Are there items that are prohibited?

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


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.

Environmental Recycling, located at 527 E Woodland Circle in 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.


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.

Garden / Yard Waste & Grass Clippings

Garden/yard waste will not be picked up curbside. You may take these items to the Yard Waste Drop Off located behind the Public Works Garage off of Taragon Drive or you may choose to take these items to the Wood County Landfill for a fee. The Wood County Landfill phone number is 419-352-0180.

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 and 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 8 am to 8 pm. 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).

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1. Why wasn't my refuse and/or recycling container collected?
2. The wind blew over my container(s) and my refuse / recycling was not picked up. What do I do?
3. What if no one from my household can transport containers to / from the curb?
4. What if my container is missing?
5. Can I get another container?
6. What items are accepted in the curbside recycling container?
7. When is my trash / recycling day?
8. Are there items that are prohibited?
9. Does the City offer special collections?
10. Where can I find the Public Works schedule for special curbside collections, etc.?
11. What items are allowed for large item pickup?
12. Where can I dispose of my brush?
13. What should I do if my refuse or recycling container lid is broken?