Did you know the City of Jonesboro picks up your trash, and doesn’t charge you a dime? We are the Sanitation Department, and we pick up your garbage! If you have any questions or concerns about trash collection in Jonesboro, please call us at 870-932-7520.
You have a designated trash pickup day. On that day we will collect your household trash, recycled items, and yard waste. We run collection routes Monday through Friday. If there is a holiday, or we have had bad weather that keeps our trucks off the road, we will adjust our pickup schedule. Please follow the City’s Facebook page: City of Jonesboro Arkansas Official Page to keep informed about when we will be adjusting our collection schedule.
When you first move to a residence in Jonesboro, give us a call so we can make sure you have a trash cart. Please do not put loose garbage and trash in the cart. It can really make a mess when we dump the cart into the truck. Put your household trash in trash bags, and then put the bags in the cart.
Put the cart at the curb no later than 6:00am on your designated day, and we’ll collect your garbage!What do we pickup? And when?
Household Trash—Collected once per week on your usual trash pickup day
You just need to put your bagged household trash in the cart we give you. You should put the cart out no later than 6:00am on your designated collection day. Most residents put their cart out the night before. You can’t leave your cart at the curb, so please take it back to your house after we have dumped it. We use automated collection trucks, so we will not pick up any loose trash or bags of trash that are not in the cart.
- Garbage and trash normally generated at home
- Place trash in bags—place bags in cart
- Tires, oil, batteries, or similar automotive-related items
Yard Waste—Collected once per week on your usual trash pickup day
Several years ago the State of Arkansas outlawed putting yard waste in landfills. That’s why you can’t put yard waste in your trash cart. We take your yard waste to our facility where some of it is turned into mulch that you can get, and some of it is burned in our incinerator.
If you need to get rid of yard waste, you can put it in either a paper bag, or in a reusable container. We will pick it up on your regular trash collection day. If you use a container, it should be no larger than a 32 gallon trash can. In fact, that’s what most folks use. Please, for our workers’ sake, make sure your bags or containers weigh no more than 20 pounds.
- Sticks larger than 2’ long or 3” in diameter
- Anything that is not plant-related
Recycling—Collected once per week on your usual trash pickup day
We want to reduce how much stuff we put in our landfill, and recycling is a great way to do that! Recycling starts at home, with our Blue Bag recycling program. You can get blue recycling bags for no charge at the Municipal Center, 300 S. Church Street, or at Abilities Unlimited, 806 Burke Avenue. The City of Jonesboro contracts with Abilities Unlimited to provide curbside recycling services for our residents. Abilities Unlimited handles both the collection and processing of recyclables.
When you put out your recyclables, please use two bags:
One bag for paper and paper-like products, such as newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, etc.
One bag for metal, glass, and plastic containers
Put the blue bags at the curb the same day you put out your household trash cart, but be sure to put them at least three feet away from the cart so our automated collection trucks can work correctly and safely.
And please take the extra time to rinse all the containers before you put them in the recycling bag. It will help the drivers and the processors have a more pleasant day.
Metal containers (steel or aluminum)
Glass containers (clear, green, or brown)
Plastic containers (#1 -#7—make sure the opening is smaller than the body)
Chip board (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)
- Household trash
- Plate glass (like windows)
- Broken glass
- Plastic containers that have an opening larger than the body
- Styrofoam packing material
- Metal scrap
- Hazardous materials
For more information about recycling, contact Abilities Unlimited at 870-277-2772
Tree Limbs—Picked up by the Sanitation Department
The Sanitation Department will pick up tree limbs from your curb for no charge. It takes more time and attention to deal with large limbs and branches, so they are not picked up on a regular schedule. The trucks will work in a certain trash pickup area until it has been served, then move on to the next. We will keep you informed of where the limb removal trucks will be working next on our Facebook page (link), or you can call 870-932-7520 for more information.
Tree limbs need to be no larger than 10 feet long and 8 inches across. Please, no stumps, trunks, rocks, or dirt.
Large or bulky items—Dispose at the landfill
The City will not collect large or bulky items like furniture. These items can be taken directly to the Legacy Landfill, located off Hwy 1 South and County Road 476. (map)
For more information, contact Legacy Landfill at 870-972-6353 or go to www.legacylandfill.org