Garbage Collection Information

Garbage Collection Regulations

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Did you know state and federal mandates limit the types of waste you can include in your garbage? We also have city ordinances that regulate how you prepare your garbage for collection. The main things to remember are:

  • Place all your materials at your collection point (it’s the front curb for most homes) before 6:00am on your collection day.
  • Leave some space between your garbage container(s), your green bin(s) and your yardwaste container(s).
  • Properly prepared containers of yardwaste do not count against the 5 containers of garbage limit.
  • Please remove your cans/bins from the curb by 10:00am the next morning.

Need more information? The two sections of the Omaha Municipal Code that relate to solid waste are available as Acrobat documents through the following two links Chapter 33, ARTICLE II, Division 1, Section 33, Items 21-30 and Chapter 33, ARTICLE II, Division 2, Section 33, Items 41-49.

Proper Garbage Preparation


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  • Trash cans up to 32 gallons that weigh up to 45 pounds when full.
  • See-through bags (clear bags preferred) and weighing up to 30 pounds when full.
  • Up to five containers of garbage per week (example 2 trash cans and 3 bags).
  • Place within 5 feet of curb, approved alley or other approved location.


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  • A mixture of garbage and yardwaste.
  • Natural Christmas trees. Follow yardwaste collection rules.
  • Rocks, dirt and concrete.
  • Dead animals.
  • Any liquids.
  • Loose pet waste or cat litter.
  • Tires, engines or other large auto parts.
  • Bulky items (couches, chairs, stoves, etc.).
  • Dark plastic bags that you can’t see through.
  • Motor oil and automotive batteries. Visit for disposal.
  • Cardboard boxes (empty or full) when not in a can or bag.
  • Any material not in a can or see-through bag.


  • Place all materials at your collection point before 6AM.
  • Leave a couple feet of space between yardwaste and garbage containers.
  • Trash cans and recycling bins must be removed from the curb by 10AM the day after collection.
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2019 Collection

Tons of Garbage Collected: 145,329


Cost to Dispose at Landfill: $3.77M


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