Trash & Recycling

Trash, recycling and yard waste are collected every Tuesday, unless it’s a holiday week.

If a holiday falls on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, services will be delayed one day and we’ll collect your materials on Wednesday. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, there will be no change in the scheduled pick-up day.

You can check the pick up schedule below.

Follow these tips to make sure your materials are collected:

  • Place containers at the end of your driveway by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled pick-up day.
  • Do not bundle or bag recyclable materials — place them loosely in recycling bins.
  • Return plastic grocery bags to grocery stores — do not put them in curbside recycling.
    • Check the list of recyclable materials below for other items we can’t collect.
  • Put yard waste in brown paper bags or containers clearly marked with yard waste stickers, which are available at 3800 Municipal Way.
  • Containers should not weigh more than 50 pounds.

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The City of Hilliard wants to make proper recycling as easy as possible for you so we provide each resident with recycling containers to place acceptable items in for recycling.  Please place these containers at the curb on your recycling day under the same guidelines as your trash.  If your recycling container becomes damaged or if you need an additional container, please call (614) 876-7361.

Don’t just recycle. Recycle Right.

It’s not only important to recycle. It’s important to Recycle Right.

By only recycling materials that are accepted at the recycling facility, your recycling will make more of an impact.  SWACO’s “RECYCLE RIGHT” campaign makes proper recycling easy by giving you a comprehensive list of what should and what shouldn’t go in your recycling container.  For more information about “RECYCLE RIGHT,” please visit here.

SWACO recycling fact sheet

Questions about Proper Recycling?

Have a question about what’s accepted or not accepted for recycling? Visit SWACO’s Frequently Asked Questions page here.

Have an Unwanted or Hard to Recycle Items?

Visit SWACO’s “Reuse and Recycling Search Tool” to find the best solution for your unwanted item.

Bulk Items

Furniture, carpeting, mattresses, box springs and other bulk items will be collected with the regular trash when placed at the curb.  Any upholstered items (including mattresses and box springs) must be wrapped in plastic.

To learn more about what is acceptable in your trash, and how to properly dispose of or recycle items that do not belong in the trash, please visit SWACO’s website at and click on the “Diversion” tab.

SWACO recycling fact sheet

Yard Waste

Leaves, grass clippings, shrubs, weeds and brush, and twigs and small branches are all considered yard waste and are not accepted at the landfill.

Yard waste should be placed at the curb on your normal yard waste collection day and should be cut into lengths less than 4 feet.




Do not place yard waste in plastic bags – use only biodegradable paper bags (available from hardware and grocery stores) or clearly marked rigid containers.

Acceptable Yard Waste Items:

  • Leaves
  • Grass Clippings
  • Shrubs
  • Weeds and Brush
  • Shrubbery
  • Twigs and small branches (less than four inches in diameter)
  • Christmas trees – whole trees, no decorations, no lights, no tinsel, no garland. Do not place trees in plastic bags.

Unacceptable Items:

Only yard waste is permitted in yard waste bags and containers.  Please do not place food/pet waste, dirt or rocks, plastic bags or bottles, sod, soil, or plastic plant pots into yard waste bags or containers. Please do not use plastic bags to collect yard waste. Keep it loose or use compostable bags.

Chipper Service

Weekly chipper service occurs April through October, weather permitting. Last day of chipper service will be Friday, October 18. To utilize the chipper service, residents should place their tree limbs and shrub clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on the scheduled day of service. Trimmings must be at least 4 feet long. Piles should not include vines, thorns, roots, grass of any kind, and foreign materials such as metal, lumber, nails, wire, string, rope, or staples. When a tree service or landscape company is hired to cut down trees or clear areas, they are solely responsible for that removal.

The weekly chipper service schedule is as follows:

Monday – Orange

Tuesday – Green

Wednesday – Blue

Thursday – Purple

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Glass bottles and jars Plastic grocery bags
Cartons Window glass
Metal cans Tanglers such as hoses, hangers and wires
Newspapers, inserts and magazines Tires
Plastic bottles and jugs Lead acid batteries
Brown paper grocery sacks Large car parts
Paper and cardboards Hazardous waste
Phonebooks Liquid paints
Cups such as coffee, yogurt and solo cups

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