Household Garbage collection accepts paper products and household food waste once a week for residential customers. Please ensure the large green cart is parked curbside at least five feet five away from other carts, as well as five feet away from mailboxes, utility poles, flower beds, fences, parked cars and other obstacles. The spacing is necessary for automated trucks and drivers to safely collect trash.

Residential Bulk Trash is the collection of containerized yard waste such as grass clippings, twigs, hedge clippings, junk or rubbish. Non-hazardous building materials may also be placed curbside when there is not a contractor involved in the project. Additional costs (see Fees) may be applied for this service and will be included in the monthly fee for residential collection.


Look up your sanitation route by entering your address in the search box (top right of the sanitation route page) to see your pick-up day.


The residential garbage collection fee is $16.50 per month for a 96-gallon garbage cart.

Additional garbage carts can be obtained for $3 per month, per a one-year minimum contract.

Yard waste meeting approved specifications that is not placed in a container may be picked up for a minimum fee of $45 per cubic yard.

Yard waste piles exceeding the measurements of 10 cubic yards are considered chargeable at a rate of $45 for collection. Each additional 5 cubic yards will be charged an additional $45 fee.

All collection fees are billed onto the resident’s monthly Huntsville Utilities bill.


Place garbage carts at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection. Also, carts must be placed at least five feet away from obstructions such as mailboxes, utility poles, or parked cars, and no more than two feet from the curb or road with the arrows on the lid pointing toward the street.

All customers must use a 60 or 96-gallon automated garbage container provided by the City of Huntsville.

Containers must not contain debris other than household garbage. Unacceptable or hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals, solvents, dead animals, rocks, dirt, construction debris, or medical or biological waste will not be collected by the City of Huntsville.

Trucks will not return to collect carts that are placed out late, blocked, too close to obstructions, or contain unauthorized debris.


Trash containers and debris piles must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of collection.

Place all trash items including containers and debris piles behind the curb for collection. Do not place any debris in the road, gutter, on top of storm drains, on sidewalks, or next to utility lines/poles/boxes.

Trash containers and debris piles must not be blocked by vehicles, vegetation or other obstructions, exceed 32 gallons, or weigh more than 50 pounds.

Containers and debris piles must not contain debris other than trash or yard waste. The City of Huntsville will not collect hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals, solvents, dead animals, and medical or biological waste.

All trash or yard waste that can fit into a container must be placed in one before it will be collected.

Place boxes, furniture, appliances, household items, tree limbs, junk, and yard waste out for trash collection.

Place electrical appliances on the curb for collection such as refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters, microwaves, etc.

All building material such as planks, boards, siding, and the like, which is the result of home improvements the homeowner has done must be placed in a container for collection.

Yard waste such as grass, leaves, edge and shrubbery clippings, and building material must be placed in 32-gallon cans or bags and cannot weigh more than 50 pounds.

Tree limbs cannot exceed 5 feet in length. Tree limbs up to 10 cubic yards will be collected at no charge, with each additional 5 cubic yards costing $45 per collection.

Common items that are not collected by the City include dirt, rocks, bricks, cinder blocks, shingles, concrete, and tree limbs or trimmings resulting from land clearing.

The City will not pick up construction debris or any debris resulting from a contractor’s work or commercial project.

RELATED LINKS:   Commercial Trash Collection, Recycling, Residential Garbage   

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    Sanitation Office

    4205 East Schrimsher Lane

    Huntsville, AL 35805

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  • Email:


    Keith Robertson


  • Hours:

    Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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