How Holidays Affect Trash Collection in Oklahoma City



Holidays can disrupt normal trash and recycling collection schedules for Oklahoma City residents. This guide covers how major holidays impact trash pickup and provides resources to check your adjusted collection day.

The City of Oklahoma City provides trash, recycling, and bulk waste collection services to over 200,000 households.

Oklahoma City Holidays That Affect Trash Pickup

The following major holidays affect trash collection in Oklahoma City:

  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November)
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

On these holidays, trash pickup slides by one day until catching up at the end of the week.

For example, if your normal pickup day is Thursday and the holiday falls on Thursday, Thursday pickup will slide to Friday. Friday pickup moves to Saturday.

The official Oklahoma City holiday trash makeup schedule for 2023 is:

Holiday Date Makeup Day
Veterans Day Friday, November 10 Normal collection
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23 Saturday, November 25
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 24 Normal collection
Christmas Day Monday, December 25 Wednesday, December 27

View the full holiday collection schedule on the OKC website.

Checking Your Trash Collection Day

With holidays changing pickup days, how can you confirm when your trash will be collected?

The City of Oklahoma City offers two easy ways to look up your personalized trash schedule:

  • Use the My Trash Day tool on the OKC website. Enter your address and the site will show your regular collection days and upcoming modified days.

  • Call the City’s Utilities Customer Service line at (405) 297-2833. Give your address and staff can provide your adjusted collection days.

Other options are downloading the OKC app or checking social media – the city posts reminders of impacted collection days before holidays.

Holiday Schedule Tips for Oklahoma City Residents

Follow these tips to ensure your trash is collected without issue on holidays in OKC:

  • Review the holiday makeup schedule at the start of each year and note which holidays impact collection.

  • Mark your calendar with adjusted collection days as holidays approach.

  • Confirm your makeup days using the My Trash Day tool or calling the city.

  • Take bins to the curb the evening before your adjusted collection day. Don’t set bins out early.

  • Avoid overfilling bins on adjusted pickup days to prevent trash overflow.

  • Hold bulky items and excess waste until your normal collection day returns.

  • Report any missed collections promptly using the OKC Action Center.

  • Consider extra recycling to cut down on trash during adjusted collections.

With some planning and preparation, you can ensure trash collection continues as smoothly as possible on OKC holidays. Check the makeup schedule each year and reference city resources to confirm your adjusted pickup days.

Contact Information for Oklahoma City Trash Collection

For additional information on Oklahoma City trash and recycling programs, contact:

City of Oklahoma City Utilities Department
420 W Main St #700
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 297-2833
[email protected]

You can also find trash and recycling resources on the OKC Utilities Department website. This includes collection schedules, guidelines on what can be recycled, bulk waste pickup, holiday schedules, and more.

For issues with missed collections or related inquiries, contact the OKC Action Center.

By understanding Oklahoma City’s holiday trash collection policies and leveraging city resources to confirm adjusted schedules, you can keep your household waste under control even around holidays. Contact the city Utilities Department or Action Center with any questions.


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