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Household Trash, Recycling, and Yard Services

Lakeland believes in the importance of keeping a clean and green community.
We offer 3-in-1 services (garbage, recycling, and yard waste) through one company.

For these services, a fee is added to your monthly utility bill from Memphis Light, Gas and Water.

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Want a New Service?
What are Acceptable Materials for Waste Collection?
The Do's and Don'ts of Garbage Disposal
Yard Waste Services
Other Items (mattresses, couches, cardboard boxes, etc)
Landfill Pass Voucher

Update to Republic Trash Services:

Collection Route/Schedule Map (PDF). Scroll down for info on tree limb removal.
Recycling schedule posted
Scroll down to Recycling section for other info.
Schedule based on Areas A & B.

Trash and recyclables collection rules and regulations, here.

For Bulk Waste Pickup,
call 901-867-5409. Click here for details.
Contractor note:

All contractor and builder waste must be removed by the contractor.

Household Trash

Need New Service?

To request services, call City Hall at 901-867-2717

To determine your collection day, contact City Hall or see the Collection Route/Schedule Map (PDF)

On the scheduled trash day, ALL containers must be left on the curb by 7 AM.

As of 7/14, Lakeland homes will be serviced by one-man, automatic vehicles, where the driver mechanically empties the cart without getting out of the truck. The trash cart lid must be closed and bags should not be placed on top of cart. The cart handle should face your house, not the street (arrows should face the street). Place your cart 4 feet from the curb and free of overhead obstructions such as wires and fixed objects such as mailboxes or hydrants.


Please NOTE:

There is no need to separate household garbage from yard waste.
They are collected by the same truck at the same time.

Please bag your trash before putting into trash bins.

What Are Acceptable Materials for Waste Collection?

Household garbage (trash) is defined as anything from waste cans inside your home and bagged trash that can be placed in the garbage container.
  • DO NOT put hot coals or ashes in your container.
  • DO NOT put construction materials, rocks, dirt, or concrete in your container. It will not be collected.
  • DO NOT put car batteries, paint, tires, large auto parts, and dead animals in your container. It will not be collected. For info on deceased, roadside animals, click here.   
  • DO NOT put loose medical sharps in your regular trash cart. Click here for disposal info.   
  • YOU MAY put garbage in the yard waste container or yard waste in the garbage container. It all goes into the same truck at the same time.
  • Small appliances may be placed in your 95-gallon container OR left on the curb with regular trash.
  • Appliances, furniture, and other bulk items:
    • Call City Hall at 901-867-5409 to schedule pickup.
    • This is a FREE service with the exception of going over 10 cubic yards. Also, there is a $25 fee for appliances. All the details are here.
  • For more information on what to do with Household Hazardous Waste, please click here.


The Do's and Don'ts of Waste Collection

 1. Please make sure all containers are placed on the curb appropriately for pick up.
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 2. Clear the curb of vehicles or any other items that can inhibit the crew from accessing the container and returning it safely.
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 3. Please make sure the front of your garbage container is facing the street with the handle towards your property for collection (arrows facing the street). The top must be closed and do not put bags on top. This is important because an automated truck empties the carts.
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 4. Containers must be placed at least 4 feet away from obstructions such as mailboxes, water meters, trees, and shrubs.
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 5. Please put all extra garbage into bags and place around the garbage container. In reference to the photos below: Please do not use the 18-gallon recycling bins after 7/14. Republic provides a 96 gallon recycling cart (picked up bi-weekly).
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  • If you have a damaged container, please call the City of Lakeland at 901-867-2717 to get a replacement. Dirty trash containers are not a reason for replacement and will not be replaced.
  • More information about the trash and recyclables collection, here.

 Our Containers
 95-gallon Trash Container
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*Some containers
have a red lid
 95-gallon Yard Waste Container
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Please NOTE:
The trash and yard waste bins
can be used interchangeably.
No need to separate household garbage
from yard debris because as of 7/14, it all goes into the same truck at the same time.

96-gallon Recycling Container 
is the blue cart with dark green lid
that says "Recycling"


Recycling is important to the City of Lakeland and the environment as a whole.
It is an essential part of sustaining the cleanliness and livelihood of our community. 

Recycling is provided as a an added service in the sanitation program. 

            Please call 901-867-2717 if you need a recycling cart!

As of 7/14, Lakeland uses a recycling cart vs. an 18-gallon bin.
Recycling schedule posted, here.


Please make sure all containers are clear of food and beverage. Place glass in paper bag, if possible.

From the Keep America (& Lakeland) Beautiful Campaigns:

The "I Want To Be Recycled” Campaign website provides updated educational information about how to recycle often and recycle right.  

Recycling is one way to keep litter from ending up roadside or in our streams.

play_button.pngClick here for a PSA message about recycling beyond the kitchen, including personal care products in the bathroom. Here is another 30-second clip...

Keep Lakeland Beautiful webpage, on this site:

Yard Waste

The City of Lakeland provides yard waste disposal as a part of its 3-n-1 sanitation program.

What Services Are Provided?

A 95-gallon container is provided to put all grass clippings, leaves, small limbs, and branches. A
s of 7/14, you MAY put garbage in the yard waste container and vice versa. They both go into the same truck at the same time. Reminder: Do not put anything in the recycling bin except recyclables.              

Trash and yard waste service is provided throughout the week. In addition to the carts, Republic will pick up unlimited bags of leaves (35 lbs. and under). Any limbs or branches placed in the cart must be cut to under 6 feet.

If you have extra-large limbs or excessive waste, refer to

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In addition to the carts, Republic will pick up unlimited bags of leaves (35 lbs. and under). Limbs must in the yard waste cart. The city will pick-up limbs outside the cart (see for full details).

Bulk Waste Pickup
Bulk waste including mattresses, couches, appliances, and large limbs, etc:
Call City Hall at 901-867-5409 to schedule a pickup. Details here.

NOTE: Any waste that is over 50 lbs. and/or not bagged in heavy duty yard bags is considered bulk waste (with the exception of bundled piles, noted three paragraphs above).

Free removal of up to 10 boxes, if broken down.

All contractor and builder waste must be removed by the contractor.

Landfill Vouchers No Longer Available

Lakeland no longer offers Landfill Pass Vouchers, but please contact the BFI North Shelby County Landfill Facility at 901-872-8244 for information on disposal of residential municipal waste.
7111 Old Millington Road, Memphis, TN
Hours of Operation: M-F, 6am - 4:30pm; Sat, 7am - 12:30pm; Sun, Closed

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