Collection Information

Household Responsibilities for Refuse Collection

  • All trash needs to be set out by 12:00 am on your day of pick up.
  • All trash must be placed inside the cart with the lid completely closed.
    The City will not pick up any refuse placed beside the toter unless you have scheduled a BULK PICK-UP (see guidelines below).
  • On your trash day place your toter within 5 ft. of the curb or alley.
  • Face the handle towards your property and lid arrows pointing towards the street.
  • The toter must be at least 3 ft. away from all other objects and have a minimum of 10 ft. of height clearance from utility lines or trees.
  • Protecting the cart is the responsibility of the resident. After your trash is collected, remove your toter from the street area. Keep it clean and always bag your trash before putting it inside.
    The City reserves the right to charge for carts that are damaged through neglect, vandalism, or abuse.

Refuse Toters

  • Additional toters are available, and the added charge for servicing will only be a 50% increase to the waste portion only on your bill.
  • Extra waste set out near your cart will not be collected. If bulk item collection is needed, simply schedule for the pickup by contacting the Sanitation Department at 937-382-6474.

Prohibited Materials

  • Hot embers
  • Dirt
  • Rocks
  • Compost
  • Large construction/demolition debris
  • Paints
  • Oils
  • Hazardous materials
  • Electronics/batteries


The City of Wilmington maintains an Ohio EPA regulated Class IV composting site for use by Wilmington residents. Residents may bring yard waste loads containing no other trash or debris to our facility.

As part of its service, the City will, also collect;

  • leaves
  • prunings
  • grass clippings
  • weeds

These items MUST be placed in paper yard waste bags which are purchased from the City of Wilmington.
The bags are $2.00 each and can only be purchased at the following locations;
Ace Hardware  – 1268 Rombach Avenue
Utility Billing Department – 69 N. South Street
City Landfill  – 397 S. Nelson Avenue

The City will not pick up any other type of bag from any other retailer.


  • Small amounts of brush will be picked up as part of the regular yard waste collection service, at no extra charge.
  • Brush and limbs must be cut in no longer than 4′ lengths and bundled tightly with twine. Bundles must be easy for one person to lift and throw into a dump truck.
  • It is not the intent of the service to provide for removal of entire trees.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees will be collected at no charge when placed in your normal trash location area. Weather permitting, this is normally done during the first two weeks of January.

Bulky Items and Special Pickups

You MUST schedule a bulk pick-up with the landfill staff by calling 937-382-6474 between 7:00am-3:00pm. If you do not schedule a bulk pick-up with the office, your item will not be removed.

The City will provide collection of large, bulky household items such as mattresses, furniture, carpet and appliances with the exception of;

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Air conditioners

This bulky item pickup service is provided for those residents who occasionally have one of these items and is limited to the collection of three (3) bulky items per year, not for large quantities such as when a resident or renter moves or cleans up a property. After three (3) bulk items, there will be an additional charge of $15 per item, or a yardage charge will be assessed for multiple items.

When a large volume is involved, all such items must be hauled to the Wilmington Landfill by the property owner or tenant.


Carpet collected at curbside must be;

  • Cut and rolled into no longer than 4’ lengths
  • Be no more than 10” in diameter,
  • Wrapped in plastic
  • Tied with twine
  • Sized so one person is able to lift into a dump truck

The collection of up to 10 rolls of carpet will be considered one (1) bulk item.

Curbside Recycling- Residential and Commercial

In an effort to make recycling more convenient to all of Wilmington’s residents, a

voluntary curbside recycling program has been implemented using larger toters.  
Recyclables are picked up weekly on regular refuse pick-up days.

The City of Wilmington’s Commercial Curbside recycling program is designed to make recycling more convenient for all Wilmington Businesses and Multi-family dwellings. To request a recycling container, please contact the Sanitation Department at 937-382-6474 or you can pick one up at 397 South Nelson Avenue Monday through Friday from 7am-3pm.

Non-Collectible Refuse

Regular waste collection service and special pickup does not include;

  • building/construction material
  • lumber
  • shingles
  • plywood
  • tiles
  • drywall
  • windows
  • toilets
  • bathtubs

For information on disposal of these items, please call the Wilmington Landfill at 382-6474.


  • fencing
  • concrete
  • bricks
  • rocks
  • dirt
  • sand
  • tires
  • car batteries
  • appliances that contained Freon (air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators).

Holiday Collection

If your refuse pick-up day falls on a holiday, it will be collected the next business day. 

Holidays include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Holiday pickup schedules are published in the Wilmington News Journal and are broadcast on the government access channel (Channel 15 for Time Warner subscribers). If your refuse pick-up day falls on a holiday, it will be collected the next business day.

If you have further questions regarding  holiday trash pickup scheduling, please contact the Landfill at 382-6474

For additional information on waste disposal, please call 382-6474.