Garbage & Trash

Each household will receive one 95 gallon garbage collection container (referred to as a "cart"). Free of Charge The carts are City property and are assigned to the household using an individual serial number that corresponds to the address using a digital scanner. The cart is an industry standard grade container with wheels, a lid and a handle. The cart can ONLY be used for garbage and can ONLY be emptied by an automated mechanism and are the ONLY containers that can be used to place garbage at the curb. One additional container per household can be rented for a one time fee of $60 or less, depending on market costs and inventory. View a list of FAQ's and more information about the program here.

Household garbage only (no bulk items) will be collected twice weekly. Remove all recyclable items. Styrofoam™ - drink cups & fast food containers - should be discarded in the garbage- not recycling.

Scheduled Trash Day

Bulk waste or trash collection days, which includes old furniture, yard waste, home improvement by-products, attic contents, shrubbery, toys and games, BBQ grills, and appliances - are scheduled for EACH DISTRICT (4) times this year. Separate trucks collect metals, air conditioners and refrigerators. We cannot collect whole pallets, truck tires, oil based paint, oil or concrete – asphalt – cinder blocks etc… Typical household garbage will not be collected on Trash Day, follow your regular pick up schedule. Please make note and adhere to your scheduled trash day.

Collection Schedule by District

DPW Schedules will change only on weeks where holidays fall, and in the event of a severe natural weather occurrence such as a snowstorm or hurricane, when services may be delayed or canceled. All sanitation items must be placed at the curb by 6 am on your scheduled pick-up day. Please refer to your District for DPW pick-up schedule.

View an Index Guide of Linden City Streets and Districts
(Note: The voting wards and districts have not been changed)

District 1Even side only West Curtis Street District 2Odd side only West Curtis Street
District 3Odd side only on Roselle Street District 4Even side only on Roselle Street
District 5 District 6
District 7 District 8
District 9 District 10

Outsiders are not allowed to bring in trash from out of town. We pay hefty fees to dump our trash and ultimately we, the taxpayers shoulder the expense of outside trash. If you see anyone bringing trash from out of town, we urge you to call this department. All calls will be handled discretely and remain totally confidential.

If you are moving, you must call this department BEFORE PLACING any trash at the curb and if our schedule permits, we will issue to you a special CONFIRMED trash pickup. – THIS SERVICE MAY CARRY A FEE.

All Other Collections

Christmas Trees

REMOVE stands and decorations before disposal.


On the grass clippings from lawn mowing will be accepted. Place in a sturdy container labeled GRASS or in biodegradable paper bags. DO NOT mix in bushes, branches, rocks, dirt or other yard waste with grass clippings and DO NOT PUT GRASS IN PLASTIC BAGS. WE WILL NOT COLLECT GRASS IN PLASTIC BAGS. Grass can never be piled in the curb line.

Bagged leaves

Place leaves in sturdy containers or biodegradable paper bags. LEAVES IN PLASTIC BAGS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED. Do not mix in yard waste with leaves.

Answers to Frequently Asked Trash Questions

  • Concrete must be broken off of fence posts before we take the posts.
  • All fuels and oils must be drained from mowers and blowers prior to?collection.
  • Propane cylinders must be detached from BBQ grills.
  • Wood and building materials must be cut to 4' lengths and all nails removed or bent back prior to collection.
  • We cannot collect wet paint - driveway sealers - spackles & putty - or waxes in liquid form. Remove the lids and allow product to harden or dry in the sun. Adding cat litter or shredded newspaper will speed this process.
  • Use heavy duty plastic bags to discard loose trash.
  • Cardboard boxes will be emptied of trash - but the boxes will then be left for the homeowner to recycle on P day.