Rubbish, Recycling, Yard Waste

Rubbish, Recycling & Yard Waste Collection

  • All rubbish, recycling, and yard waste should be curbside by 7:30 am the day of pickup, but not sooner than 6:00 pm the evening before pick up. All trash, recycling, and yard waste placed at the curb prior to 6:00 pm the day before the scheduled pick up date is considered litter and subject to fine (Ordinance #1999-33).

When your rubbish day falls on a holiday, your rubbish will be picked up the following day. All other days of the week remain the same.

Holidays the Service Department is CLOSED:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Rubbish & Recycling Collection Carts

  • Each home is issued two 96 Gallon carts
    • 1 for rubbish (black lid)
    • 1 for recycling (blue lid)
  • The serial numbers on the front of the rubbish & recycling cans are registered to your specific address
  • Carts must be left at the residence when moving out of the home
  • For new dwellings, please contact the Service Department for your carts to be delivered to your residence
  • To purchase additional rubbish, recycling, and/or yard waste carts you can call the City of Independence Service Department at 216-524-9191.

Recycling Items

  • Cans: Empty and rinse
  • Cartons: Empty and rinse, replace the cap
  • Glass Bottle & Jars: Empty and rinse
  • Paper & Boxes: Flatten all cardboard items
  • Plastic Bottles & Jugs: Empty and rinse

Non-Recycling Items

  • Small appliances (call for Special Pick Up)
  • Hazardous waste (paint, motor oil (call for Special Pick Up)
  • Hard plastics such as toys (put in your trash)
  • Window glass (put in your trash)

Yard Waste Guidelines

  • Residents can purchase a 96 gallon yard waste cart (green lid) from the City of Independence Service Department
  • Yard waste is picked up on your rubbish day on the opposite side of your rubbish
  • Place yard waste in brown bags or open containers
  • Yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be picked up
  • Yard waste will be picked up starting in April (weather permitting) until mid-December
  • Small amounts of yard waste can be placed inside your rubbish cart during the months of January through March
  • All branches less than one inch in diameter must be bundled and be no longer than four feet in length

Yard Waste includes:

  • Grass clippings
  • Trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Plants
  • Bushes
  • Branches
  • Other yard debris

Yard waste does NOT include: dirt, dog or animal waste, litter, rocks, or sod.