News from BG: December 21, 2016

Holiday Schedule Reminder


  • Refuse and Recycling – weeks of December 26 and January 2: regular collection during these weeks will be delayed one day.  Regular Monday collection will occur on Tuesday, regular Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, and so on.
  • Christmas Tree Collection – curbside collection will occur during the week of January 9, 2017.  To ensure collection, trees should be curbside by 7:00 am.  All metal nails, tree stands, decorations, and lights should be removed and trees should not be placed in bags.

Building Hours:

  • City Hall will be closed on December 26 and January 2, 2017.
  • Community Center will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on December 26 and January 2, 2017.

Emergency response will remain available.

Recycling Tips

Following the busy holiday season and the expected increase in recycling, there are some recycling tips that may be helpful.

  1. DO NOT bag your recyclables.  By doing so the material will most likely be considered trash by the Bowling Green Recycling Center, which is the independent not-for-profit that the City contracts with to take the curbside recyclables.
  2. Put caps back on accepted plastic bottles and jars.  Examples of accepted materials include – milk jugs, detergent/shampoo bottles, and pop/water bottles.
  3. Empty and flatten cardboard boxes.  This saves space in your recycling container and helps the staff at the Recycling Center.  DO NOT include the plastic “windows” found on some cardboard packaging to your recyclables.  This material should be removed from the cardboard and placed into the refuse container.
  4. Wrapping Paper is not accepted by the Bowling Green Recycling Center and should be placed in the refuse container.
  5. Take glass to the Bowling Green Recycling Center 24-hour drop-off, located at 1040 N. College Dr.

For more tips and information about accepted materials, please visit the Public Works Division webpage.

Clearing Sidewalks

Residences with sidewalks must be cleared of snow or ice by the property owner or occupant within 24-hours following a snow storm.  Failure to clear sidewalks may result in a civil citation.  The City may also have its contractor clear the sidewalk and bill all incurred costs to the property owner.  The reason this ordinance is in place is to ensure sidewalks remain open and safe for pedestrians.  Keeping sidewalks accessible is important for pedestrian and student safety.  Questions about this may be directed to the Planning Department at 419-354-6218 or the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.