Collection Preparation

  • Place your carts, bins, and curbside trash on the curb (not in storm drain) within three (3) feet of the street
  • Cart handle should face your house (not the street),
  • Position carts, bins, and curbside trash free of overhead obstructions (wires)
  • Place solid waste and recyclables at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Carts and bins should be removed by 9:p.m. on collection day.
  • Allow 4 feet between carts, bins and curbside trash and away from fixed objects (utilities, fire hydrants, mailboxes, etc.).
  • Check online or call 311 for collection day changes due to holiday or inclement weather
  • Do not block cart or curbside trash access with parked car(s).

Household Garbage (Roll Cart) Do's & Don'ts

    Garbage Can
  • Load and arrange trash items to maximize space.
  • Bag or wrap all food waste to limit odors and vectors.
  • If possible, refrigerate or freeze food wastes until collection day to limit cart odors and vectors.

  • Over load carts
  • Place uncontained food waste and other loose waste directly into cart.
  • Leave cart lids open.

  • Recycle Bin
Recycling (Gray cart with Green lid) Do's & Don'ts 


  • Follow recycling guide for list of recyclable materials. No sorting necessary.
  • FBreak down boxes and rigid containers.
  • FEmpty all bottles and cans - labels are OK and rinsing is optional.
  • FRemove and discard shrink wrap from other recyclable material


  • Place items in your cart/bin that are not listed in your recycling guide. (Unacceptable items may be left in your cart/bin for your disposal).
  • Remember – no yard waste, no hoses or cords, no Styrofoam, and no plastic bags or plastic film
  • Scavenge items from carts or bins as it is illegal.
  • Put confidential mail or paper in your recycling bin.

Appliances & Bulky Items
Place large appliances and bulky items such as refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers, and water heaters at curbside on collection day. For safety, please secure or remove appliance doors properly. It is not necessary to call the city when placing these items at curbside. Allow up to 21 days while supervisors make arrangements for collection. Your patience is appreciated.

Curbside Trash 
Yard debris may require special equipment for collection. Tree debris must be less than 5 ft in length and/or less than 13 inches in diameter. Allow up to 21 days while supervisors make arrangements for collection. Thank you for your patience.

Household Hazardous Waste
The City of Memphis supports the Shelby County’s household hazardous waste facility located at : 6305 Haley Rd, Memphis, TN 38134 See website for details.

Construction and Demolition Debris
City ordinance prohibits us from removing dirt, brick, rock, concrete, scrap, lumber, roofing, fencing materials, carpet or any other debris generated as a result of construction or demolition. Also, contractors who generate waste are required by city ordinance to remove such waste upon completion of work.  Failure to comply may result in an invoice to the property owner to cover cost for removal.

Homes serviced by the City may place up to four tires, sizes up to 11 x 22.5 at curbside for collection by the City. Tire collection may require special arrangements. Your patience is appreciated. For further information call 311.

Dead Animals 

  • Dead animal removal service is provided on City of Memphis public right of way and on City property.
  • For removal call 311.
  • No collections on Saturdays, Sundays, or City observed holidays.
  • Place deceased animal in a plastic bag on the curb (between sidewalk and curb), not in the street or gutter.
  • No collection of dead animals is provided on private property. Collection personnel are not allowed to enter private property, meaning inside homes, front yards, or back yards.
  • No dead animal collection is provided by the City in private developments, private streets, apartment complexes etc.
  • The City of Memphis does not service other municiplaties or unincorporated Shelby County.

Recycle Bin
Place leaves, grass clippings and shrubbery in disposable bags at curbside, not in the street or gutter. The City does not collect limbs or logs larger than 13 inches in diameter and/or 5 feet in length. The City recycles thousands of tons of yard waste into mulch and compost, therefore whenever possible please keep yard waste separate from non-compostable trash.

Using Yard Waste contractors
By City ordinance, independent yard waste contractors such as lawn services, tree trimmers, landscapers, etc. must remove all waste generated by their services.

Recycle Memphis!
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