Solid Waste/Refuse

Trash Collection Schedule (Residential)garbage truck

Collection times for residential trash service start at 4 a.m.  Since crews start their collection routes before dawn, citizens are recommended to place trash containers at their designated collection point the prior evening.  There is no residential trash collection on Sunday.  

To find out what day you are scheduled for pick-up please call Engineering-Public Works at 270-444-8567. 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 changed the refuse collection day for some residents, changed the placement of the rollout containers, enforces excess refuse rules, and set a dedicated day (Monday) for yard waste collection.

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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 >>

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. 

Yard Waste Collection

The City of Paducah provides yard waste collection to residents as a part of their monthly service charge for solid waste collection.  Leaves and grass clippings should be bagged, not to exceed 50 pounds.  Branches and brush should be bundled in bundles not greater than 48 inches in length and not exceed 50 pounds in weight.  All yard waste shall be placed at your point of pick up and will be collected within five working days of your scheduled day of pick up.  Large tree limbs, stumps and trunks are special collections which may be scheduled.  There could be a minimal charge for these services.  For more information, contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567.

Service Assistance Request for Refuse Collection

The City of Paducah has a program to assist people needing help with the trash rollout container. Click Service Assistance Refuse Collection Request for a letter and the application form. To qualify for the program applicants must be permanently or temporarily 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

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 270-444-8567. 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.

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 Solid Waste Collection Fees that are collected from residents and businesses. The fee is collected from the monthly water bill. 

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.

Spring Clean Up Day graphicSpring Clean Up Day

Each spring typically in April, thanks to funding from a Household Hazardous Waste grant through the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and the assistance of partner agencies including Clean Earth, Inc., Republic Services, Liberty Tire, McCracken County, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, McCracken County DES/EM, Paducah Power System and Shred-it, the City of Paducah offers a cleanup day for Paducah and McCracken County residents. Spring Clean Up Day, 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. 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, e-scrap, 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 Republic facility located at 829 Burnett Street from North 10th Street off Park Avenue. Traffic will not be allowed to enter from North 8th or 9th Streets.  For 2017, Spring Clean Up Day will be Saturday, April 22 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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.

Compost Facility

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 270-444-8567 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 a.m.-3 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.