The City of Wilmington operates a residential Refuse Collection Service for the benefit and convenience of its residents. Service details and regulations governing the collection of garbage, trash, and other refuse are listed below. In order for the City to provide the best possible service to all customers, it is important that each resident understand and follow the rules and guidelines.
The employees of the Refuse Collection Department work hard to provide good, reliable, year round service, often under difficult weather conditions. Our goal is to furnish high quality service at a reasonable cost. With your consideration and help, we can continue to realize this goal.
If you have any questions concerning the refuse collection service, please call 382-6474.
Hours of Operation
Regular Residential Service
Wilmington garbage and normal household refuse is picked up once a week by City refuse collection crews. City ordinance requires that all residential and commercial units have trash collection service and be provided exclusively by the City of Wilmington.
Whenever possible, we ask that you dispose of refuse in trash bags. This allows our crews to move more easily through the routes and, in turn, helps to keep rates as low as possible.
However, if trash is stored outside prior to collection, it must be placed in rubber, galvanized, or other non-rusting containers of substantial construction with tight fitting lids. All trash containers must be commercially manufactured and intended for the purpose of containing refuse. Such containers if set out for collection must have two (2) handles, one on each side, and shall not be more than thirty-three (33) gallon capacity. Containers not meeting these specifications will not be emptied.
The City cannot be responsible for damaged or missing containers and lids.
Loose Papers Cause Litter
When non-disposable containers are used, refuse collection crews must empty the containers into collection vehicles. If these cans contain loose paper, such as facial tissue, plastic bags, mail, etc., it will be blown around and litter the area despite the utmost care taken by the crews. Therefore, we ask that all loose trash be placed in tied trash bags or other disposable containers.
In order to avoid possible injury to refuse collection personnel, containers with trash cannot weigh more than 40 pounds.
(Brush, grass clippings, leaves, etc.)
Residents are encouraged to recycle their grass clippings and yard waste debris by using it as mulch or compost material. Leaving grass clippings on your lawn is healthy for the yard as well as a good recycling technique.
The City of Wilmington maintains an Ohio EPA regulated Class IV composting site for use by Wilmington residents. Residents may bring yard waste loads containing no other trash or debris to this facility.
As part of its service, the City will, also collect grass clippings, weeds, leaves, prunings, etc. if placed in paper yard waste bags which are purchased from the City of Wilmington. These bags are $1.50 each and can only be purchased at the following locations; Ace Hardware on Rombach Avenue, the Utility Billing Department located on the first floor of the Municipal Building, and the Landfill located on Nelson Avenue. The City will not pick up any other type of bag from any other retailer.
Small amounts of brush will be picked up as part of the regular yard waste collection service, at no extra charge. Brush and limbs must be cut in no longer than 4' lengths and bundled tightly with twine. Bundles must be easy for one person to lift and throw into a dump truck. It is not the intent of the service to provide for removal of entire trees.
Christmas trees will be collected at no charge when placed in your normal trash location area. Weather permitting, this is normally done during the first two weeks of January.
Bulky Items/Special Pickups
The City will provide collection of large, bulky household items such as mattresses, furniture, carpet and appliances except air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers.
Carpet which is collected at curbside must be cut and rolled into no longer than 4’ lengths and no more than 10” in diameter, tied with twine, and be easy for one person to lift into a dump truck. The charge for collection of carpet is $45.00 for up to 10 rolls. Carpet may, also, be brought to the Wilmington Landfill for disposal. Normal dumping fees will apply.
This bulky item pickup service is provided for those residents who occasionally have one of these items and is limited to the collection of three (3) bulky items per year, not for large quantities such as when a resident or renter moves or cleans up a property. When a large volume is involved, all such items must be hauled to the Wilmington Landfill by the property owner or tenant.
Voluntary Curbside Recycling Program
In an effort to make recycling more convenient to all of Wilmington’s residents, a voluntary curbside recycling program has been implemented. Recyclables are picked up each week on regular refuse pick-up days.
Regular waste collection service and special pickup does not include collection of building/construction material, for example, lumber, shingles, plywood, tiles, drywall, windows, toilets, bathtubs, fencing , concrete, bricks, rocks, dirt, sand, tires, car batteries, or appliances which have contained Freon (air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators). For information on disposal of these items, please call the Wilmington Landfill at 382-6474.
For additional information on yard waste disposal, please call 382-6474.