Residential Trash Collection

Our trash collection service rate is $30.00 per month ($90.00 per quarter). This service includes one pickup per week of normal household trash, one pickup per week of recyclables, and eligibility in our seasonally scheduled Yard Waste Collection Program.


Discounts are available for senior citizens. Please contact the office for more information.

Heavy Volume Service

Customers who generate excessive amounts of household trash will be charge accordingly. Trash volumes are monitored over several months in order to establish a pattern of waste production before the fee is increased. Customers with home businesses that impact waste production may also be subjected to this additional charge.

Low Volume Service

Low volume pricing is available for customers who consistently place a low volume of trash at the curbside for collection. We consider low volume to be a 30 gallon container. Customers who wish to be considered for this service will have their trash volume monitored over several months in order to establish a pattern of waste production before the fee is reduced.

Cancellation Policy

We require a 2-week written or phone notice from you (not a third-party) before your service can be cancelled. The 2-week notice will allow us to empty your recycle container, and schedule the pickup of our empty recycle container.

Curbside Recycling Collection

Palmatary's Sanitation offers a weekly curbside recycling service. Although customer participation in the Curbside Recycling Program is not mandatory, this service is included with the normal Residential Trash Collection service.

Acceptable Recyclable Materials

  • Newspapers & Paper Bags
  • Magazines & Catalogs
  • Telephone & Soft Cover Books
  • Junk Mail & Envelopes (all types)
  • Paper & Shredded Paper
  • Paperboard (cereal/tissue boxes)
  • Cardboard
  • Narrow-Neck Plastic Bottles (eg: Milk Jugs, Bleach/Detergent, Shampoo Bottles)
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Glass Bottles & Jars (any color) - please rinse out food
  • Metal Cans (tin/steel/aluminum) - please rinse out food
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Paper Towel & Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Clean Baking/Aluminum Foil (without food waste)
  • Wire Hangers


  • Accepted Plastics Plastic types 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7 are the only acceptable recyclable plastics. View complete list of plastic codes.
  • ~ Rinse all glass, metal cans and plastic bottles.
  • ~ Products contaminated with food or human waste goes in the trash.
  • ~ Do not put trash in your recycling container.
  • ~ Yard waste is a compost material and should be put out on yard waste collection days.
  • ~ Fast food containers are trash.
  • ~ Although you may have recycled your batteries, filters and electronics at the Recycling Center, those items are not recyclables in our Curbside Recycle Program.

Non-Recyclable Materials

Products Contaminated With Food

  • Pizza Boxes
  • Take-Out Containers
  • Fast Food Containers
  • Paper Plates & Towels
  • Waxed Beverage Containers

Products Contaminated With Bodily Fluids

  • Tissues
  • Diapers (Children & Adult)
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Non-Recyclable & Unacceptable Products

  • Styrofoam Products
  • Household Filters
  • Hazardous Waste & Containers *
  • Paints & Stains
  • Garbage

Recyclable, but Unacceptable Products

  • Light Bulbs *
  • Oil & Oil Filters *
  • Batteries *
  • Yard Waste
  • Electronics *

* Check with the DSWA for disposal options & Household Hazardous Collection Events at 800-404-7080 or DSWA.

Yard Waste Collection

This program is offered to our customers as a courtesy at no additional charge. It does not affect or change the regular household trash collection schedule. Refer to the Collection Services Schedule to determine the collection dates for your residential area. Please contact the office if you have any questions or feedback.

Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

  1. Only yard waste will be collected on your designated yard waste collection day.* Please refer to the Collection Services Schedule.
  2. There is a 2 bag/bundle limit per yard waste collection day. If you have more then 2 bags/bundles, please contact the office to order yard waste stickers. The cost is $15 per 10-pack of stickers.
  3. Tree trimming bundles should not exceed 4 ft. in length and branches should not exceed 4 inches in diameter. Trimmings and branches must be bundled securely with string.
  4. You will receive information concerning the Yard Waste Collection schedule by postcard, e-mail and this website.
  5. Yard waste must be placed at the curb in plastic bags, paper bags or trash cans by 7am.
  6. Customers with grass clippings can augment this collection service by utilizing DNREC's free yard waste drop-off sites.

* Customers who normally receive household trash collection service on Fridays will receive a second collection service for the yard waste later the same day.

Yard Waste Don'ts

Don't put trash of any kind in the same container as yard waste. Customers who have household trash intermingled with their yard waste will incur a $5 surcharge.

Don't put dirt out for disposal with yard waste. When you edge your yard, the waste byproduct is sod. This is not considered yard waste.

Don't place paper yard waste bags in cans. Moisture collects at the bottom of these containers, thereby destroying the bottom of the paper bags.

Don't use cans exceeding a 30-gallon capacity. Larger cans can prove to be too heavy to lift manually.

Things to Remember

  • Weeds from your flower beds are not considered yard waste and can be put out with your regular trash.
  • The yard waste schedule does not change your regular household trash pickup schedule. Household trash will be taken first. We will return for your yard waste.
  • Tree trimming bundles should not exceed 4 feet in length and branches should not exceed 4 inches in diameter. All trimmings must be bundled with string.
  • Do not use containers over 30 gallons. Larger cans are too heavy, and our trucks are not equipped with an automatic dumping mechanism.

This service is offered by Palmatary's Sanitation to all our customers at no additional charge.