Refuse and Recycling Regulations

City Council passed legislation at the August 1, 2016 City Council meeting updating Chapter 94 of the Bowling Green Codified Ordinances, which covers garbage and litter laws within the City.  These changes were made by Council to help keep Bowling Green neighborhoods appealing and healthy as well as improving the efficiency of refuse/recycling collection.  Some of these changes include:

  • improperly utilizing recycling containers such as filling it with trash, bagging recyclables, filling containers with brush, etc…
  • container lids shall be closed at all times.
  • all containers shall be set at the curb with the lid opening facing the street with the lid fully closed, and all containers shall be removed from the right-of-way by 7:00 am the day following collection.
  • on non-collection days, all refuse and recycling containers – including dumpsters – whether City or privately owned, shall be stored within an enclosed area or in the side or rear yard of the premises adjacent to the structure with the lid closed.

The purpose of requiring container lids to be closed at all times is to help prevent the breaking of the lid during the collection process.  If the lid is open or the container is facing the wrong way at the curb, the lid can break.  Also, if the lid is open during non-collection days or at the curb, the chances increase that the garbage within the container will fall out becoming loose litter.  These changes went in to effect on August 31, 2016.

Call Public Works at 419-354-6227 or the Mayor/Municipal Administrator’s Office at 419-354-6204 for questions.


Refuse and Recycling Information:

Chapter 94 – Refuse and Recycling Collection


Chapter 94 Changes Flyer


Refuse/Recycling Tri-fold


Recycle Container Sticker


Public Works Division and Collection Calendar