During the spring and winter, Green Cart Collection will adjust to seasonal schedules.

Weekly green cart pickup returns the last week of April.

Schedule Timeframe Green cart collection
Winter schedule November to March Once every other week
Spring schedule April to October Weekly

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Why does the green cart schedule change?

During the winter months, green carts are primarily used for food waste and there is less yard waste to collect. As the carts are not as full, collection is reduced to every other week in the winter months.

In the spring, when yard waste becomes more common and the weather warms up, green cart collection will resume weekly pickup.

Will I get a refund for fewer pickups in the winter?

The monthly green cart fee already includes the cost savings for the seasonal schedule pickup changes. These savings are averaged out over the year to keep the fee consistent from month to month.

It is not a “per collection” fee, but covers the entire cost of the Green Cart program including year-round facility operation and equipment like collection trucks and carts.

To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates​.

Are the blue or black carts pickup schedules affected?

There are no changes to blue or black cart collection.

Blue carts will continue to be collected weekly. Black carts will continue to be collected once every other week on a separate day.

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