Delivery Of Larger Carts Being Expedited

City of Cincinnati Trash Cart Implementation Continues

With 35-Gallon Carts Completed, Expedited 95-Gallon Cart Swaps Progressing

With almost 90,000 trash carts already delivered, 99 percent of Cincinnati residents have received initial carts.

Nearly all of the 35-gallon carts have been swapped, and the final swaps for the larger 95-gallon carts will begin expedited delivery starting today.

About 3,200 of the 5,400 total requests for 95-gallon carts still remain to be swapped. Cart swaps will be completed with Department of Public Services crews as they continue working expeditiously six days a week until all cart swaps are completed.

The City of Cincinnati appreciates and asks for continued patience as the last phase of the cart swaps are finalized.

The City will continue working with these residents on an individual basis until the remaining carts have been delivered and swapped. Residents who have not yet received their cart are being encouraged to use their old cans until their new one arrives, and then begin using their new cart as soon as it delivered.

Citizens who have already received a cart should use the cart correctly using the new requirements. Residential changes include the following requirements:

  • Put all household trash in the City provided cart
  • Fully close the lid of the cart
  • Place trash at the curb by 6am on the scheduled collection day


  • Yard waste is still collected on the same day as recycling.
  • Citizens can place more than one can OR paper yard waste bag out as long as the yard waste is properly prepared.
  • All yard waste must be in a can clearly labeled Yard Waste, or in a paper yard waste bag. Branches and brush can be tied in bundles less than 48" long.
  • Yard Waste cans and bundles cannot exceed 40 lbs.
  • Litter, construction debris and regular trash cannot be mixed in with yard waste.
  • Look up your Yard Waste and Recycling Pickup Schedule (Green and Gold).
  • Repurpose old trash cans by labeling them: Yard Waste and place them next to your recycling cart on your green or gold collection day.
  • Consider repurposing yard waste: Mulched lawn clippings can help conserving moisture and improving the fertility and health of your lawn. Composted yard waste can be used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. Compost material offers many benefits to the soil of your gardens and landscaped areas.


With the holidays coming up soon, residential collection Amnesty Weeks have been scheduled.

Residents will be permitted to set out additional trash in sealed plastic trash bags next to their approved City-provided container. Amnesty Weeks are centered around holidays when households typically generate more trash than normal.

Upcoming Amnesty Weeks for 2013 and 2014 include:

  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 2013
  • Winter Holidays: Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 3, 2014
  • Memorial Day: May 27-31, 2014
  • Independence Day: July 5 - 11, 2014
  • Labor Day: Sept. 2-6, 2014


With the new trash changes, residents can save space in their trash cart and help the community by recycling!

Many of the items tossed in trash carts can be recycled which can significantly reduce the amount of trash thrown away in residential trash carts. Residents should continue to fill their recycling carts with acceptable items on their recycling collection week and can even request a second recycling cart.


  • Changes that Council previously approved to the municipal code take effect on October 7, 2013.
  • Nearly 90,000 trash carts have been delivered to residents since the program began in April.
  • About 3,200 95-gallon carts remain to be swapped.
  • Recycling acceptable items can significantly reduce the amount of trash thrown away in carts. Residents can request a second recycling cart.

Residents may call 591-6000 to request an additional recycling cart, report any problems with their new trash carts or request to swap for a larger or smaller cart.