Refuse and Recycling Collection

The City of Carbondale Encourages Residents to Participate in Expanded Recycling Program

Since Carbondale expanded its curbside recycling collection
services to include mixed paper, more and more residents have been participating in the City’s recycling efforts. Last July, the City’s Refuse & Recycling Division began collecting most clean paper waste products including newspaper, magazines, catalogs, office paper, junk mail, books, corrugated cardboard and paperboard (such as cereal boxes) for recycling. The expansion of Carbondale’s recycling program was assisted by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. During the first seven months of the new program (July 2009 through January 2010), residents contributed and City workers collected more than 235 tons of materials for recycling, for a net increase of 79% (more than 104 tons) over the amount of recyclables diverted from the landfill during the same period in 2008 and 2009. This is great news for the community as recycling saves natural resources, reduces energy usage and saves limited landfill space. The City encourages its residents to keep up the good work and encourages additional residents to participate in the recycling programs. Call 457-3275 to order recycle bins or for more information about the City of Carbondale’s Refuse and Recycling services. The City will provide residences with a green bin to recycle paper products and a blue bin for recycling glass bottle.

Refuse and Recycling Program Guidelines

Expanded Recycling Program Information

The City of Carbondale provides weekly curbside collection of residential refuse and recyclables to residents in all neighborhoods within Carbondale's City limits. This service is provided for a nominal monthly fee by Carbondale's Refuse and Recycling Division. Current customers may call the Maintenance and Environmental Services Divisions Office at 618-457-3275 make inquiries about route scheduling and collection services such as

  • refuse (garbage)
  • recyclables
  • landscape (yard) waste
  • vehicle tires
  • white goods (household appliances)
  • special pickups

Refuse and Recycling Facts:

Almost all of us have observed some of the City Refuse and Recycling workers while performing their daily tasks but did you know that …

  • On average, workers on two trucks collect 11.25 tons of refuse daily from city residents. That is more than 1,000 pounds of garbage an hour!
  • From May 2008 through April 2009, on average, each residential refuse customer disposed of 1,953 pounds (almost a ton) of trash!
  • Approximately 4,700 blue (cans & bottles) recycle bins are collected monthly.
  • Approximately 3,355 green (paper) recycle bins are collected each month.
  • On average each blue, cans & bottles bin contains over 6 pounds of recyclable materials.
  • On average each green, mixed paper bin contains over 12 pounds of recyclable materials.
  • About 15% of the total recyclable material collected by the City comes from two drop-off locations. Drop Off locations are located at University Baptist Church parking lot on S. Oakland Ave. and the parking lot across from Carbondale Police Station on E. College St. 

If you wish to arrange for regular refuse and recycling service or have a concern about your billing, you may stop by City Hall at 200 S. Illinois Avenue and visit the Finance Department's Revenue Division Office, or call 618-549-5302 and ask for the Revenue Division.

The Following is a list of holidays observed by the City of Carbondale. Refuse and Recycling will not be collected on these days with two exceptions as noted.


  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving*
  • Christmas Eve (1/2 day)*
  • Christmas Day

*Refuse and Recycling picked up on these holidays.

Between collections, refuse and recyclables must be stored in accordance with applicable City Ordinances and regulations. You may call the Building and Neighborhood Services Division at 618-457-3237 for information on related City Ordinances and regulations concerning this matter.

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