Waste Collection & Recycling

Wooster's Waste and Recycling Program

The City of Wooster serves the community with weekly residential waste and recycling pick-up. In recent years, the City has contracted with Waste Management to provide this essential service, dramatically lowering rates ($13.00 a month per household, versus up to $30.00 for individually contracted services in our region). Households are required to use designated waste and recycling carts (this enhances safety and sanitation while keeping costs low). Waste pick-up is unlimited - any extra bags or materials that do not fit inside of the carts should be placed alongside the cart on the scheduled pick-up day. 

SCHEDULES: Carts should be taken to the curbside no later than 6:30 am the day of pick-up, and should be brought back from the curbside within 24 hours after pick-up.  Waste Management runs collections on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Please click here for Map and Street List). 

  • Downtown & South End (South of Wayne Avenue): Wednesday
  • Central Wooster & Hospital District (North of Wayne Avenue, South of Milltown / Dix Expressway / Portage Road): Thursday
  • North End (North of Milltown / Dix Expressway / Portage Road): Friday

HOLIDAY SCHEDULES: Please note, when a major holiday falls before or on a scheduled collection day during a given week, Waste Management technicians will service the street the following day. (For instance, Wednesday customers will be serviced Thursday, Thursday customers on Friday, and Friday customers serviced on Saturday.)

Learn more about the City of Wooster's waste and recycling services at https://home.wm.com/wooster.

CARING FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT: Because of the dangers they pose, it is illegal to dispose of batteries, tires, and certain chemicals into the residential waste collection stream. These unlawfully disposed products have started fires and released toxic fumes in nearby landfills, recycling stations, and even in trucks while in transit, creating life-threatening situations. Additionally, only glass, metal canisters, and paper products are able to be processed in our northern Ohio region. Products such as clothes, metal bars, and plastic shopping bags are not able to be recycled, damage recycling equipment, and ultimately increase costs for other customers. To learn more about locations that will accept hazardous materials, please visit the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste District at https://www.timetorecycle.org/ and check out the "What Do I Do With..." feature on the main page.

For questions on billing or to request an additional cart, please contact Wooster City Services. Thank you for keeping Wooster safe and clean!