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Household Trash, Recycling, and Yard Services
Lakeland believes in the importance of keeping a clean and green community. Therefore we offer 3 services in one collection! We provide pick up of garbage, recycling, and yard waste.

Lakeland contracts with Republic Services for the collection and disposal of residents' household rubbish, garbage, recycling, and yard waste.

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
What Can I Recycle?
What Should I NOT Recycle?
Get Caught Recycling Program
Yard Waste Services
Landfill Pass Voucher
January - March 2013 Newsletter
Trash and Recyclables Collection Rules and Regulations

Household Trash

Want A New Service?

  • On the scheduled trash day, ALL containers must be left on the curb by 7:00 AM

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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.
  • DO NOT put garbage in the yard waste container or yard waste in the garbage container. It will not be collected.
  • Small appliances may be placed in your 95-gallon container OR left on the curb with regular trash.
  • Appliances or furniture larger than 75 pounds:
    • 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.
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 4. Containers must be placed at least 6 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.
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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 will not be replaced.

 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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18-gallon Recycling Container 
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*Some containers are blue


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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 to ensure you have a recycling container today!

What Can I Recycle?

 Item Specifics   
  • Food or Beverage jars and bottles
  • Brown, Green, or Clear glass
  • Tin cans
  • Steel cans
  • Tin-plated food and beverage containers
Aluminum or
  • Used aluminum beverage containers
  • TV dinner trays
  • Foil and foil packaging clean of food 
  •  Stamped PET, PETE, or HDPE
  • 1 or 2 plastics such as:
    • Milk jugs, soda bottles, water and juice jugs 
    • Detergent and soap bottles (w/caps & labels)
  • Old newspapers and inserts
  • Magazines
  • Brown paper bags
  • Junk mail (be careful with personal information)
  • Office paper
  • Phone books
  • Computer paper 

  • Small, uncoated boxes
  • Cereal and shoe boxes
  • Broken down boxes cannot exceed 24''x 36'' in size 

Please make sure all containers are clear of food and beverage.

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 for its residents.

What Services Are Provided?
    1. A 95-gallon container to put all grass clippings, leaves, small limbs, and branches. DO NOT put garbage in the yard waste container; it will not be collected.
    2. Residents can place as many bags of yard waste as they wish around the full yard container.
    3. Free charge for the removal of bagged grass, leaves, or small branches.
      • These bagged materials cannot exceed fifty (50) pounds in weight and must be in bags that can contain the materials without breaking. 
      • If they exceed the weight limit or cannot be physically picked up by Republic Services drivers, they are considered bulk pick up and requires a $25 charge for a scheduled pick up by Republic Services.

There is a $25 charge (for the first 30 minutes of collection, $10 for every 5 minutes after) for ALL yard waste that is left unbagged on the curb or exceed the fifty (50) pound weight limit and cannot be physically removed by a Republic Services worker. Republic Services MUST be called to schedule a pick up/collection of this yard waste. They can be reached at 901-794-3800.

 Landfill Pass Voucher
The Landfill Pass Voucher entitles Lakeland Residents access to the BFI North Shelby County Landfill Facility without charge for disposal of one load of residential municipal waste.
  1. Valid for waste not exceeding a regular size pick-up truck bed or trailer (8ft by 4ft wide)
  2. Subject to landfill restrictions and regulations of the City of Lakeland Voucher Municipal Waste Disposal Program
  3. All waste loads must be covered during transportation
7111 Old Millington Road, Memphis, TN
Hours of Operation: M-f, 6am - 4:30pm; Sat, 7am - 12:30pm; Sun, Closed
Call City Hall at 901-867-2717 for more information.