Single-Stream Recycling

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The City of Delaware now utilizes a single-stream recycling service. This means that residents no longer need to separate recycling items in different containers. All recyclables – glass, plastic, metal, paper and cardboard – can be combined in recycling containers placed at curbside.

Replacement bins and extra bins are free for City residents. Phone 740-203-1810 for more information.

Our curbside recycling service annually diverts about 1,500 tons of waste from landfills. Nearly 45 percent of City residents use the service, one of the highest rates in the region. As we look to the future, we are exploring other improvements that will enhance customer service and increase resident participation.

Yard Waste

Yard waste includes lawn trimmings, leaves, vines, brush, and garden waste. Yard waste does NOT include non-biodegradable material. The City provides this service on the scheduled refuse collection day from mid-April through mid- December.

Loose yard waste must be placed in biodegradable bags or 32-gallon containers with handles, marked for “Yard Waste” dispoBiodegradableLeafBagssal. Stickers to designate cans for yard waste are free of charge at the City Utility Office in City Hall or by contacting the Customer Service Request Line at 740-203-1810 or here. Biodegradable leaf bags may be purchased at most grocery or hardware stores.

All other yard waste must be bundled and tied with a biodegradable string in dimensions not to  exceed 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter and weighing less than 50 pounds. Sod is  accepted provided the bag or container and contents do not exceed 50 pounds.

Never pile leaves in the street, curb lawn or gutter. Leaves must be in a biodegradable lawn/leaf bag, or in a waste container.


City Of Delaware 2021 Holiday Refuse/Recycling Schedule
Dates subject to change, depending on Delaware County Transfer Station holiday operating hours.

Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Collections will be made Tuesday through Saturday this week

Monday, May 31 Memorial Day
Collections will be made Tuesday through Saturday this week.

Sunday, July 4 Independence Day
Collections will be Tuesday 5hrough Saturday this week.

Monday, Sept, 6 Labor Day
Collections will be made Tuesday through Saturday this week.

Thursday, Sept. 23 Little Brown Jug Day
Collections will operate on an accelerated schedule this day.

Thursday, Nov. 25 Thanksgiving
Collections will be made Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week. City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.

Friday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve
City offices will close at noon, and collections will operate on an accelerated schedule this day.

Saturday, Dec. 25 Christmas
City offices are closed Monday, Dec. 27. Collections will be made Tuesday through Saturday this week.

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