Changes to Trash Collection Schedule
The Engineering-Public Works Department made changes regarding the collection of residential and commercial trash effective July 27, 2012. Collection times for residential trash service now start at 4 a.m. instead of the previous 5:30 a.m. Since crews are starting their collection routes much earlier, citizens are recommended to place trash containers at their designated collection point the prior evening. Also, there will be no trash collection on Sunday. Businesses affected by the change were contacted and given the choice of a different collection day. For more information about the trash collection schedule, call Engineering-Public Works at 444-8567.
Holiday Trash Collection Schedule
Click Holiday Schedule to find out the trash collection changes during holidays. On the days after holidays, crews often double up their collection routes and starting their shifts earlier than normal. If your trash collection schedule is affected by the holidays, it is recommended that trash containers are placed in their designated collection point the previous night. If you have a question about trash collection, contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 444-8567.
Paducah's Solid Waste Division collects an average of 26,000 tons of refuse each year serving nearly 10,000 residential accounts and 2000 commercial accounts. The Solid Waste Division recycles cardboard and yard waste. Click Compost Facility and Recycling for more information. McCracken County Solid Waste Management Plan 2012-2017 >>
Solid Waste Collection Fees
The Solid Waste Division of the City of Paducah is operated as a business enterprise. The cost of the trash collection service is paid for by the fees that are collected from residents and businesses. The fee is collected from the monthly water bill. Click Solid Waste Collection Fees for a detailed list of fees. For the past several years, the Engineering-Public Works Department has worked to make the service more efficient and to balance the Solid Waste Division's budget. The Solid Waste Division's revenue and budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is approximately $4.4 million.
Collection Fee History
October 13, 2009: Commissioners approved a surcharge for the residents, businesses, and restaurants using the vertical trash compactors as part of the 2nd Street Alley project.
June 10, 2008: Commissioners approved raising the solid waste collection fees 7.5% for residential and commercial collection. For residents with one garbage container, trash collection increased from $15.35 to $16.50 per month.
July 1, 2007: Commissioners approved raising the fees 7.2%. The fee for residents with one garbage container was raised from $14.32 to $15.35 per month.
November 2006: Commissioners approved raising the fees for a resident with one garbage from $13.85 to $14.32 per month. That was the first time the City's part of the solid waste fee had been changed since 1993. Fees were increased $0.50 in 2003 to pass through a mandate from the Kentucky legislature to pay a tipping fee to the State.
To find out what day you are scheduled for pick-up please call Engineering-Public Works at 444-8567. We can also determine if you will need a roll-out container or if one already exists on the property. All waste must be contained in the City of Paducah issued container. The monthly charge for Residential Solid Waste Collection is $16.50 per month and is included on your water bill. This charge includes the weekly collection of your container and yard waste. On April 30, 2007, the City implemented a new residential refuse and yard waste collection program. This program changes the refuse collection day for some residents, changes the placement of the rollout containers, enforces excess refuse rules, and sets a dedicated day (Monday) for yard waste collection.
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Handicap Refuse Collection Request
The City of Paducah has a program to assist people needing help with the trash rollout container. Click Handicap Refuse Collection Request >> for a letter and the application form. To qualify for the program applicants must be permanently, physically disabled to the extent that they cannot transport their trash to the curb for collection. A statement from a licensed physician is necessary. Also, the applicant must signify that there is no one residing in the residence over the age of twelve (12) years who is able to transport the trash container from the residence to the designated collection place.
Special Collection Services
The Solid Waste Division also offers special pick-ups of bulky items (various furniture, large amounts of trees, etc.) and white goods (refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.). The charges for this service may vary depending on the weight and amount of items. These are done on a call-in basis generally on Mondays, and the charge is added to your water bill. These should be scheduled before Thursday in order for Monday pick up.
Commercial collection is provided by the City of Paducah at various charges depending on the size of dumpster needed and the frequency of pick-ups. These prices can be obtained through the Engineering-Public Works Department. Regulations for the dumpster pad also can be obtained from the Engineering-Public Works Department which can be reached at 444-8567. If your rollout container was missed, please call our office as soon as possible. If possible, it will be picked up that day or the following.
Spring Clean Up Day
Each spring, thanks to funding from a Household Hazardous Waste grant through the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and the assistance of partner agencies including AES Environmental, LLC, Republic Services, GPSP-Recycle Now, Liberty Tire, McCracken County, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, McCracken County DES/EM, Paducah Power System, and Paducah Water, the City of Paducah offers a cleanup day for Paducah and McCracken County residents. The event, commonly referred to as “dump day”, is an opportunity to dispose of various types of solid waste and household hazardous waste. All residents must bring proper identification (driver’s license) to verify residency. This is a free event, rain or shine. The 2014 date is set for Saturday, April 12, 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Items that will be accepted at Spring Clean Up Day include household trash, white goods, tires, household hazardous waste, ammunition, expired or no longer needed prescription medications, and recyclables. No medical waste or commercial waste will be accepted. The event is held at the Republic Services Transfer Station on Burnett Street and on the adjacent parking lot of the Paducah Public Works facility. To maintain the traffic flow, drivers need to enter the CWI facility located at 829 Burnett Street either from North 10th or Burnett Streets. Traffic will not be allowed to enter from North 8th or 9th Streets.
Green Waste Collection
All green waste will be collected within five working days of your designated day of pick up. During the fall season and during stormy weather, these schedules are subject to change. We will try to work overtime when needed to keep as close to this schedule as possible. We have two trucks which try to run three routes a day.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
For the disposal of various hazardous waste substances, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management has prepared fact sheets to guide you through the proper disposal. For more information, visit Hazardous Waste Disposal.
The Compost Facility at 1560 North 8th Street is open Monday through Saturday year round, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The facility accepts bagged leaves, loose leaves, grass clippings, brush, and tree limbs. There are occasions when the facility is closed for grinding of brush and tree limbs. Please call 444-8567 for additional information. Wood chips and compost are available for purchase ranging from $5.00-$15.00 for a two-yard bucket load.
Christmas Tree Recycling
To dispose of a live Christmas tree, the City of Paducah urges residents to recycle by taking the tree to the Compost Facility located at 1560 North 8th Street during regular business hours. The facility is open Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Please remove all lights, garland, and ornaments before taking the tree to the Compost Facility. Residents also can dispose of trees by placing them next to their garbage.
Reporting Illegal Dump Sites
To report illegal dump sites in McCracken County, contact either the McCracken County Building/Inspection Department at (270)444-4724 or the McCracken County Road Department at (270)442-9163. Your report will be confidential.
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