Garbage & Waste Information

Bulk Pick-Up

Residential bulk trash will be collected once per month on your regularly scheduled pickup day and during the same week each month. Items that by size or weight are too large to fit in the container may be placed next to the blue trash container on the bulk collection day. 

Miscellaneous household furniture and appliances may be set out on your bulk collection day. All mattresses must be wrapped in plastic and sealed with heavy duty tape. Residents can place up to three 32 gallon cans OR up to six bags out during bulk pick up week only. To reach Republic Waste, please call 800-433-1309.

Lorain bulk waste pick up weeks will be on your normal collection day, during the second full week of each month:

  • January 7, 2018
  • February 11, 2018
  • March 11, 2018
  • April 8, 2018
  • May 13, 2018
  • June 10, 2018
  • July 8, 2018
  • August 12, 2018
  • September 9, 2018
  • October 8, 2018
  • November 11, 2018
  • December 9, 2018

Please see below for more information on trash pickup:

Solid Waste:
Residents should begin using their new solid waste containers on the next scheduled collection day after receiving them.
• All waste must be placed in the 95-gallon blue container with the black lid.
• Containers must be placed curbside by 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day, but no earlier than 7:00 pm the night before.
• Containers must be placed with the arrows pointing toward the street to allow for the collection of your container contents.
• Residents listed as qualifying seniors by the city’s water department will receive a 65-gallon waste container instead of the larger 95-gallon waste container unless otherwise requested by contacting Republic Services.
• Qualified seniors will continue to receive a discounted rate as they did in the past.

A 65-gallon dark blue container with a light blue lid will be provided for all of your weekly recycling needs. Recycling containers will be emptied on a weekly basis on your regular collection day.
• Small branches must be cut and bundled not to exceed 3 feet in length or 40lbs and should be placed next to blue trash container. Plastic bags will not be collected with yard waste.
• Only organic material can be placed inside (no garden gloves, tools, hoses, plastic flower pots etc.).
• Do not place any yard waste in recycle containers.

Please review these frequently asked questions for additional details:
• When will my container arrive, and when can I start using it? Containers will be delivered in early April 2017, and you can start using it when it arrives.
• How do I use the containers? Each container should be placed curbside at least three feet away from any other item (mailbox, parked car, low-hanging tree limb, etc.) so it can be lifted by the truck’s mechanical arm. The container handle should face your house.
• Must all waste be placed inside the container? The 95-gallon container is designed to meet the needs of most residents. All bagged waste must be placed inside your container with the lid
closed completely. Containers cannot be emptied if items are left on top of the lid.

• Can I put waste and recyclables in one container? No, please use the blue recycling container with the light blue lid for your weekly recycling pickup. The new 95-gallon container is for waste only.

All items listed below may be placed loosely in the container provided:
Acceptable materials:
• Newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, office paper,soft covered books, file folders, and crushed boxes and clean pizza boxes.
• Cardboard from non-food items such as shipping boxes (please flatten, fold, or cut to fit inside the recycling container).
• Plastic containers (narrow neck only) such as milk, juice, water, detergent, and shampoo containers.
• Glass food and beverage containers.
• Aluminum and steel food/beverage containers. Empty and rinse containers and remove caps. Please do not place recyclables in plastic bags.
Unacceptable materials:
• No plastic bags or plastic wrap (these can be dropped off at some retail locations).
• No paint, pesticides or household hazardous waste.
• No Styrofoam, heavily soiled pizza boxes, carbon paper, electronic waste or medications.
• No light bulbs, flower pots, car batteries, scrap metal.
• No yard waste.

The Lorain County Solid Waste District provides the opportunity to responsibly dispose of household hazardous waste, electronic waste, medications or other prescription drugs. For questions on how these items may best be disposed of, please contact the Lorain Solid Waste District at 440-329-5440.

Separate yard waste collection will take place from April 15 - November 30 on your regular collection day.
• Grass clippings and other yard waste should be placed in brown paper yard waste bags or loose in 32-gallon containers clearly marked as “Yard Waste” not to exceed 40lbs.