Solid Waste/Refuse

About Solid Waste Collection

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Paducah's Solid Waste Division collects an average of 26,000 tons of refuse each year serving nearly 10,000 residential accounts and 2000 commercial accounts. The Solid Waste Division recycles cardboard and yard waste.  McCracken County Solid Waste Management Plan 2012-2017 >>


Visit Recycling for more information.  

Compost Facility

The Compost Facility at 1560 North 8th Street is open Monday through Saturday year round, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The facility accepts bagged leaves, loose leaves, grass clippings, brush, and tree limbs. There are occasions when the facility is closed for grinding of brush and tree limbs.  Call 270-444-8567 for additional information.  Wood chips and compost are available for purchase ranging from $5.00-$15.00 for a two-yard bucket load.

Trash Collection Schedule (Residential)

Collection Fees

The charge for Residential Solid Waste Collection is $16.50 per month.  It is included on your monthly water bill. This charge includes the weekly collection of your container and yard waste.  The Solid Waste Division is operated as a business enterprise. The cost of the trash collection service is paid for by the Solid Waste Collection Fees collected from residents and businesses. 

Collection Times

Collection times for residential trash service start at 4 a.m.  Since crews start their collection routes before dawn, citizens are recommended to place trash containers at their designated collection point the prior evening.  Residential refuse collection is done Tuesday through Friday with Monday set aside for yard waste collection.  There is no residential trash collection on Sunday.  

To find out what day you are scheduled for pick-up, call Engineering-Public Works at 270-444-8567. We can also determine if you will need a roll-out container or if one already exists on the property. All waste must be contained in the City of Paducah issued container.  If you need more than one rollout container, an additional fee will be charged.

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Collection Guidelines

Here are the guidelines for placing your solid waste container (rollout):

  • Place it at the point of collection the evening before the scheduled pickup but no later than 4 a.m. on the day of service.
  • Solid waste containers shall be removed from the point of pickup no later than 11 p.m. on the day of service.
  • Place it on your property.  Be mindful that it is not placed on your neighbor’s property.
  • Place it no more than four feet away from the street (or alley, if applicable) with no obstructions around it for a radius of four feet.  Obstructions include a car, mailbox, utility pole, tree, fence, etc.
  • Place the container with the lid opening toward the street (or alley, if applicable).
  • Any excess refuse that will not fit in the rollout container should be coordinated through the Pay Pile service (see below).

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

Click Holiday Schedule to find out the trash collection changes during holidays.  On the days after holidays, crews often double up their collection routes and starting their shifts earlier than normal.  If your trash collection schedule is affected by the holidays, it is recommended that trash containers are placed in their designated collection point the previous night. 

Service Assistance Request for Refuse Collection

The City of Paducah has a program to assist people needing help with the trash rollout container. Click Service Assistance Refuse Collection Request for a letter and the application form. To qualify for the program applicants must be permanently or temporarily physically disabled to the extent that they cannot transport their trash to the curb for collection. A statement from a licensed physician is necessary. Also, the applicant must signify that there is no one residing in the residence over the age of twelve (12) years who is able to transport the trash container from the residence to the designated collection place.

Special Collection Services - Pay Piles

If you have trash or no longer needed items such as furniture that won’t fit in your city-issued rollout, then you may have a pay pile. To schedule this service, call 270-444-8567.  The Solid Waste Division will collect and dispose of the items; however, there is a minimum fee of $25 which is added to your water bill.  The fee depends upon the size of the pile and how much of the knuckleboom truck it fills.  Pay piles are collected on Thursdays and Fridays using a knuckleboom truck.

Pay Pile Process:

  1. Place the pay pile items in the location where your trash normally is collected.
  2. Contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567 to inform the staff that you have a pay pile.
  3. An Engineering-Public Works Supervisor reviews the pay pile and assigns a fee to it.
  4. The Supervisor calls the person listed on the water bill to explain the fee.  Note: Since the fee is added to the water bill, the person named on the water bill must the one who contacts the Engineering-Public Works Department.

Yard Waste Collection

The City of Paducah provides yard waste collection to residents as a part of their monthly service charge for solid waste collection.  Leaves and grass clippings should be bagged, not to exceed 50 pounds.  Branches and brush should be bundled in bundles not greater than 48 inches in length and not exceeding 50 pounds in weight. 

All yard waste shall be placed at your point of refuse pick up.  Large tree limbs, stumps and trunks are special collections which may be scheduled.  There could be a minimal charge for these services.  For more information, contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567.

Note:  Yard waste generated/left by a private contractor will not be collected by City crews.  Homeowners and/or the contractor must dispose of these materials.

Commercial Collection

Commercial collection is provided by the City of Paducah at various charges depending on the size of dumpster needed and the frequency of pick-ups. These prices can be obtained through the Engineering-Public Works Department. Regulations for the dumpster pad also can be obtained from the Engineering-Public Works Department which can be reached at 270-444-8567. If your rollout container was missed, please call our office as soon as possible. If possible, it will be picked up that day or the following.

Spring Clean Up Day graphicSpring Clean Up Day

Each spring typically in April, thanks to funding from a Household Hazardous Waste grant through the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and the assistance of partner agencies including Clean Earth, Inc., Republic Services, Liberty Tire, McCracken County, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, McCracken County DES/EM, Paducah Power System and Shred-it, the City of Paducah offers a cleanup day for Paducah and McCracken County residents. Spring Clean Up Day, commonly referred to as “dump day”, is an opportunity to dispose of various types of solid waste and household hazardous waste. All residents must bring proper identification (driver’s license) to verify residency. This is a free event, rain or shine. Items that will be accepted at Spring Clean Up Day include household trash, white goods, tires, household hazardous waste, ammunition, expired or no longer needed prescription medications, e-scrap, and recyclables. No medical waste or commercial waste will be accepted. The event is held at the Republic Services Transfer Station on Burnett Street and on the adjacent parking lot of the Paducah Public Works facility. To maintain the traffic flow, drivers need to enter the Republic facility located at 829 Burnett Street from North 10th Street off Park Avenue. Traffic will not be allowed to enter from North 8th or 9th Streets.  For 2017, Spring Clean Up Day will be Saturday, April 22 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

For the disposal of various hazardous waste substances, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management has prepared fact sheets to guide you through the proper disposal.  For more information, visit Hazardous Waste Disposal.

Christmas Tree Recycling

To dispose of a live Christmas tree, the City of Paducah urges residents to recycle by taking the tree to the Compost Facility located at 1560 North 8th Street during regular business hours. The facility is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.  Please remove all lights, garland, and ornaments before taking the tree to the Compost Facility.  Residents also can dispose of trees by placing them next to their garbage.

Reporting Illegal Dump Sites

To report illegal dump sites in McCracken County, contact either the McCracken County Building/Inspection Department at 270-444-4724 or the McCracken County Road Department at 270-442-9163.  Your report will be confidential.