Cincinnati starts new phase in trash cart transition plan

Cincinnati is starting a new phase in its push to swap out old trash carts.

City officials said about 90,000 carts have already been delivered. That means about 99 percent of residents have received their initial carts.

Nearly all the 35 gallon carts have been shipped out so now the city is turning to the requests for 95-gallon carts.

Delivery of those carts starts Tuesday. Officials said about 3,200 of the 5,400 total requests have yet to be swapped out.

Department of Public Services crews have been working six days a week to get the transition complete.

Residents who haven’t received their cards yet are asked to continue to use their old one until the new carts arrive.

There are some new rules coming online along with the carts. Residents are asked to:

  • Put all household trash in the City provided cart
  • Fully close the lid of the cart
  • Place trash at the curb by 6 a.m. on the scheduled collection day
  • Yard waste is still collected on the same day as recycling.
  • Citizens can place more than one can or paper yard waste bag out as long as the yard waste is properly prepared.
  • All yard waste must be in a can clearly labeled Yard Waste, or in a paper yard waste bag. Branches and brush can be tied in bundles less than 48 inches long.
  • Yard Waste cans and bundles cannot exceed 40 lbs.
  • Litter, construction debris and regular trash cannot be mixed in with yard waste.
  • Yard waste and recycling pickup schedule (green and gold) is available at
  • Repurpose old trashcans by labeling them: Yard Waste and place them next to your recycling cart on your green or gold collection day.
  • Consider repurposing yard waste: Mulched lawn clippings can help conserving moisture and improving the fertility and health of your lawn

Since the holidays are approaching, a series of amnesty days have been set up.

Residents will be permitted to set out additional trash in sealed plastic trash bags next to approved containers.

The upcoming amnesty days for 2013 and 2014 include:

  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 30, 2013-Dec. 6, 2013
  • Winter Holidays - Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 3, 2014
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Independence Day - July 5, 2014 - July 11, 2014
  • Labor Day – Sept. 2, 2014 – Sept. 6, 2014

The city is also making a push to get residents to recycle more during the transition.

City officials said many of the items tossed in trash carts could be recycled which can significantly reduce the amount of trash thrown in trash bins.

Residents can request a second recycling cart by calling 513-591-6000, or to report problems with their new trash carts.

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