Program Rules and Cart Maintenance

City residents will receive one refuse cart and one recycling cart. Customers may select their refuse cart size based on their individual disposal habits.

Carts are the property of the City of Tulsa. Each cart is assigned to a customer address and must remain at that location. If a customer moves to another residence within the City of Tulsa, they may call (918) 596-9777 to establish collection service at their new address.

Program Rules:

  • Substantially bag all trash before placing it in your cart.
  • Yard waste that is placed in your cart must be bagged.
  • Tie any brush in 4-feet-by-2-feet bundles weighing no more than 40lbs. and place at the curb.
  • Set out your trash before 6 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Only City-issued carts will be serviced.
  • Soiled diapers, cat litter, fish cleanings, wet garbage and excreta (human or animal) must be in sealed bags.
  • All hypodermic needles and other sharp medical waste must be placed in a rigid, sealed containers (such as a pop bottle or laundry detergent bottle) before discarding into your trash container.
  • Bag loose materials such as sawdust and cold ash.
  • Completely close trash cart lid before pickup.
  • Place cart with lid opening toward the street (handle facing away from street).
  • Remove your trash cart from the curb no later than midnight on your collection day.
  • Please leave 3 feet of space between your trash and recycling carts, and any obstructions (e.g., light pole, landscaping, basketball goal, trees, vehicles, mailboxes).
  • Secure pets on collection day if they present a threat to the refuse collector.
  • Leave gates unlocked and access unobstructed for backyard collection.

Items Not Accepted:

  • Hazardous chemicals, car batteries, paints, radioactive¬†waste, oil, or construction debris in your cart.
  • Items on top of your trash cart.

Trash Cart Care And Maintenance

  • Cleanliness of cart is your responsibility.
  • Carts cannot be modified in any way.
  • Cart repair is provided by the City of Tulsa.
  • Normal wear and tear are covered under a 10-year warranty.
  • If your cart is damaged or stolen, please call (918) 596-9777. A new or repaired cart will be issued.