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Household Trash, Recycling, and Yard Services

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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: Team 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
Yard Waste Services
Other Items (mattresses, couches, cardboard boxes, etc)
Landfill Pass Voucher

Collection Route/Schedule Map here
...Scroll down for info on tree limb removal.

Please NOTE:
Team Waste will be servicing ALL your carts on the same day, once a week, Monday-Friday.

For example, if your pick-up day is Monday, Team Waste will be servicing your garbage, recycling, and yard waste carts, once a week...on Monday.

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.



Please NOTE:

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

Team Waste monitors when bins are emptied via use of RFID chips, within the carts. This identifies who has and has not been serviced on any particular day. It also helps identify who hasn’t moved their containers to the curb.

Please bag your trash before putting into trash bins.

What Lakeland's trash bins look like (trash, yard waste, and recycling):


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.

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.


Recycling is an essential part of sustaining the cleanliness and livelihood of our community and the environment.

Recycling is provided as part of Lakeland's sanitation program. 

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


Team Waste’s goal is to help make recycling more readily available in all areas of life. We also want to help educate the public on what can and cannot be recycled to help prevent contamination.

YOU CAN RECYCLE: Plastics (includes bottles, jars and jugs), glass (without a lid), newspaper, paper/paper products, cardboard, cartons, mail, file folders, aluminum & metal cans and foil. Items must be free of food and food residue.

YOU CANNOT RECYCLE: Plastic grocery/shopping bags, shredded paper (unless placed in paper bag), scrap metal, hazardous waste, diapers/bio-waste, Styrofoam/non-recyclable plastic, frozen food containers.

Helpful Tips:

1. Make sure bottles, containers, cans are empty – no liquid or food residue.

2. Do not put recyclables in a plastic bag/garbage bag and then place them in recycling bin/container. They will get clogged in the assembly line at the MRF.

3. Aerosol cans are not recyclable.

4. The plastic wrap around a case of water bottles is not recyclable. The cardboard at the bottom is recyclable. Please do not throw the entire thing in a recycling bin.

5. Books with binding on the spine are not recyclable. Magazines, brochures and like items are recyclable.

Visit for recycling details. Here's a quick reference guide and brochure, from that site.

Team Waste, who picks up recycling (and trash and yard waste) within Lakeland is only the hauler, said Mrs. Harrell. “Memphis Recycling is owned by Republic. They take all the recyclables and process them.” (source)


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, Team Waste 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

tree.pngfall_leaves.jpgExtra-large tree limbs/branches and excessive yard waste

In addition to the carts, Team Waste 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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