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Garbage & Recycling

The recycling provider for the City of Rexburg observes the following federal holidays.

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving

  • Christmas

  • New Years Day

If your recycle day falls on one of these holidays, trash will be delayed 1 day that week after the holiday i.e. Thanksgiving Day recycle will be emptied on Friday, and Friday's pick up will be on Saturday.   

Getting Started

The City Utility Clerk coordinates sanitation services provided by the Sanitation Department. To start or stop a city service or make changes to your City service, please call (208) 372-2342 between the hours of 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Thursday or 7:30am - 12:30pm Fridays. See Utility Rates for more information on services and pricing. Contact Kristina Rawson at (208)-359-3020 ext.2342 for additional questions.

Garbage Rules

  1. Residential customers must have the container on the curb and ready for pick up by 7 am on your scheduled pickup day.

  2. Commercial customers must have the container out and ready for pick up by 4 am on your scheduled pickup day.

  3. Do not stack bags around or on top of the container.

  4. Bag garbage to ensure it does not blow away.

  5. Make sure that the container is at least three (3) feet from any surrounding obstructions, including recycling containers.

  6. Do not include any of the following items in your garbage as it may cause damage to sanitation vehicles.

    • Asphalt, gravel, rocks, sod, or dirt

    • Asphalt shingles

    • Boards, doors, pallets, or plywood

    • Cinder blocks

    • Concrete

    • Glass - other than normal bottles or small containers

    • Sheetrock

    • Car batteries

    • Hot ashes & coals

    • White goods (stoves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, etc.)

    • Mattresses

    • Carpet or carpet padding

    • Dead animals

    • Metal objects 

    • Waste oil (motor, food, grease, etc.)

    • Paint

    • Tires

    • Tree limbs or tree stumps

    • Christmas trees

    • Any other yard waste, large items, or construction material that may cause damage to sanitation vehicles.

If any of these items are found in your container, it will not be dumped that day. An additional $25 could be added to your bill to come back and dump the container after the materials are removed.

Recycling Rules:

Do not bag recycled materials.

Accepted Recycling materials include:

  • Mixed Paper Products: Newspapers, Magazines, Phone Books, Catalogs, Cardboard Boxes, Cereal Boxes, Frozen Food Boxes(must be rinsed of contents), Paper Towel Cores, Office Paper, Note Pads, Index Cards, Coated Paper, Brochures, Envelopes, Manila Folders, Junk Mail, etc.

  • Plastics: All plastic beverage and household cleaner containers #1 and #2 only (must be rinsed of contents)                    

  • Tin and Aluminum Cans (must be rinsed of contents)

Items that Can Not be recycled:

  • Glass, Plastic Bags, Plastic #'s 3-7, Medical Waste, Food Waste, Packaging Materials (peanuts, bubble wrap, styrofoam).

Any non-recyclable material that is placed in the bin will void the entire load and it will all be sent to the landfill instead of sorted for recycling. 

Preventing Pick-Up 

Your container cannot be dumped if the truck cannot access the container. If cars block the access, or if garbage, tree limbs, snow, or other materials prohibit access to the container, it cannot be dumped. An extra charge will generally be assessed to cover the return trip. Cars or similar obstructions should be at least ten (10) feet from the dumpster.

Extra Charges

Businesses or homeowners will be charged $30 to $80 per hour for the special handling of any of the above items found in city-handled containers, depending upon the labor and equipment needed, plus any charges for damage to the city truck. Any situation where the sanitation truck must return later, apart from its regular route, to empty a container, the business or homeowner will be charged an additional $25 to return a second time for pickup.

Fines for unauthorized use of bins

The City Council has set a $300 fine for unauthorized dumping of garbage in someone else's container. Any papers found in the containers with names on them can be used as evidence.

Garbage on the ground

Please do not attempt to overfill your container.  The sanitation driver is instructed to not leave the cab of the truck to handle any garbage on the ground, including that which falls while emptying the container.  To minimize garbage spilling from the container during dumping, please put loose papers in plastic bags or put them down deeper in the container.  If they are loosely placed on the top, the wind will often blow them out while dumping.  If you need your garbage to be picked up more often, please contact City Hall.  Do not fill containers beyond where the lid will not close less than 45° angle.

Free spring and fall waste cleanup

The city will haul for free (using dump trucks) yard waste during its free spring and fall cleanup.  The dates will be set each year by the city council.  Brush or limbs must be bundled and in four foot or less lengths.  Collection of yard waste will be done on the same day as your scheduled residential collection.  The yard cleanup items should not be included with your regular garbage pickup.  The free collection is for yard waste only, not for previously listed items.

County transfer station

Many of the larger items can be taken to the Madison County transfer station that is located at 530 Airport Rd.  The transfer station will accept washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, water heaters, old tires, auto batteries, and similar items at minimal costs. Yard wastes, dead animals, construction material, and similar large wastes can be taken to the Madison County Construction/Demolition site located west of the city by the Menan Buttes.  Contact the county waste transfer station for exact costs and other questions at 356-3102.

View the Green Container & Recycling Schedule