Bulky/Yard Waste

Bulky/Yard Waste or Trash

Trash includes, but is not limited to, appliances, grass clippings, leaves, limbs, furniture, vines and weeds.  It does not include garbage, construction material, dirt, hazardous waste, rocks, roofing, etc.

Trash is collected on the same day as your garbage collection. To prevent interference with the collection process, trash should be placed at least three (3) from the curb/roadside and away from poles, mailboxes, storm drains, utility boxes, vehicles, etc. and not under utility lines.  

 Q     When is trash collected in my area?
A     Your trash is scheduled to be collected on the same day as your garbage. 
       See  www.auburnalabama.org/maps/Default.aspx?PageID=295  and click
       on the General Interactive or Public Service map to view the routing
       schedule or contact our office at 501-3080 to ascertain your scheduled
       collection day.  

Q      What time should I place my yard waste out at the curb on my collection 

A     Trash piles should be placed at the curb either the evening before your collection
      day or no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day.

Q    What types of material may I place out for trash collection?
A     Trash should be separated into two (2) distinct piles when possible: leaves,
       grass/clippings, limbs, or other woody debris, straw, etc. in one pile, and metal,
       old furniture, etc. and other debris in another pile. Please remove loose or
       unobstructed nails, screws that could injure collection personnel. Also, please
       do not place multiple piles out for collection.

 Q     Where in my yard should I place my waste?
A     Place yard waste at least three (3) feet from the roadway, but not in the travel 
       portion of the street/and or on sidewalks to prevent traffic and/or pedestrian
       hazards. Trash should be placed in front of your residence and not on medians,
       vacant or abandoned property, or another’s property. Additionally, “community
       piles” are prohibited.

Q     Should I bag my grass clippings and leaves for collection?
A     Customers are not required to bag grass clippings, nor leaves but it is suggested 
       as the wind may scatter the debris and prevent the collection of your material.

Q      Are there limitations on the volume of trash , bulky waste, yard and tree
       trimmings that I am allowed to place out for collection on my scheduled
       collection day?
A     Each residence is limited to 5 cubic yards (6 feet x 6 feet x 4 feet) 
       of material each week. Debris piles in excess of this limit may be
       assessed additional charges.  Should the limited amount be exceeded,
       arrangements may be made with the department for collection at a 
       charge of $50.00 per half trailer load or $100.00 for amounts exceeding
       one-half trailer load and an additional $100.00 per return trip.  Also,
       please do not place multiple piles out for collection.
Q     Are there items that I am not permitted to place out for trash collection?
A     Yes. Prohibited items include household garbage, animal waste, concrete, dirt, 
       roofing shingles, rocks, sawdust, tires, large tree stumps, hazardous materials 
       such as antifreeze, insect sprays, herbicides, etc. Please save hazardous chemical 
       items for our annual Hazardous Household Waste Disposal event which will be 
       advertised via our website, newspaper, Open Line, radio, etc.

Q     Are there areas that I am not permitted to place my trash?
A     Yes. To prevent flooding and other water-drainage issues, trash should not be 
       placed in/on roadway gutters, ditches, culverts, or other areas of the City’s storm 
       drain system.

Q      Is it permitted to place materials out that were generated from a 
       commercial clearing project?

A     No. Commercial building materials and woody debris generated from lot clearing 
       projects should be removed by the company utilized.

Q      What if I have a dryer, hot water heater, refrigerator or microwave that 
       is no longer operable, am I permitted to place it out for trash collection?
A     Yes. Customers requiring removal of appliances (white goods) may purchase 
       tags at the City’s Revenue Office at City Hall. For washers, dryers, hot water 
       heaters, or microwaves the cost is $5.00 per item, and for refrigerators, 
       freezers, or air conditioners (Freon containing items) the cost is $28.00 per 
       item. To purchase a white goods tag, please contact the Revenue Office at 
        501-7239 or visit in person at 144 Tichenor Avenue, Auburn, AL 36830.

Q     Where is the trash disposed of?
A     Currently, all trash is transported to the Sand Hill Recycling Center, Inc. located 
      just outside of Auburn. This facility is permitted by the Alabama Department of
      Public Health to receive such material. The woody debris is ground into mulch and
      used in some instances during landscape construction projects and/or for landfill 
      cover as permitted. White goods (appliances) are usually crushed and recycled
      after all freon has been removed according to regulations. All other trash material
      that is not recyclable (typically 40% or less of the total volume submitted by 
      the City) is then transported to a permitted Construction and Demolition (C&D) 
      facility or processed otherwise as allowed under Alabama environmental regulationslines or low hanging limbs. Trash should not be placed in the street, on vacant lots or near an intersection or railroad crossing.