may be plastic or metal, must be water tight with two handles and a lid, and be no larger than 35-gallon capacity. Household containers, such as small kitchen cans, buckets, or baskets are not acceptable and if set out at curb may be taken by Rumpke along with normal trash.  Each container must weigh less than 50 lbs when full. There is no limit on the number of containers allowed per household.

Recycling should be placed in the blue recycling carts provided by the city. Each household is provided one recycling cart at no cost.  An additional recycling cart may be provided upon request. To request an additional cart or a replacement if cart is damaged contact the Public Service Dept, 901-6740 or email  You may also use the "Service Request" link provided on the City's website.  Before recycling an item try re-using it.  Click here for some ideas.  

Yard Waste should be placed in biodegradable paper bags or unlined trash cans. Twigs or branches up to 2 inches in diameter should be cut into four-foot lengths and bound together with a biodegradable material such as string or twine.

Items Collected & Proper Disposal
Refuse - All type of normal household trash will be collected. Drain all liquids from containers. Broken glass and animal excrement must be securely wrapped or placed in closed plastic bags. Fireplace ashes must be cold before placing them in containers. Miscellaneous or larger items, such as furniture, should be stacked neatly at the curb beside the regular trash.  Mattresses and upholstered furniture must be placed in disposal bags or wrapped in plastic and taped securely.

To schedule bulk trash pick up contact the city (614.901.6740) at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day. 

Recycling - for acceptable items and proper disposal check out our newly re-designed recycling page.

Yard Waste - Smaller yard waste items such as grass clippings, leaves and twigs should be placed in unlined trash cans or paper yard waste bags. Twigs or branches up to 2 inches in diameter should be cut into  four-foot lengths and bound together with a biodegradable material such as string or twine. To dispose of small shrubs and bushes, 4-foot or less in length, remove the root-ball and use string or twine to tie the branches closer to the base. Christmas trees should be placed at curb completely free of all decorations and tree stands; should not be in a disposable bags; and should be cut in 4-foot lengths with the branches tied closer to the base. 

Items placed in improper containers, or set out improperly for disposal, can not be picked up.