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CITY TRASH SERVICE

Trash Service is maintained by City Hall and all issues need to be reported to the City Collector. If you need trash service, please call 417-548-7242.

To ensure your trash is picked up:

  • Only use GFL provided poly carts

  • We encourage poly carts to be set out Tuesday evenings. Pick up begins as early as 5am on Wednesday mornings.

  • Set the poly cart no more than 3 feet from the street with the hinges facing your house.

  • Make sure there are no cars or other obstacles between the poly cart and the trash truck.

  • The side of the cart with the lid hinges should be faced towards the house.

  • Set your poly cart so the front is less than 3 feet from the street.

  • Don’t overload your poly cart.  The max weight of contents cannot be more than 200 pounds.

  • Trash from outside of the city cannot be disposed of in a city receptacle.

  • Pull the cart away from the street by the evening of trash pickup day and return it to your house.

Trash Overflowing?

  • For recyclable items, there is a green recycling trailer located in a vacant lot close to the NE corner of the 5th St and Center St intersection that you can deposit sorted paper, cardboard and plastic products free of charge.

  • An additional poly cart for your address can be obtained from the city for $6 a month. Call City Hall for more details.

  • We also have a dumpster for larger items or uncommon spikes in trash needs. This is a free service to citizens so make sure you contact City Hall to take advantage of this program.

RECYCLING PROGRAM

When recycling in the city, we offer a few privileged opportunities and locations where you may do so. 

PAPER, CARDBOARD, & PLASTIC

To recycle paper, cardboard, & plastic, a green trailer offered by Innovative Industries of Carthage, MO is located on a grassy lot just off the southeast corner of the Square near 5th St / Center St. The trailer is separated into 3 different compartments for each specific type of recyclable item. The trailer is swapped out on a monthly basis and we kindly ask our folks utilizing this privileged opportunity to not place trash in this trailer to help keep the area and equipment clean. 

APPLIANCES, E-WASTE, AND LARGE SCRAP METAL

While the City does not currently offer a designated location for recycling appliances,
E-Waste and large scrap metal items, there are a few opportunities provided to help our folks rid of these unwanted items:

  • Annual E-Waste Collection Day - once a year the City attempts to provide a time and location for folks to dispose unwanted appliances and large electronic items that cannot be placed in the regular trash system. To find more information about this opportunity, please contact City Hall. 

  • Local Scrappers - Contact City Hall. 

The City has established outlets for other types of waste streams including:

  • Concrete, rocks and stones: Contact City Hall for disposal location.

  • Yard Waste: Contact City Hall for disposal location.

  • Prescription medications: A secure disposal site is located at City Hall.

  • Needles: A secure disposal site is located at City Hall.

PUBLIC DUMPSTER USE

The public dumpster is located on the east side of the Public Works Barn located at 302 Center St. (SE of the Square). The site has a dumpster that can accept large items and large volumes of trash that exceed what a residential trash cart can accommodate.

While anyone can deposit appliances, scrap metal, and other items specifically noted as recyclables, the dumpster itself is restricted and for exclusive use by the following authorized users:

  • City residents and businesses who pay for residential trash service.

  • Non-city persons who first secure a temporary permit and pay a fee at City Hall.

  • City Organizations and departments in their official capacities.

The following persons are specifically prohibited from using this trash dumpster:

  • Non-residents bringing trash or construction debris from outside city limits.

  • Landlords without residential trash service at the address where waste is generated.

  • High Frequency / Large Volume users.  Such users can contact City Hall for information on keeping a dumpster at their location.

  • Owners performing major renovations and projects that generate an extremely large volume of construction debris.  Such users can contact City Hall for information on renting a dumpster.

What cannot be put in the dumpster:

  • Paint

  • Tires (unless split and quartered)

  • Hazardous chemicals

  • Concrete, bricks, stones, etc.

  • Yard waste

 

The City has established outlets for other types of waste streams including:

  • Concrete, rocks and stones: Contact City Hall for disposal location.

  • Yard Waste: Contact City Hall for disposal location.

  • Prescription medications: A secure disposal site is located at City Hall.

  • Needles: A secure disposal site is located at City Hall.

Hours of Operation:

  • Open daily from 6 am to 10 pm unless otherwise noted by a clearly visible sign

  • Accessing the site after hours or when noted as closed by sign will be considered trespass and result in a ticket.

Enhanced Security and Enforcement:

  • This site is monitored 24/7 with multiple cameras and the on-duty officer.

  • It will have restricted hours of operation.  Access outside of posted hours, or when noted as closed with signage, will be considered trespass and actively enforced.

  • Anyone can deposit recycle materials during open hours.  The dumpster is reserved for authorized users as noted below.  Unauthorized users will be ticketed.

  • Overfilling the dumpster or leaving trash on the ground is littering and can be ticketed.

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