Akron Curbside Service: Rules Regarding Yard Waste and Taking Out Trash

by Cindy Pantea  –

This post has been updated with current info as of 4/15/2015.

Keep Akron Beautiful recently received a couple of questions regarding your Akron Curbservice. We are sharing these questions and answers for your information:

What should I do with tree clippings, leaves, weeds and especially poison ivy?

You can call 311 from your home phone or (330) 375-2311 to schedule a special pickup of bags of weeds that will not fit in your trash cart.

NOTE: YOU MUST CALL ONE WEEK AHEAD TO SCHEDULE A SPECIAL PICKUP AND ARE ONLY ALLOWED 3 SPECIAL PICKUPS PER YEAR.

Or, make tied rolls/bundles of your tree and brush clippings and place the bundles to be taken during your normal collection day.

NOTE: BUNDLES MUST NOT BE LONGER THAN 4 FEET LONG.

Special pickup and weekly bulk pickup are explained below the 2014-2015 Rules and Regulations on the 2014_trash_service_brochure. Note: You can always find an updated trash service brochure at http://www.akronohio.gov/cms/Public_Works/Trash_Collection/index.html.

Always keep in mind that Summit ReWorks is a great resource with residential options beyond curbside.

Why are people all of the sudden putting garbage out at the curb before 4:30 PM before the day of normal pickup?

It is a rule that you normally cannot put material out before 4:30 p.m. the day before your scheduled pickup. However, the City of Akron has waived this rule until July 26, 2013 due to the recent flooding.

If you are a City of Akron curb service customer and have experienced basement flooding, you can put damaged material on the curb strip where your normal trash is placed but you must call 311 from your home phone or (330) 375-2311 from outside the City or from a cell phone to schedule this free pickup.  Pickups will occur on your normally scheduled pickup day.

NOTE: THIS SPECIAL PICKUP FOR FLOODING WILL NOT COUNT AGAINST THE TREE SPECIAL PICKUPS THE CITY OFFERS TO ITS CUSTOMERS EACH YEAR.

If you have any questions about your Akron Curbservice Program, call 330.375.2311 from any phone.

6 thoughts on “Akron Curbside Service: Rules Regarding Yard Waste and Taking Out Trash

    • It is recommended to leave short clippings or use a mulching mower for higher grass because the cut grass can actually put nutrients back into your lawn. Collecting them for the compost pile is also a great recycling technique. Otherwise clippings should be bagged and placed in trash for curbside pickup, which actually ends up in the landfill. Never place in the recycle bin because clippings will clog up machines at the recycling facility. Also, never dump piles of clippings–or leaves for that matter–in ravines as it can cause erosion and drainage issues. For direct information on Akron curbside pickup and recycling, call the City of Akron at 330.375.2311.

  1. When this program first started, containers WERE SUPPOSED to be in front of residents homes. It doesn’t seem like that anymore. I have people on Kenmore Blvd putting there trash in my yard because THEY do not want to walk up there front yard hill. If that’s SUPPOSED to be the rule, can’t you people push this rule to make it happen, or is it just written to take up space? Thanks

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