Sanitation Department

Sanitation Department

Residential Trash Collection

The Sanitation Department collects trash placed at the curb for the residents of the City of Decatur once a week. The fee for trash collection and the use of the leaf collection, heavy trash collection, and the use of the compost site is $15.50 per month. If you need an additional trash cart it is $2.00 additional per month.

Heavy Trash Collection

Heavy trash collection is the first FULL week of April and the first FULL week of September. Items not collected are home improvement materials, carpeting, appliances with Freon, and electronics. Please contact the Street Department with questions regarding collection.

Yard Waste Collection

The Decatur Street Department will collect yard waste on the same day as trash collection. Items should be placed at the curb in a bag or container, and cannot weigh more than 30 pounds. This collection runs from early April until leaf collection starts in October.  Acceptable yard waste items include:  grass clippings, flower clippings, weeds, and shrub clippings. The City's compost site is located behind the Riverside Center, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for drop off of unwanted yard waste.

Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling for residences in the city pickup will be every other week, on the same day as your regular trash pickup. Recycling will not be collected from apartments or businesses.

Click on "Decatur Curbside Recycling Card" in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this page to view the recycling informational card.

Decatur Curbside Recycling

Please help make curbside recycling easier by following the guidelines below. You do not need to separate by materials.

Empty/rinse all cans; label removal not necessary
Accept - Aluminum cans and bottles, tin cans
Do not accept - Aluminum pans or foil, empty paint cans, aerosol cans

Empty/rinse all containers, remove lids, label removal not necessary
Accept - Food/beverage bottles and jars
Do not accept - Window glass, ceramics, china, drinking glasses

Separate newspaper, mixed paper and cardboard (please break down)
Accept - Newspaper, inserts, cardboard, paperboard (food boxes), junk mail, catalogs, office and school paper, phonebooks, books and magazines
Do not accept - Paper contaminated with food/grease, tissue paper and gift wrap, pop/beer can cases, milk and juice cartons

Empty and rinse all containers
Accept - No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 - Food, beverage and household bottles, jugs, laundry bottles, dairy containers and lids, deli, bakery and produce containers and lids
Do not accept - No. 6
Do not accept - Plastic bags, wraps or film, styrofoam, motor oil bottles


Jeremy Gilbert, Operations Manager/Superintendent
Jeremy Gilbert, Operations Manager/Superintendent
Recycling Drop Off  at Decatur Public Works Dept., 809 W Elm St.
Recycling Drop Off at Decatur Public Works Dept., 809 W Elm St.
Changes to Trash collection Part 1
Changes to Trash collection Part 1
Changes to Trash collection Part 2
Changes to Trash collection Part 2


Operations Manager/Superintendent
Jeremy Gilbert


2024 Recycling Schedule

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