Refuse & Recycling

City of Bowling Green Solid Waste Collection Regulations


  1. WASTE MATERIALS including recyclables, garbage, and refuse will be collected from 1 & 2 family dwellings on City streets per city ordinance once a week at the curb.  Refuse/recycling collection is on a four day collection schedule. See the Refuse/Recycling map for your collection day.

DO NOT PLACE ANYTHING YOU WISH TO KEEP anywhere near the trash containers. It may be considered rubbish and taken away during heavy trash item weeks.

Refuse and Recycling Containers

Containers shall be placed no sooner than 5:00 pm the day prior, but no later than 7:00 am on your collection day. NOTE: Containers placed curbside before 5:00 pm the day prior to collection or left in the right-of-way past 7:00 am the day following collection may result in a citation.  Failure to follow these regulations are subject to fine.  The City cannot guarantee collection for containers placed curbside after 7:00 am.

Refuse and Recycling collected by the City shall only be placed in a City provided refuse/recycling container. If you have any questions regarding this requirement please call 419-354-6227. Additional refuse/recycling containers may be purchased through the City at the expense of the owner. Lost or stolen containers should be reported to the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-2571. Replacement containers may be purchased by calling Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Holiday/Special Collection Schedule

Special collection dates are announced in the local media and can be viewed by clicking on the Schedule and Holidays tab. Be sure to watch for special item collection and for any changes in the pickup schedule that may occur due to inclement weather.

Prohibited Items

  1. THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL WILL NOT BE COLLECTED: Dead animals, grass,sod, and related yard waste, hot ashes or burning embers, rocks or large stones; construction and/or demolition materials; flammable liquids; paint; poisonous or explosive substances other than garbage, refuse, and rubbish. Brush, leaves and Christmas Trees should not be placed into the containers.
  2. Old paint must be dried up before collection. You can either mix it with kitty litter until solidified or you can brush residual out on a plywood board.
  3. Environmental Recycling, located at 527 E. Woodland Circle, Bowling Green, will accept latex and non-latex, old and new paint for proper disposal. This business charges a fee for disposal, so you may want to call first for rates. The contact number is 800-284-9107.
  4. NOTE: The City cannot pickup any appliance that contains refrigerants! These items include refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. Please call 419-354-6227 for a list of local dealers who are certified to provide this service.
  5. GARDEN/YARD WASTE will NOT be picked up curbside. You may take these items to the Wood County Landfill for a fee. The Wood County Landfill phone number is (419)-352-0180.
  6. GRASS CLIPPINGS are prohibited from being dumped into the Wood County Landfill. However, the Landfill does have a process to recycle the grass clippings, therefore it is accepted at the Landfill for a fee. Grass will NOT be picked up by City crews. The City encourages residents to either mulch, compost, or leave grass clippings on the lawn.

Garden/Yard Waste/Grass/Leaves can be taken to the City Yard Waste drop-off site for those who are eligible to receive City refuse collection. It is open daily from 8am -8pm. The site is located behind the Public Works garage on Tarragon Drive (off of E. Poe Road). The area is under video surveillance and illegal dumping may result in a fine. This site does NOT accept brush (anything with a bark covering).

Special Collections

The City offers four special collections to resident:

  1. Large Item
  2. Brush
  3. Leaf
  4. Christmas Tree

For information about these services, visit the Special Collections page.