Waste Disposal Guidelines


It is important that all who place residential solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky-items curbside for collection by municipal workers or by private vendors adhere to these practices.

Municipal Trash Collection

Trash must be placed in Official City of Fall River purple trash bags before being placed in green trash carts.  Those residents that do not place their trash in City Bags will be subject to fines. Please place your trash cart at the curb after 4:00 p.m. the day before or by 7:00 a.m. on the day of the trash collection. Please make sure that all your trash fits in the cart and that the lid is closed. No trash may be placed outside of the green trash cart. Please place carts at least 2ft apart and 2 ft. from any structure – such as a telephone pole with the handle toward your residence. On weeks with holidays collections will take place one day later than your usual collection day.

Items that do not fit in a barrel are considered bulky items and must purchase a sticker to place on the items prior to collection. Please contact your vendor for rules if you have hired a private company for trash collection. Stickers may be purchased at the DCM office located at One Government Center in Room 511 from Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  You will be informed of your scheduled collection day at that time. Please note that bulky items are not collected on Holiday weeks. Items must be placed out after 4pm the day before collection or by 7 am on the scheduled pick up day.  Please contact the Sanitation Division at 508 324 2584 for more information.

* Failure to follow these guidelines can result in violations punishable by fines.