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General Rules

  • All waste material including garbage, refuse and recycling will be collected once a week at the curb.
  • Brush and tree trimmings are collected on a frequent (not weekly) basis.  Please place items on the curb on your regular collection day. Please note that during periods following storm events or major pruning times – delays may be experienced due to the higher volume of materials. Every effort will be made to collect brush materials within two weeks of placing items on the curb lawn.  We encourage residents to cut brush and limbs into 4′ lengths and stack it in manageable piles.
  • One garbage cart and one recycle cart are provided by the City of Elyria.  Extra carts can be purchased through the Elyria Public Utilties office (131 Court St.) at a cost of fifty dollars each.
  • All garbage, refuse should be placed in the black cart.
  • All recyclable material should be placed in the green cart.
  • Refuse may be placed curbside no sooner than 5:00 p.m. the day prior to collection, but no later than 7:00 a.m. on your collection day, regardless of the actual time of collection. The City cannot guarantee pick-up of items placed curbside after 7:00 a.m. since pick-up begins at that time.
  • Please keep three feet of clearance around cart for easy access.  Place wheels facing away from the street.
  • Carts must be removed from the tree lawn the same day collection is made per ordinance 959.16
  • The following items will not be collected grass, sod, lead-acid batteries, vehicle parts, rocks or large stones, building and/or demolition materials left by contractors, flammable liquids, paint, poisonous or explosive substances, or any matter or substance other than refuse.
  • Household hazardous waste, paint, e-scrap, tires, fluorescent bulbs will not be collected.  These items can be taken to the Lorain County Solid Waste Department, located at 540 South Abbe Rd., Elyria.
  • Delays in collection may occur occasionally due to inclement weather or official holidays.
  • For questions call the Sanitation Department at 440.322.3895


Sanitation Rules and Regulations