Sanitation Guidelines




Sanitation Pickup



1.  Residential Curbside Pickup

 Residential curbside pick up will be done once a week. All household garbage shall be BAGGED and TIED. Household bagged garbage should be placed curbside, in front of your residence or designated location as determined by property owner or resident and Sanitation Department, no earlier than 5:30 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. To ensure collection that day it must be out no later than 7:30 a.m. If bagged garbage is put to the curb in a 33 gal. or less size container with a secure lid, it may be put out the night before no earlier than 6:00 p.m. Household garbage put to the curb, shall be in trash bags no larger than 33 gal., and weigh less than 50 lbs. Each household is limited to 6 bags per pickup 33 gal. or smaller. Rates will remain the same. Additional bags will be picked up at a cost of $1.00 per bag. Containers, bags, and any material not picked up, must be removed from the curb by 6:00 p.m. on your pick up day. Scheduled days which fall on a holiday will be picked up on our next business day for curbside pickup. If holiday falls on a Monday and your scheduled day is Monday, your trash will be picked up on Tuesday. If holidays fall where we are off 2 consecutive days, i.e. Thanksgiving, the first day off will be picked up on Monday. The second day off will be picked up on Tuesday. This coincides with Thursday Friday holidays. Senior Citizens, 65 or older, and physically handicapped persons, may request that the Sanitation Department carry household garbage from house at a predetermined location, i.e. carryout. Limit 2 bags household garbage. Recycling may also be requested to be carried out. Call office to request this assistance. Containers put curbside containing bagged household garbage in accordance with size and weight will have bags removed and discarded. Material other than household garbage and large pickups put at curb will be picked up with garbage at an additional cost of $8.00 per cycled hopper, with a minimum charge of $8.00. Containers with other than household garbage, 33 gal or less in size and weighing less than 50 lbs. will be removed in accordance with above proceeding provisions. Large pickups should be called in for pickup. If household garbage is left curbside on days other than your scheduled pickup, we will pick it up and an additional charge will be applied. The City of Ashland is the only authorized collector for residential collection within the City.


2. Home Sharps Users

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance suggest the following:
A person who generates sharp wastes ("sharps" include lancets, hypodermic needles, syringes, scalpel blades, and non-household glass articles that have been broken) for the purpose of their own care or treatment in their home is considered a home sharps user. For example, an insulin dependent diabetic or a terminally ill person being cared for by family members and given injections. Disposing of loose needles and syringes into the household waste poses a risk to family members and solid waste workers who must handle the waste. While Ohio law allows the disposal of sharps used by an individual for purposes of his/her own care or treatment in their home into the solid waste stream, it is important to recognize the hazard they pose to solid waste workers. Solid waste workers handle waste containers without knowledge of the contents.
It is recommended that home-generated sharps be packaged into a rigid container and marked with the wording sharps prior to disposal into the solid waste stream. Common household containers which meet the description of rigid are: liquid detergent & bleach bottles, 2 liter pop bottles, and coffee cans if the lid is securely taped to the can. In addition, the person may contact their local health department or hospital to inquire if they would accept the home generated sharps. Sharps as defined, may be disposed of into household trash, BUT NOT RECYCLING, by home sharps users, when packaged in accordance with Ohio EPA Guidelines.


3.  Recycling

Residential recycling will be done once a week completely by the City of Ashland, but not on the same day as household garbage pick up, on your scheduled day for recycling pick up. Recycling, if bagged, shall be put in clear or blue bags, 33 gallon size or smaller, weighing less than 50 lbs. Clear or blue bags are also recyclable.







1.  Newspaper – Put in paper bags or tie in bundles, ad slicks can stay in newspapers.

2.  Magazines – Same as newspaper.

3.  Books (soft & hard back) – Same as newspaper.

4.  Misc. Paper/shredded paper – Put in paper or plastic grocery bags or clear or blue trash bags.

5.  Non-corrugated cardboard/boxboard/cereal boxes/Christmas clothing boxes/1224 pack beverage containers – Flatten and tie in bundles or flatten and put inside other same type cardboard containers.

