Waste collection crews will not collect recycling from the old 18-gallon bins after May 1, 2022. If you do not have a recycling cart, request one through Metro311. For excess recycling, households may purchase an additional cart or use a 30-40 gallon container with handles, a lid, and marked RECYCLING.

Use the Recycle Coach app to view your personalized waste collection calendar, export, print, and set reminders. 

Recycling Cart


How will I know when my recycling will be collected?

The best way is to keep up with the waste collection schedule is to use the Recycle Coach app

Can I use my own store-bought container for recycling? 

You may use a store-bought container as long as it is 30-40 gallon, has handles, has a lid, and is labeled 'RECYCLING." Stickers to label these containers are free and available from the Solid Waste office at 600 Meriwether Avenue Monday-Friday, 8-5. Or Contact us to request one.

What should I do with my old 18-gallon recycling bin?

We encourage residents to drop the small 18-gallon bins off at the Waste Reduction Center or one of the three staffed recycling drop-off locations to be reused or recycled if not usable. Residents may also keep their bin for other household uses or additional storage.

What if my recycling cart is stolen or damaged?

Be sure to remove your carts from the alley or curb after collection. This helps prevent them from being stolen or damaged and helps prevent litter. We do not replace stolen carts. You may purchase another one here. Report damaged carts to Metro311 and staff will come repair it. 

What if my recycling is missed? Will I have to wait another two weeks? 

As with any waste collection service, please make sure your items are set out by 6 a.m. the day of collection. If your items are not collected by the end of the day, report to Metro311. Crews will collect missed items within 72 hours after the report is made. 

Recyclable Materials

Accepted items, how to prepare

Recycling Drop-Off Locations

Recycling locations, Waste Reduction Center, HazBin

Recycle Coach

Sign up for collection reminders, view event calendar, search items

Purchase cart

Purchase city recycling carts and garbage carts

Know Waste Louisville

Educational programs, recycling tips

Office Recycling

Tips for starting or enhancing a business recycling program


Waste collection does not occur in the Urban Services District on Metro Government Holidays. All holidays incur a one day delay and all collections for the remainder of the week are also delayed one day.

Metro Government Holidays: 

New Year's Day  

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Memorial Day

Juneteenth Freedom Day, June 19 (observed on June 20, 2022)

Independence Day 

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day 

Christmas Day 


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