Garbage & Recycling

Refuse Service

The City of St. Joseph contracts with Republic Services to provide refuse service to all non-rental property within the City of St. Joseph and rental property with three or fewer units. Non-residential property shall privately contract for the removal of refuse. The requirement for mandatory refuse collection is provided through St. Joseph Code of Ordinance 1007.

In addition to providing residential refuse service, the city maintains a compost area for residents to deposit lawn / garden waste and branches. Material that can be composted cannot be placed in the refuse receptacles provided by the refuse hauler. 


The refuse hauler will provide each resident with a garage receptacle which holds either or 30 or 60 gallons. In addition, the refuse hauler will provide a separate receptacle for recycling items. Refuse is picked up each Thursday with recycling picked up every other week. Receptacles placed near the street for collection can only be placed outside 24 hours prior to collection and must be brought back to the property within 24 hours of collection.

Refuse Rates

First Recycling Cart$12.00per bi-month
Second Recycling Cart$18.00per bi-month
Senior Citizen (Over 65 years of age)$13.00per bi-month
30 gallon cart$15.00per bi-month
60 gallon cart$17.00per bi-month
90 gallon cart$40.00per bi-month
Residential solid waste management services state tax9.75%excludes recycling

2020 Recycling Calendar


It is unlawful to place or allow any furniture constructed and originally sold for inside a structure at a place or location where it would be exposed to the weather elements and within view of the general public, unless it is has been set out to be picked up and transported to a disposal site within 48 hours.