City of Zachary

Trash/Recycling Pickup

Public Works

Residential Trash/Garbage Pickup

The City of Zachary has a solid waste collection contract with Waste Management of Louisiana for garbage and trash pickup.  Curbside garbage/solid waste pickup is provided twice a week per week to each residential home. Garbage/solid waste is useless, unwanted or discarded materials with insufficient liquid content to be free flowing, that results from domestic operations.

Bulk waste pickup is provided once a week to each residential home. Bulk items are items that are too large for the trash cart, such as a sofas, stoves, hot water heaters, mattress/box springs, old carpets or tree limbs. Residents can contact the City of Zachary Utility Office at 225 654-6871 for their specific collection dates, which are depending on the residence location.

Acceptable Bulk Waste:

  • Tree, shrub and lawn trimmings securely tied together forming an easily handled package not exceeding 4 feet in length or 35 pounds in weight or 12 inches in diameter, it is best to compile bulk waste in small piles
  • Containerized, bagged or bundled grass, leaves, flowers, stalks, stems and tree trimmings that are generated by the resident
  • Non-commercial sized residential air conditioners, hot water heaters, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, garbage compactors, and dishwashers, or other similar non-commercial residential kitchen appliances that have been properly certified as having CFC’s or other refrigerants removed
  • Sofas, stoves, mattress/box springs, carpets
  • Tin, metal (please keep separate)
  • Building materials resulting from construction, remodeling repair generated by the homeowner (please keep in neat piles)

Unacceptable Bulk Waste:

  • Building materials resulting from construction, remodeling repair or demolition operations generated by a contractor (this is the responsibility of the contractor)
  • Tree limbs, tree trunks generated by a contractor (this is the responsibility of the contractor)
  • Dead animals
  • Eviction items
  • Tires
  • Animal waste
  • Household hazardous waste (paint, chemicals, thinner, batteries, electronics)

Things to do on garbage day:

  • Place your garbage can, or bags out the night before your designated pickup day
  • Make sure your garbage is 3 feet from mailbox
  • All residential garbage must be placed in containers or bags

Things NOT to do on garbage day:

  • Do not overload your garbage can
  • Do not put any liquid or hazardous waste in your garbage can
  • Do not dispose of heavy materials like concrete or construction debris in your garbage can
  • Do not place yard trimmings in your garbage can, please bag or bundle them
  • Do not park vehicles in front of your garbage can
  • Do not place tree limbs under power lines or low hanging limbs

Residents may also dispose of garbage, trash, and bulk items at the East Baton Rouge Parish North Landfill, located at 16001 Samuels Road in Zachary between the hours of 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Residents are limited to garbage disposal four times per month at no fee.  Bulk items, such as demolition debris or building materials will be weighed and charged a $28 per ton tipping fee, or 1000 pounds or less at $14.00.  For questions or inquiries, contact the EBRP North Landfill at 225 389-4813.

Waste Management observes the following legal holiday:  Christmas Day.  These will be non-collection days.  Should the scheduled collection day fall on an above-described holiday, the collection will be accomplished on the next business day after such holiday.


Residential Recycling Pickup

The Recycling Foundation, a Progressive Waste Solutions Company, is contracted by the City of Zachary for the collection of residential recycling.  This service is provided once a week per customer.  Collection days are Monday and Friday.  If your garbage days are Monday and Thursday, your recycling day will be Monday.  If your garbage collection days are Tuesday and Friday, your recycling day will be Friday.  All recyclable materials must be in an 18-gallon green recycling bin.  If you need a green bin, they are available for pickup at the City of Zachary Annex, located at 4750 Main Street.  All recyclable materials can be mixed in these bins. It is best to put your recycling cart out the night before it is to be picked up. Route pickup begins at 5 a.m. each morning.

Acceptable recycling products:

  • Newspaper, magazines, scrap paper, cardboard, glass, plastics with a 1-7 inside the recycle arrow, milk cartons, juice boxes, detergent refill containers, aluminum cans, tin cans, steel cans, bimetal cans and metal lids
  • Juice, milk and cream boxes and cartons (rinse), cereal and cracker boxes (remove liners)
  • Clear, brown and green beverage bottles and food jars (empty and rinse), wine bottles (remove the top, cork, and foil, rinse).

Unacceptable recycling products:

  • Plastic bags, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, plastic film, household garbage, yard trimmings or woody waste, building materials, automobile/trailer or bike tires, household or hazardous waste (electronics, batteries, paint, chemicals, oil or oil filters), soiled papers (diapers, tissues, paper towels, paper plates, napkins, or pizza boxes)
  • Clothes hangers, toys, 6-pack rings, chemical containers, packing materials or plastic wrap, soiled paper, photos, hardcover books, carbon paper, newspaper delivery bags or rubber bands
  • Waxy frozen food packaging, take-out food containers, pizza boxes, light bulbs, mirrors, window glass, drinking glasses, ceramics, or Pyrex