Trash & Recycling

In Hilliard, trash, recycling and yard waste are collected every Tuesday, except for on certain holidays (those that fall on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday), which are noted below.

Trash Pick-Up Schedule 2020 2021
New Year's Day Fri., Jan. 1 – no delay
Martin Luther King Jr Day Mon., Jan. 18 – no delay
Memorial Day Mon., May 25 – collection will occur on Wed., May 27 Mon., May 31 – collection will occur on Wed. June 2
Independence Day Sat., July 4 – no delay Sun., July 4 – no delay
Labor Day Mon., Sept. 7 – collection will occur on Wed. Sept. 9 Mon., Sept., 6 – collection will occur on Wed. Sept. 8
Thanksgiving Thurs., Nov. 26 – no delay Thurs., Nov. 25 – no delay
Christmas Fri., Dec. 25 – no delay Sat., Nov. 25 – no delay

Follow these tips to make sure your materials are collected:

  • Place containers at the end of your driveway by 7 a.m. on the scheduled pick-up day.
  • Do not place containers on the street. Place them on the apron or edge of the tree lawn closest to the street.
  • 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

The City of Hilliard will provide a weekly citywide chipper service beginning April 13, 2020 and continuing thru October 23, 2020. The city is divided into four color-coded quadrants: orange, green, blue, and purple. A city crew will go through each quadrant one day per week (Monday through Thursday) to provide chipper service weather permitting.

The weekly chipper service schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – Orange
  • Tuesday – Green
  • Wednesday – Blue
  • Thursday – Purple

Quadrant Map

To utilize this service, residents simply need to have tree limbs and brush piled curbside by 7AM the scheduled day of their weekly chipper service. Vines, thorns, root balls, grass of any kind, and foreign materials such as metal, lumber, nails, wire, string, rope, or staples are absolutely prohibited. Any brush or tree limbs containing any of the aforementioned items will NOT be collected.

Local Waste, the City of Hilliard’s contract refuse hauler, will also continue to offer brush collection services weekly. Brush collected by Local Waste is considered as yard waste. To be picked up, material must meet yard waste criteria: brush must be cut into lengths of no longer than 4-feet, and then must be bagged, bundled, using biodegradable string or twine (no metal wire), or placed into a standard trash container used exclusively for yard waste, and labeled “YARD WASTE ONLY”. Bundles may not exceed 2-feet in diameter.  No single bundle, yard waste can, or bag may exceed 75 lbs. in weight.

When a tree service or landscape company is hired to cut down trees or clear areas, they are solely responsible for that removal.

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

The City of Hilliard Joined with Save More Than Food to Reduce Food Waste

Did you know that every day in Central Ohio nearly one million pounds of food enters the landfill? We believe that when food goes to waste – so does all the time, resources, and money that went into growing and distributing it. But together, we can make a difference. That’s why we’ve joined Save More Than Food and SWACO to cut food waste in half by 2030. Join us by signing up for the food waste newsletter and visiting the campaign website  to learn more about how you can save money, help the community and protect the environment by reducing food waste.

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