Refuse, Recycling & Yard Waste

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The City of Westerville observes the following six holidays:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independance Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  (View/Print 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 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.

Containers
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 that are not acceptable and are 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 red containers provided by Rumpke. Each household is provided two recycling containers at no cost. Paper products should be placed in one bin and covered to prevent them from blowing around. Paper bags and personal recycling bins are also acceptable. To request replacement bins contact the Public Service Dept, 901-6740 or email publicservice@westerville.org.  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 4 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 curb beside the regular trash.  Mattresses and upholstered furniture must be placed in disposal bags or wrapped in plastic and taped securely.

Recycling - Phone books, newspapers, magazines with 1” or less binding, cardboard, and chipboard should be placed in bins with a lid. Other acceptable items include: gable-top and aseptic cartons; unbroken clear, green and brown bottles and jars used for beverage and food containers; plastic containers numbering 1 through 7; aluminum foil, beverage cans, and containers such as pie plates; bi-metal and steel beverage and food cans. All beverage and food containers should be rinsed before disposal. It is not necessary to remove labels. Cardboard should be cut into pieces less the 2 x 3 foot. Flattening containers when possible will save room in recycling bins. Newspapers may also be placed in paper bags, or tied in bundles, and set beside the recycling bins.

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 4 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.