I'm ready to recycle. How do I get started?
Recycling bins are issued to citizens who receive the City’s residential garbage collection service, and customers may request additional bins at no charge. Call Tuscaloosa 311 to submit this request.
View the list of acceptable and unacceptable items here
If you do not receive the City’s curbside collection service (live in an apartment, own a business with private dumpster service, or live outside the City limits), you can recycle at any of the drop-off recycling trailers. See the drop-off recycling map here
I live in Tuscaloosa. Am I eligible to receive City garbage, trash, and recycling collection services?
If unsure about your eligibility to receive City garbage, trash, and recycling collection services, call Tuscaloosa 311.
What landfill does the City of Tuscaloosa use?
What is the difference between garbage and trash?
Garbage includes the everday household waste generated by citizens or businesses. To prevent litter and protect collection crews, all items must be bagged and place inside the City-regulated garbage cart. Bags of garbage left on the ground will not be collected by City crews.
Trash includes tree and lawn trimmings, leaves, pine straw, rocks, bricks and demolition waste generated by the occupant. Trash piles must be placed at the curb and kept with 5 feet from parked cars, trees, mailboxes, or away from overhead tree limbs or utility lines. These obstructions prevent trash crews from accessing the trash pile safely. Trash items generated by a paid contractor (including construction debris, limbs or grass clippings) will not be collected by City crews. It will be the paid contractor or landscaper's responsibility to remove such debris.
I live in a household where no one is physically able to roll out a garbage cart or recycling bin. Does the City have a disabled collection program?
Yes. The environmental services division has a disabled collection program for citizens who require this accommodation temporarily or permanently.
This program requires a physician review and signature, and must be renewed each year.
Call Tuscaloosa 311 for more information.
How can I get a garbage cart?
Garbage carts are assigned to the property and can be obtained once a water account is established. Property owners (not tenants) must call Tuscaloosa 311 to submit this request.
When is my collection day?
Click here to view the map for weekly garbage, trash, and recycling collection.
What time should I put my garbage cart, trash pile, and recycling bin at the curb?
All garbage carts, trash piles, and recycling bins should be placed on the curb before 6:00 A.M. (Memorial Day through Labor Day) and before 7:00 A.M. (Labor Day through Memorial Day).
Emptied carts and bins must be removed from the curb by 8:00 A.M. the day after collection
My garbage cart is damaged/broken. How can I request a repair?
The property owner (not tenant) must call Tuscaloosa 311 to request a garbage cart repair or replacement.
How can I request a free tour or field trip at the City recycling plant?
Touring the recycling plant is a great way for citizens, business, and students to see the City’s recycling process up close. Tours are free and available year-round, but must be scheduled in advance.
Click here to fill out the request form.