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. . If you use a container, it should be no larger than a 32 gallon trash can and write on the outside of container "YARD WASTE". 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 twice monthly 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 pick up blue recycling bags for no charge in the Collections Office at the Municipal Center, 300 South Church St.; the Public Works Department, 2601 Dan Ave.; or at Abilities Unlimited, 806 Burke Ave. 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. First-time recyclers can also have Blue Bags delivered on the day of your regular trash pickup. Just call Abilities Unlimited at 870-277-2772.
When full, put the Blue Bags at the curb on your designated pickup day near the cart but please be sure they can been seen from the street. A new bag will be left each time a full one is picked up.
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.
Not sure which days your recycling gets picked up? We've got a user-friendly map to help you figure it out.
• Metal containers (steel or aluminum).
• Glass containers (any color).
• Plastic containers (any number but make sure the opening is smaller than the body).
• Newspapers, magazines, white paper.
• Chip board (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.).
• Cardboard (in small quantities, flatten and place beside the bag; for large quantities, call Abilities Unlimited at 870-277-2772 to schedule pickup or take to 806 Burke Ave.).
• Electronic devices (take to the Abilities Unlimited center at 2725 North Church St.).
• Household trash.
• Plate glass (like windows).
• Broken glass.
• Plastic containers that have an opening larger than the body.
• Styrofoam packing material.
• Wood and furniture.
• Hazardous materials.
• Containers partially or completely filled with liquids such as paint.
For more information about recycling, contact Abilities Unlimited at 870-277-2772 or the Craighead County Regional Solid Waste Authority at 870-972-6353.
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