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Trash - Residents

The Department of Public Works (DPW) collects trash once or twice per week from single-family homes and residential buildings with three or fewer living units. Click here for collection information, set-out times, and requests. 

Apartment buildings with four or more units, mixed-use residential/commercial buildings and commercial properties are required to provide their own trash collection services. 

DPW trash bin

What Goes in the Trash?

The following materials are listed as trash because they are not accepted by the majority of the recycling facilities. Read below to see which of these materials can be recycled or composted through other means of collection and recovery. 

  • Plastic bags, wrap, and film of any kind
    • Click here to learn how to recycle these items at store drop-offs.
Picture of a large clear plastic bag full of materials, grocery shopping bag, and food storage bag
  • Chip bags
  • Candy wrappers
  • Condiment packets 
Chip bag wrapper, mustard packet, chocolate bar wrapper 
  • Food waste
    • Click here to learn how you can drop-off food waste to be composted for free. 
Food scraps and half eaten sandwich in a foil paper 
  • Items smaller than 2"x2"
    • Plastic utensils
    • Straw
    • Portion cups 
Plastic utensils, plastic straw, portion cups 
  • Juice and flexible pouches
Flexible pouches 
  • Foam
Foam Polystyrene blocks, peanuts, tray, to-go container, and cup 
  • Diapers and personal sanitary products
  • Wet wipes (do not flush) 
  • Tissues, napkins & paper towels
Used diaper, wet wipe, napkins 
  • Clothing and textiles
    • Consider donating or selling these materials if they are in good condition (dry and odorless). As a last resort, place them in the trash. 
Stack of clothing, blanket, towels 

 

What Doesn't Belong in the Trash OR Recycling?

Click here to learn how to dispose of these Special Waste Items.

  • Electronics
  • Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
  • Paint
  • Prescription medications
    • Do not flush or pour down the drain.
  • Needles and sharps 
Electronics, batteries and chargers, fluorescent light bulb, motor oil, paint buckets