City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Solid Waste Services

Effective February 5, 2018, the City’s Solid Waste Program is provided by Local Waste Services. It provides a simplified approach with a standard fee for service, billed twice a year. Trash, recycling, yard waste and bulk items are all collected as part of this fee. Local Waste provides all households with grey trash and blue recycling containers on wheels with lids. If a container becomes damaged or goes missing, in most instances it will be repaired or replaced at no charge. The trucks used by Local Waste are energy-efficient, CNG vehicles, reducing their environmental impact on our community.

Missed Collection?
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Call: 614-583-5370
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Program Guidelines
solid waste mapThe City is divided into four zones for the collection of solid waste. Collection days are determined by the location of your home:

  • Mondays- areas south of Canterbury Road/west of Tremont Road and all areas south of Lane Avenue
  • Tuesdays- all areas north of Canterbury Road, south of Fishinger Road and west of Tremont Road
  • Wednesdays- all areas north of Lane Avenue and east of Tremont Road/Reed Road
  • Thursdays- all areas north of Fishinger Road and west of Reed Road

Place all items for disposal at the curb between 6 pm the night before and 7 am on the day of your regularly scheduled collection day. Keep trash and recycling containers at least three feet apart from other items to provide easy access for the collection equipment. Containers must be removed from the curb by 7 am of the day following collection.

Screening Requirements
Households are required to keep trash and recycling containers out of view from the street—in a garage, shed, screened behind a fence or landscaping, etc.—except when putting them at the curb the night before or by 7 am on the morning of collection.

Place trash items in your gray trash container (loose or bagged) with the lid opening facing toward the street. If you have additional items that cannot fit into the container from Local Waste, place them in a secondary, lidded container clearly marked as “trash,” and bring to the curb.

Recycling Guidelines
Place accepted recyclables loose (do not bag) in your blue recycling container with the lid facing toward the street. Recyclables are taken to the Rumpke Recycling Facility, and accepted items are determined by Rumpke, not Local Waste—click on the Recycling Guidelines link for details of what is accepted. If you have additional recyclables, place them into a secondary, lidded container clearly marked as “recycling,” and bring to the curb. 

Bulk Items
Accepted Bulk Items (page 2 of Recycling Guidelines)
Bulk items, such as furniture, appliances and other qualifying larger items are collected as part of this program—click on the Accepted Bulk Items link for guidelines.

Yard Waste
Place yard waste in approved biodegradable yard waste bags, bundles or trash containers clearly marked as “Yard Waste,” and place at the curb by 7 am on your regular collection day. Plastic bags or yard waste mixed with trash are NOT accepted. “Yard Waste” decals are available at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road and at UA libraries.

Live Christmas Tree Collection
Live Christmas trees are collected on your regular collection day during the month of January. Remove all decorations and lights and place at the curb by 7 am. Do not place live trees in plastic bags or other forms of wrapping.

Yard Waste Drop-Off
Ohio Mulch Facility, 4120 Roberts Road, Columbus
UA Residents may drop off acceptable yard waste free-of-charge at the Regional Composting Facility, operated by Ohio Mulch. You may be asked to provide proof of UA residency to qualify for free drop-off for items larger than 1/4” in diameter, per the City’s arrangement with Ohio Mulch.

Holiday Collection Delays
Local Waste observes some but not all of the City’s holidays each year. These holidays delay collection by one day, with normal service resuming the following week (if the holiday falls on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, there is no collection delay):

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

The trash and recycling containers provided by Local Waste are the property of Local Waste. Please do not write your address or any other markings on these containers. If you do wish to place some identifier on your container, write on some tape and affix the tape to the inside of the container lid. In most instances any lost or damaged trash or recycling containers will be repaired or replaced by Local Waste. Call 614-583-5370 to report the issue and request a repair or replacement.

If you wish to dispose of old trash and recycling containers, Local Waste will take them. Either place old containers inside your new trash container, or affix a sheet that says "Take Me" and place at the curb. An alternative to disposing of old containers is to use them for yard waste. Yard waste decals are available at City buildings and library locations. 

Safely Disposing of Used "Sharps"
Please give full consideration to how you dispose of materials that could cause a health or safety risk to Solid Waste crews. Contaminated objects that can penetrate the skin are considered "sharp" objects by the Occupational Safety And Health Administration regulations governing blood borne pathogens. These items include lancets, hypodermic needles, syringes, scalpel blades and non-household glass articles that have been broken. In the case of an individual using sharps for the purpose of in-home care or treatment, these items may be disposed of as part of the City's Solid Waste Program, as long as they are packaged into a rigid container clearly marked as "Sharp Waste" prior to disposal into your trash container. Acceptable containers include liquid detergent and bleach bottles, two liter pop bottles and coffee cans. These containers should be securely sealed with heavy tape. Your cooperation in keeping the work environment as safe as possible for Solid Waste crews is appreciated.


Medical Exemptions
Medical Exemption Application Form
Residents who are physically unable to bring trash and recycling containers to the curb can qualify for at-the-door collection for no additional charge if they are a person with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk as defined by R.C. 4503.44(A)(1). Medical Exemption Service customers are required to re-qualify for this service annually.


The following outlines the fees associated with the new Solid Waste Program. Please see the table below for a more detailed breakdown.

Annual Fee
All households are charged a base fee of $213.00 annually, plus administrative and community recycling fees of $7.00 apiece, for a total of $227.00. The fee runs January 1 through December 31 each year and may be subject to nominal annual adjustments. Households will be billed twice a year (January & June) via a Utility bill from the City that includes the Solid Waste fee, the Stormwater Utility fee and, in some cases a Neighborhood Lighting Utility fee. This fee applies to every household – single family homes, apartments and condominiums. The fee runs with the property and the City will not prorate the amount due should the property change hands during the year. This annual fee is all inclusive, i.e. trash, recycling, yard waste and bulk items will all be collected by Local Waste at no additional charge.

Senior Discount
Print Version of Application Form
Homeowners who are the head of the household in question and aged 60 years or above can qualify to receive a discount on their Solid Waste base fee each year. PLEASE NOTE: owners of multiple-unit rental apartments do not qualify for the Senior Discount. The Senior Discount is only applicable for the Solid Waste base fee. It will not be applied to Premium Service or to the City’s administrative and community recycling fees. Homeowners that qualify for the Senior Discount must reapply annually. Proof of age must be provided by December 15 of each prior service year. Residents who have recently turned 60 years of age can qualify for this discount at any time, however, it will not be applied retroactively—the first discount will be reflected on your next semi-annual invoice. 

Premium Service
Online Application Form  |  Print Version of Application Form
Premium, at-the-door service for trash and recycling collection is available to households for an additional $387.00 per year. Yard waste and bulk items must still be brought to the curb. The Premium Service fee is in addition to the base fee of $213.00 for Solid Waste Services and the administrative and community recycling fees of $7.00 apiece. The fee runs January 1 through December 31 each year.


Standard Invoice

Senior Discount Invoice






Base Fee





Community Recycling Fee





Administrative Fee





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Premium Total





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