The City of Cincinnati Department of Public Services (DPS) provides weekly garbage collection and scheduled bulk items collection for residential buildings that meet the definition of “dwelling,” as adopted by Ord. No. 41-2013. From spring to fall, DPS also provides a bi-weekly yard waste service concurrent with the recycling service. The Office of Environmental Quality provides bi-weekly recycling collection for The City of Cincinnati. Each resident is assigned a collection day (Monday to Thursday) and a recycling-yard waste week.
“Dwelling” as used in Chapter 729 shall mean a building that contains no more than four “dwelling units” and shall include an attached single-family dwelling. “Dwelling” does not include any of the following: (i) a building that contains any combination of business and residential uses other than a business use that is a home occupation as defined in CMC* Section 1401-01-H3 and that meets the requirements of CMC Section 1419-17; (ii) any building owned by a political subdivision of the State of Ohio or a federal or state agency, regardless of the number of dwelling units contained in the building; or (iii) buildings within a residential complex as defined in CMC Section 729 1-R1.
“Dwelling unit” means one or more rooms with a single kitchen designed for occupancy by one family for living and sleeping purposes. (CMC Section 1401-01-D15). “Attached single-family dwelling” means a dwelling unit that is attached to one or more dwelling units, each with independent exterior access and each with no less than two exterior walls. Attached single-family dwellings include cluster housing. (CMC Section 1401-01-A12).
All other dwelling units are considered commercial entities. All commercial entities are required to enter into a contract with a City of Cincinnati registered waste hauler for the disposal of their waste. Proof of such contract (also known as “certificate of commercial waste collection contract”) need to be provided upon request by the Director of the Department of Public Services or his designee.
Looking for information about commercial waste? Visit the Commercial Waste page for more information.
- Bulk Item Collection
Special procedures apply to items too large to fit inside your trash cart.
- Household Trash Rules
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- City Approved Cart
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Curbside recycling collection is a biweekly service in Cincinnati. Recycling can greatly reduce your volume of trash and save taxpayer money.
- Yard Waste
Curbside yard waste collection is a biweekly service in Cincinnati (on the same day as your recycling).
- Construction Debris
Do not put construction or demolition debris in your trash cart. There are landfills in Hamilton County that accept this type of waste.
- Hazardous Waste
Do not put hazardous waste in your trash cart. Hamilton County offers a drop-off program.
Examples of Hazardous items not collected by the City:
- Car batteries
- Liquid paint
- Motor oil
- Household chemicals
- Hazardous or infections waste
- Propane or other pressurized gas tanks
- Trash Cart FAQs
Frequently asked questions about changes to the City of Cincinnati's trash collection services.