Solid Waste/Recycling Collection

Trash Collection

  • Trash may be placed out on the curb in tight covered containers (not to exceed 40 pounds). This refuse may be placed in commercially-produced plastic bags which are intended for the disposal of household refuse and have a capacity of no more than thirty-two (32) gallons or it may be placed in grocery store or similar plastic bags.  Or; 
  • Trash may be placed out on the curb in the commercially produced plastic bags. All bags storing refuse of any kind, including yard waste, must be securely tied so as to prevent trash from falling out.
  • All refuse must be drained and wrapped in paper before being placed in such containers.
  • No garbage, ashes or refuse may be placed for collection before dusk of the day before collection. Empty containers must be removed prior to 6:00 p.m. on the day of collection.                       
  • Place receptacles away from parked vehicles to insure pickup.
  • All garbage and ash cans must have a handle that will extend down over the side of the can, or 2 suitable side handles, and must have securely fitted lids.
  • Place receptacles away from parked vehicles to insure pickup.
  • Oil drums, chemical containers, shortening cans, railroad spike cans, carbide cans, unsuitable plastic containers, kitchen and bathroom waste paper cans, shall not be permitted for the disposal of garbage, ashes, or rubbish.
  • All ashes must be placed in suitable watertight, metal, rubber or plastic containers and not be in excess of 40 pounds in weight. All ashes must be dry, cool enough for handling, and may not be mixed with garbage.
  • Yard waste must be placed in tight covered containers or commercially-produced plastic bags which are intended for the disposal of yard waste and have a capacity of no more than sixty-five (65) gallons with the exception of tree branches. Tree branches must be cut up or folded to a length not to exceed forty-eight (48) inches and securely tied with stout cord in suitable bundles.
  • The customer is responsible for picking up garbage, ashes, or refuse scattered or littered about as a result of upset cans, torn bags, etc.
  • A penalty of $50 is prescribed for violating any of the rules and regulations pertaining to the disposal of garbage and other household refuse. Note: There are several penalties for throwing or dumping garbage, ashes, or refuse in or upon any property in the city limits.
  • No trash is to be placed at the curb in cardboard boxes, as they tend to break up and deteriorate when wet.
  • Construction material, at the discretion of the City of Cumberland, should not be placed at the curb for pickup.
  • Rocks and dirt are not acceptable as yard waste and will not be picked up.
  • Recyclables shall be stored for collection in the manner required by the city's solid waste removal contractor. The aluminum, tin, glass and plastic set out for recycling must be placed in totes supplied by the contractor. No plastic other than containers used for household purpose which are made of number 1, 2, 4, 5 or 7 plastic may be set out for recycling. 
  • Newspapers, magazines, office paper and cardboard set out for recycling must be set out in bundles measuring no more than twenty-four (24) inches by twenty-four (24) inches. 
  • Containers, bags and bundles shall be placed in a convenient place for the garbage collectors. Refuse containers and bundles of branches placed for collection may not weigh in excess of forty (40) pounds.

Trash Collection Schedule

  • Monday and Thursday: East Side, West Side
  • Tuesday and Friday: South Cumberland
  • Wednesday and Friday: Downtown
  • Wednesday and Saturday: North Cumberland


There will be no trash or recycling collection on the following holidays

  • New Years Day 
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Curbside Recycling Program

For the best recycling experience:
  • Recycle only the items accepted (see Curbside Recycling Page
  • DO NOT mix trash in your recycling
  • No plastic bags accepted in recycling
  • Set recycling out NEXT to trash (not underneath trash)
  • Cardboard MUST be broken down no larger than 24" X 24" and bundled 
  • If using bags for recycling instead of the issued Burgmeier's Hauling tote - use only CLEAR bags & LABEL as recycling 
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