All refuse shall be kept and stored in such a manner that no obnoxious or otherwise offensive odor such as constitutes a nuisance is detectable on any adjacent street or property owned by someone other than the person owning the property where the refuse is kept or stored. This prohibition shall also include the container for storing refuse. It is important to double bag food waste to deter birds and cats from opening and scattering the contents. 

Rigid waste containers should not be put out earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to collection and disposable containers (bag, box or similar container) not earlier than 5:00 a.m. on collection day. Waste containers must be removed from the curb not later than 9:00 p.m. on collection day. 

Commercial Zone Refuse

City code allows for businesses to contract directly with a commercial refuse hauler. 

Annual Spring Cleanup

In late April-early May the city offers to its residents an annual spring cleanup for discarded household items other than construction materials.

Special Refuse Pick Up

The city will provide a special pickup for discarded household items other than construction materials for a fee. The minimum fee is $75.00 and could be higher based on the items set out for collection. Please respect your neighbor and do not set out household items unless you have arranged for these items to be picked up by the city or a private hauler. 

For more information on collections and disposal of refuse, recycling, yard waste and bulk materials, call City Hall at 302-227-6181 or contact the Streets Department

Disposal of Items City Will Not Pick Up

City refuse collection is intended to pick up typical household trash and garbage. The city does not pick up and dispose of certain construction materials such as pieces of wood and construction debris, tires and concrete. Electronics and any item that contains refrigerant, i.e., air conditioners and refrigerators, will not be picked up. The city also does not pick up hazardous waste such as wet paints of any kind and old batteries. You can dispose of old household-use batteries at the battery collection box in the recycling center located on Route 5 in Harbeson, DE. For information on disposal of construction debris and the safe disposal of hazardous wastes contact the Delaware Solid Waste Authority at or 800-404-7080