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Hazardous waste

125 N. Main Street – Room #640 | Memphis, TN 38103


Solid Waste Management is responsible for the collection and disposal of all solid waste within the City following State and Federal Laws. In an ongoing effort to reduce the amount of solid waste being disposed of in Memphis area landfills, Solid Waste Management has developed and supported a variety of materials management programs and initiatives which include: curbside recycling, yard waste composting, household hazardous waste disposal and recycling drop-off centers.

Your Waste Collection Schedule


Yard Waste collection is a weekly service provided to the City of Memphis residential customers. The Solid Waste Division collects up to one half a cubic yard of bagged yard waste debris a week. This waste must be organic only. It cannot include construction debris and must be placed in a separate pile at the curb. If your yard waste debris was not serviced, please check for a warning tag. This will explain the reason the collection was not picked up. Any further questions about your pickup, call 3-1-1.


Outside the Cart, collection is a bi-monthly service for City of Memphis residential customers. Twice per month on your regular collection day, the City will pick up your yard debris in excess of two bags and outside the cart bulk waste such as tree limbs and furniture. Your weekly garbage and recycle cart collection and up to two bags of yard waste will remain on a weekly collection schedule.

Need another garbage cart? Citizens can lease an additional garbage cart for $10 dollars. 

For your convenience, Solid Waste Fee paying customers can take up to one truckload of non-hazardous waste to the landfill each month. Click here to find the closest landfill to you. Make sure to have your latest MLGW bill and picture I.D. with you.

Cart Lease Program

Residents of Memphis receiving City of Memphis solid waste services may now lease additional City issued 90-gallon garbage carts for $10.00 each per month. The fee will be added to your monthly solid waste fee on your utility bill.

  • To order a lease cart, simply print the order form and mail the completed form to the address provided on the form.
  • NOTE: Completed order forms are required, as orders will NOT be accepted by phone.
  • Commercial businesses are not eligible for the Cart Lease Program.

Solid Waste Fee and Sewer Rate Discount Guideline

Provides discounted rates for a portion of the MLGW utility bill that deals with solid waste and sewer fees for persons who are 65 and older and/or disabled and who meet income eligibility and other requirements. Applications take at least 45 days to process; after that time applicants may call the 3-1-1 Call Center to inquire about their application status.

City of Memphis Solid Waste Fee and Sewer Rate Discount Application

Complete and return the Solid Waste Fee and Sewer Rate Discount Application provided by the City of Memphis Public works, with the needed documentation; print off the application and guidelines for eligibility from the website.

Applications can be mailed in, but MUST Be Notarized; if applications are brought in person, they do not have to be notarized and can be turned in by either the applicant or by the applicant’s power of attorney.