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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 services (garbage, recycling, and yard waste) through one company, Republic Services.

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

Update to Republic Trash Services:
Information here, plus updated Collection Route/Schedule Map (PDF). Scroll down for info on tree limb removal.

Recycling schedule postedhere. Scroll down to Recycling section for other info.
Scheduled based on Areas A & B.
Trash and Recyclables Collection Rules and Regulations, here.

Contractor note:
All contractor and builder waste must be removed by the contractor.
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Want a New Service?
What are Acceptable Materials for Waste Collection?
The Do's and Don'ts of Garbage Disposal
What Can I Recycle?
What Should I NOT Recycle?
Yard Waste Services
Other Items (mattresses, couches, cardboard boxes, etc)
Landfill Pass Voucher

Household Trash

Need New Service?
  • To request services, call City Hall at 901-867-2717

  • 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.

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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 Republic Services at 901-794-3800 to arrange a special pick-up
    • Any appliances containing refrigerants (i.e. refrigerators, air conditioning systems) must be drained and tagged by a licensed technician in order for it to be picked up.
      • It is recommended that when purchasing such appliances, you make sure the seller dispose of the old item at the time of purchase.
  • 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.


What Can I Recycle? (review below or click here)

 Item Specifics   
  • Food or beverage jars and bottles
  • Brown, green, or clear glass
  • PLEASE RINSE: Must be clear of all food/liquid
  • Place in paper bag, if possible
  • Tin cans (rinse & remove label) 
  • Steel cans (rinse & remove label)
  • Tin-plated food and beverage containers
Aluminum or
  • Used aluminum beverage containers
  • TV dinner trays
  • Foil and foil packaging clean of food 
  • Plastics stamped #1-7
    • Including milk jugs, soda bottles, water and juice jugs, detergent and soap bottles (w/caps & labels), frozen food bags and more. Click here for chart.
  • Old newspapers and inserts (dry)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Brown paper bags
  • Junk mail and envelopes (be careful with personal information)
  • Office & school paper (including colored paper) 
  • Phone books
  • Shredded paper (in brown paper bags)

  • Small, uncoated boxes; shoes boxes
  • Boxboard: cereal, cake & cracker boxes
  • pizza boxes (no food residue)               
  • Broken down boxes cannot exceed 24''x 24'' in size 

Here is a flyer showing accepted recyclables, at a glance. 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:

What Should I NOT Recycle?

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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 Monday through Thursday every week. In addition to the carts, Republic will pick up unlimited bags of leaves (35 lbs. and under). Limbs must be 4 ft & under, in bundled piles of 35 lbs. or less. Any limbs or branches placed in the cart must be cut to under 6 feet. All the details are here.

If you have extra-large limbs or excessive waste, see below.

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(beyond the two small bundled piles referred to above...or Friday pick-up, below)

If limbs cannot be bundled into 4-ft sections, or cannot be cut under 6 feet and placed in a cart, please call a private tree service company to get a tree limb removal quote. Republic is no longer using the "claw truck" and is only handling small bundled piles of limbs.

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In addition to the carts, Republic will pick up unlimited bags of leaves (35 lbs. and under). Limbs must be 4 ft & under, in bundled piles of 35 lbs. or less. Any limbs or branches placed in the cart must be cut to under 6 feet. All the details are here. The "claw truck" is no longer in use. For more information, call 901-876-5409 or 901-867-2717.

Other Items
Mattresses, Box Springs, Couches and Recliners: Republic charges $50 per piece, for removal.

Any waste that is over 50 lbs. and/or not bagged in heavy duty yard bags is considered bulk pick-up and will require a charge, quoted by Republic Services. Call 901-794-3800, to schedule the pick-up.

Other items not described such as carpet, wood and furniture (tables, chairs, etc.) smaller than 4ft, weighing less than 35 lbs., will require a picture to provide an estimate for bulk piles. The pile should match the picture when Republic arrives to service. If there is more than what was pictured, Republic will not service until they can get an accurate estimate. It will be serviced on your regular service day only.

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