Residential Curbside and Dropoff Services
Most of our waste can be diverted from landfills to be used as resources. But how
do you know what belongs where? And how does the waste get to the right place?
Cities and counties should ensure every resident has access to what are called "core
services" — various types of waste disposal that deal with
- Recycling: Items that contain useful materials that can be made
into new products.
- Trash: Only stuff that can't be recycled/reused.
- Yard waste: Leaves, brush, grass clippings.
- Household hazardous waste: Dangerous materials such as paint, lawn & garden chemicals and automotive fluids; HHW facilities
and events can help properly dispose of those items.
- Bulky item pick-up: Old furniture, appliances or other large items.
- Community cleanup days: One-time collections organized by a community,
like a paper-shredding event.
Core services can essentially be divided into two categories:
Many community or private waste management companies pick up materials at the curbs
and process them elsewhere.
- Yard waste
- Bulky item pick-up
Some people don't have access to curbside services, and there are some items that
can't be left at the curb or need special handling, such as glass or hazardous household
chemicals. Many cities or counties make it easy for you to drop off materials at
designated collection sites.
Household hazardous waste
- Community cleanup days
Having a range of these services helps us all effectively divert waste and directs
valuable materials to a more useful purpose.
Want to know what core services you have access to? See which community services are offered in
your city or county.