Garbage & Recycling

The City of St. Joseph contracts with Republic Services to provide refuse service to all non-rental property within the City of St. Joseph and rental property with three or fewer units. Non-residential property shall privately contract for the removal of refuse. The requirement for mandatory refuse collection is provided through St. Joseph Code of Ordinance 1007.

In addition to providing residential refuse service, the city maintains a compost area for residents to deposit lawn / garden waste and branches. Material that can be composted cannot be placed in the refuse receptacles provided by the refuse hauler. 


The refuse hauler will provide each resident with a garbage receptacles which holds either 30 or 60 or 90 gallons. In addition, the refuse hauler will provide a separate receptacle for recycling items. Refuse is picked up each Thursday with recycling picked up every other Thursday, weather permitting. Receptacles need to be on the street for collection by 6AM on garbage day. Receptacles placed near the street for collection can only be placed outside 24 hours prior to collection and must be brought back to the property within 24 hours of collection.

Refuse Rates

Recycling Cart, 60 gallon$17.50per bi-month
Recycling Cart, 90 gallon$28.00per bi-month
Extra Recycling Cart$17.50per bi-month
Overflow Bag$5.00as needed
30 Gallon Refuse$21.00per bi-month
60 Gallon Refuse$24.00per bi-month
90 Gallon Refuse$28.00per bi-month
2nd Refuse Cart$11.00per bi-month
Solid Waste Management Tax9.75%


It is unlawful to place or allow any furniture constructed and originally sold for inside a structure at a place or location where it would be exposed to the weather elements and within view of the general public, unless it is has been set out to be picked up and transported to a disposal site within 48 hours.

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