Montgomery, Alabama provides trash and recycling collection services to around 70,000 households each week. The city follows all state, federal, and local regulations and policies related to sanitation services. This article provides an overview of trash and recycling schedules, holiday changes, bulk pickup, drop-off locations, route maps, and other key details for Montgomery residents.
Regular Trash and Recycling Schedules
Garbage Collection: Twice per week on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday. Garbage includes food waste, plastics, paper, cardboard boxes, and other standard household trash.
Trash Collection: Once per week on Monday through Friday depending on location. Trash includes items like furniture, appliances, yard waste, and other bulky items.
Recycling Collection: Twice per month on Saturdays from 7am – 1:30pm at drop-off locations. Recyclables include plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, and metals.
Holiday Schedule Changes
The trash and recycling schedule in Montgomery changes on holidays when city offices are closed.
On holiday weeks, there is no scheduled trash pickup and curbside trash is only collected as time permits. Recycling drop-off points remain open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 7am – 1:30pm.
For holidays falling on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday:
- Monday/Thursday garbage routes are collected on Tuesday and Thursday
- Tuesday/Friday garbage routes are collected on Wednesday and Friday
- No scheduled trash pickup
For holidays falling on Friday:
- Normal Monday through Thursday collection
- No collection on Friday
- Friday trash routes are collected on Saturday
View the full holiday schedule for changes to trash and recycling collection in Montgomery. Key dates include:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Bulk Trash Pickup
Montgomery provides bulk trash pickup on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 7am to 1:30pm. Bulk trash includes items like:
- Yard waste
- Construction debris
- Other large items
Bulk items must be separated before dropping off. Keep different materials like yard waste, metals, appliances, mattresses, etc. in separate piles. Do not dump trash outside the collection points.
Key Rules and Regulations
Montgomery residents must follow certain rules for trash and recycling collection:
- All garbage must be bagged – no loose trash
- Place bins at the curb no earlier than 3pm the day before pickup
- Retrieve bins from the curb by 6am the day after collection
- Keep trash and recycling containers 10 feet apart at the curb
- Yard waste must be bundled (4 feet max) or bagged
- Bulk items must be separated by material type
- No hazardous waste can be collected as bulk trash
Violations may result in fines or service stoppage. Review the full list of sanitation guidelines for Montgomery.
Contact the Sanitation Department with any questions about trash and recycling collection in Montgomery:
PO Box 1111
Montgomery, AL 36101
Phone: 334-625-2751 or 334-625-2752
Email: [email protected]
In addition to curbside collection and Saturday drop-offs, Montgomery residents can bring recyclables to the following recycle centers:
Eastmont Recycling Center
2301 Coliseum Parkway
North Montgomery Recycle Center
3700 Norman Bridge Rd
These centers accept plastics, paper, cardboard, glass, metals, styrofoam, batteries, lightbulbs, electronics, used oil, and more for drop-off recycling.
Review the recycling guidelines to learn what items are accepted.
Household garbage collected in Montgomery is brought to the East Montgomery Sanitary Landfill located at 10300 County Dump Rd. The landfill is open Monday – Saturday from 6:30am to 4:30pm.
Residents can dispose of household garbage and yard waste at the landfill for a fee during open hours. Review the landfill fees and guidelines for more details.
The landfill does not accept hazardous materials, appliances, tires, or other banned items. Drop-off recycling for Montgomery residents is also available at the landfill during open hours.
Keeping Montgomery Clean
Proper disposal of trash, recycling, and bulk items is key to keeping neighborhoods and public spaces clean across Montgomery. Residents should follow all garbage collection rules and utilize curbside pickup services, drop-off locations, and recycle centers.
To prevent litter, keep trash contained and securely bagged. Report any illegal dumping or sanitation issues by calling 334-625-2800. Working together, we can maintain a healthy environment and clean community for all Montgomery residents.