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SW-INQUIRY: New Trash and Yard Waste Service Information

              

What waste services does the City of South Bend offer?

Programs offered by Solid Waste: 

  • Trash Pick-up

  • Yard Waste Pick-up

  • Extra Trash Pick-up

  • Yard Waste Extra Pick-up

Containers to choose from: 

  • 96 gallon trash container

  • 48 gallon trash container

  • 96 gallon yard waste container

  • 48 gallon yard waste container

Guidelines:

Trash Guidelines:

  • Trash must be out by 6:00am on day of service.
  • Container must be within 2 feet of the alley line or curb side.
  • Container must not be near mailboxes, cars, trees, poles, or any other objects obstructing the access of the container. 
  • Container must be set out with the handles facing the home, away from the curb. 
  • All trash must be bagged and placed inside a City-issued container. 
  • Trash will not be picked from recycling containers or personal containers.
  • Trash will not be picked if contaminated by yard waste, dirt, paint, solvents, used motor oils, construction debris or other hazardous material. 

Yard Waste Guidelines:

  • All yard waste must fit inside City-issued yard waste containers. (Residence may order as many containers as necessary for $2/month each.)
  • Containers must be at the curb by 6:00am on day of trash service. No yard waste is collected in the alley. 
  • Yard waste totes must be set out with the handles facing the home, away from the curb. 
  • Containers must not be obstructed by mailboxes, cars, trees, poles, or any other objects obstructing access to the container. 
  • No personal containers, bags of leaves, branches, or bundles of branches will be picked. 

Extra Trash Pick-up

  • To schedule an extra trash pick-up, call 311 or fill out the web form here more than 24 hours before requested day of service. Must specify items to be collected, date requested and a working phone number. 
  • The extra trash pick-up item(s) must then be out at the curb by 6:00am on the day of service. It may not be out front more than 24 hours before the scheduled pick-up.
  • The extra trash pick-up item(s) must be out front, in an open area, unobstructed by cars, trees, powerlines, fences, poles, buildings or trash containers.
  • No prices will be quoted over the phone. Anything up to $100 will be picked without prior approval. 
  • If the item(s) are blocked or need to be moved, the customer must reschedule for the following week, ensuring that the item(s) will then be accessible. 
  • Do not put out items that are to be kept. Everything set out is assumed to be trash and will be taken without any chance of recovery. 

Yard Waste Extra Pick-up

  • Each household receives one free cubic yard of yard waste picked monthly. 
  • To schedule a yard waste extra pick-up, call 311 or fill out the web form here at least 24 hours before requested day of service. Must specify items to be collected, date requested, and a working phone number. 
  • The item(s) must be at the curb by 6:00am on the day of service. Item(s) may not be out front more than 24 hours before the scheduled pick-up.
  • The item(s) must be out front, in an open area, unobstructed by cars, trees, powerlines, fences, poles, buildings, or other containers. No items will be picked in the alley. 
  • No personal containers or any type of plastic will be picked. 
  • Items must be bagged yard waste or bundled branches. 
  • Branches must be cut to no longer than four (4) feet in length, and must be no more than four (4) inches in diameter. 
  • One cubic yard will be picked for free. Any additional cubic yards will be charged at $10.00/each. Up to $100.00 will be picked without advising the customer. 

Recycling Information

Recycling is handled by the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management District. Their website is located here. They can be reached at 574-235-9971.

How do I get more information on starting new services?

By viewing the City's website here  or by calling the City's 311 call center. 

For 311:

Attach a service request for the appropriate department, Water Works Billing for all new utilities, or Solid Waste when a resident requires only trash services.

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