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Refuse Collection (Residential)

Household refuse originating in and around residential premises is collected once each week on a designated collection day. The City of Rochester provides each residential unit with a wheeled refuse container. To be serviced, the container should be wheeled to the curb byAn Environmental Services employee pauses along a route in northeast Rochester. 6:30 a.m. on collection day. In the event the City-issued container becomes filled, additional refuse may be put in garbage cans or plastic bags, and placed at the curb next to the wheeled container. Bulk items (e.g., household furniture, bedding and mattresses, large appliances, etc.) and bundled tree and hedge trimmings may also be placed at the curb for collection.

Check out Street Beat for daily refuse collection schedule updates.

When is my collection day?

Check the collection schedule for when the garbage will be picked up in your neighborhood.

Several rules apply to the preparation and collection of refuse. Please refer to the links on the right side of this page for more information.

An exemption from the curbside requirement may be granted to individuals who are physically unable to roll a wheeled cart. Inquiries about exemptions may be made to 311 (outside city limits, call (585) 428-5990).

The City provides free, convenient toters to residents.Holidays

Refuse collection dates will be altered in weeks with major holidays. Typically, during these weeks, collection on and after the holiday is delayed one day.

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Information regarding service during holiday weeks may be obtained from the At Your Service Guide , or by calling 311 (outside city limits, please call (585) 428-5990).


Residential: Number of Dwelling Units Annual Fee
1 $380
2 $764
3 $847




Home Occupation*: Number of Dwelling Units Annual Fee
1 $749
2 $830





*Properties consisting of one, two, or three-family residential units where part of the premises is used for non-residential use, but is primarily used as a residential premise.

Do you have additional questions?

Individuals with concerns about residential refuse collection may call 311 (outside city limits, call (585) 428-5990). 

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