6.  Corrugated cardboard – Flatten and tie in bundles or flatten and put inside other same type cardboard containers. 

7.  Aluminum/steel/tin cans & plastic containers – These items may all go in the same bag. Rinse out food cans & drain, cans may be crushed to save space but not necessary. Aerosol cans may be included if empty. Milk jugs, water jugs, detergent, bleach & fabric softener bottles, 5 gal. buckets, with recycling code #2 on the bottom, and soda & water bottles with recycling code #1 on bottom. Rinse containers & drain, remove caps, flatten to save space. No need to remove labels or rings. Do not include oil bottles or other containers even if #2 appears on bottom. Do not include any other types of plastic. Bag & tie. Some plastic containers i.e.; soda bottles, do not have a number on them. They are although, recyclable.

8.  Plastic grocery bags/shrink & stretch film – No garbage or trash bags, no glossy finish bags – flat finish-see through type only. Bag & tie.


Please separate different classes (numbered categories) of items.


Glass/Blue, Brown, Green, or Clear Cannot be recycled at this time. Please put in with regular trash.






4.  Yard Waste

Biodegradable approved bags may be purchased at area stores. To be picked up, each bag must have a sticker. Stickers may be purchased at the Water Billing Office, 206 Claremont Ave., or Home Hardware, at a cost of $1.25 per sticker effective March 6, 2013. Yard waste only will be accepted in these bags, i.e. grass clippings, leaves, flowers, hedge trimmings, small branches cut to not protrude from bag. Only approved bags with stickers will be collected. Dirt, rocks, stones, building materials, plastic, trash etc. will NOT be accepted. Pick up will start in May and run until November on scheduled pick up days. Half the City will be picked up each Tuesday starting with the East side. The East side includes the Countryside and Woodhill area. The City divides East & West of Center and Orange Street/Troy Rd. Center and Orange/Troy, both sides, will be picked up with the West schedule. Yard waste is year round, with pick up outside regular times being picked up by calling address in. This also will be accomplished on Tuesday’s. Brush may be scheduled, through the City Arborist, for chipping. If yard waste pick up falls on a holiday, or the day after a holiday, it will be picked up on the next scheduled pick up day for yard waste, for that section of the City. See yard waste program page for schedule.


5.  Spring Clean Up

The City will be divided into 4 sections for curbside pickup. Each section will be picked up in 1 week scheduled time frames from the first of April through the end of April. All items must be put to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the first scheduled day of your section, regardless of your location in the section. All items put out after 7:00 a.m. the first day of your scheduled pickup time will be charged pursuant to the large pickup charges. Up to 3 cubic yards of material will be picked up free. There will be no fee for up to 3 cubic yards of material. 3 cubic yards is equal to an 8’ pickup, loaded to cab top. Additional amounts are charged at $8.00 per cycled hopper, which is one cycle of the rear sweep blade. Items must be reasonably handled by two adult persons and fit in to the rear of the packer truck or hopper. Only approved items will be picked up. Items to be picked up are to be placed curb side. A complete schedule will be publicized, just prior to Spring Clean up, and will be posted on the City web site.


6.  Large pickups other than Spring Clean up

Large pick ups may be scheduled through the Sanitation Office, 419-289-8728, for pick up at a rate of $8.00 per cycled hopper which is one cycle of the rear sweep blade. Items must be reasonably handled by two adult persons and fit in to the rear of the packer truck or hopper. Couches require two cycles which is two cycles of the rear sweep blade. Only approved items will be picked up. Items to be picked up are to be placed curb side.


7.  Items containing Freon

Items including such as, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc. containing Freon. Freon containing items may be scheduled through the Sanitation Office, 419-289-8728, for pickup at a rate of $15.00 per item. All Freon containing lines must be intact and no components may be removed. If Freon containing lines are cut or components removed, they will not be picked up. Refrigerators and freezers must have doors removed before placing curbside.


8.  Responsibility

Property owners are responsible for incurred charges in all cases. Containers, bags, or any material put out for scheduled pickup, not in accordance with your scheduled day for pick up, will be picked up and billed in accordance with large pick up rate. If garbage is left curbside, and it is not on your scheduled pickup day, we have to assume you want it picked up. We will pick it up and include additional charges on your monthly bill. If garbage cans are left curbside, past 6:00 p.m. on your pick up day, additional charges will be incurred and put on your monthly bill.