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NEW Garbage/Trash Pickup Details

Starting August 21, 2017 the updated Garbage Ordinance will take effect. After researching outsourcing garbage collection it was decided that keeping the service within the City was currently the best, most cost efficient option. The changes made to the Garbage Ordinance were not made lightly. The City leadership and public works department made the changes to the ordinance in an effort to better utilize the public works staff, reduce wear and tear on the roads and vehicles and increase City services, such  as, litter pickup, maintenance of right of ways, etc. The changes made will also allow for better, less subjective enforcement of the ordinance. Thank you for your patience while we adapt to these changes and work towards Moving Irondale Forward!

Important Information about Upcoming Changes

  • Changes will begin August 21, 2017
  • Recycling will be collected on Mondays— If Recycling falls on a legal holiday pickup will be the next regularly scheduled date – Currently, there is not enough Recycling being collected to warrant rescheduling the pickup for another day during the same week when there is a City Holiday on a Monday. It is the hope that the 1 day per week pickup of garbage will encourage more residents to recycle (please see below for items eligible for recycling.) Should you need an additional recycling bin please contact Public Works.
  • If your current Garbage pickup is Monday/Wednesday; New pick up will be Wednesday
  • If your current Garbage pickup is Tuesday/Thursday; New pick up will be Tuesday
  • If your scheduled Garbage pickup falls on a City Holiday the pickup will be rescheduled and announced
  • There is no scheduled pickup for Thursday but it will be used as a make up day for Garbage pickup on rescheduled City holidays
  • Changes to the ordinance and schedule are being noticed through a water/garbage bill insert (also available at the library, city hall and senior center), through the website and social media.
  • To view the entire ordinance please click the  link below:

Garbage ordinance June 2017


Items Eligible for Recycling

  • Household Plastics #1 & #2 (number is on the bottom of the Container)
  • All Food Containers must be rinsed out with no food particles remaining
  • Flattened Cardboard Boxes (place under bin)
  • Aluminum/Steel Cans (rinse before recycling)
  • Paper

Questions please call Public Works at 951.1420

Garbage/Trash Ordinance Significant Changes – Excerpts only
Old Ordinance New Ordinance
2 Day per Week Collection 1 Day per Week Collection
Garbage could be placed on the street in Plastic Bag All Garbage must be bagged and then put in Receptacle
Garbage receptacles must be stored at the rear of the premises until collection day Garbage receptacles must be stored in an area not visible from the street until collection day
If collection day falls on a legal holiday collection will be made on the next scheduled pick up date If collection day falls on a legal holiday collection will be rescheduled and residents will be notified of an alternate date (within the same week)
Logs/Limbs could not exceed 8 feet in length and 36 inches in diameter Logs/Limbs cannot exceed 6 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter
Recycling collected bimonthly (practice was weekly) Recycling collected weekly (changed to match the actual practice)
Small amounts of Dirt, Rock, Construction/Demolition Debris, Rubber (tires) will be picked up NO amounts of Dirt, Rock, Rubber (tires) or Construction/Demolition debris will be picked up
Only the amount that would fill a pickup truck of trash (brush, logs, etc.) was collected Any amount of brush, logs, etc., as long as, it does not exceed 6 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter
Furniture was collected Furniture IS collected