Frequently Asked Questions
RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE (continued)
Dos and DON’Ts of Proper Sharps (Needles) Disposal
The City of Auburn recommends residents use a heavy-duty plastic
household container for the disposal of needles, which can then be placed
in with your regular household garbage.
NEVER PLACE LOOSE NEEDLES IN THE GARBAGE.
Medical and other related facilities must dispose of needles in accordance with
applicable regulatory guidelines. Note the following guidelines issued by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
• DO immediately place used needles and other sharps in a sharps disposal
container to reduce the risk of needle sticks, cuts or punctures from loose
• DO use an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, if possible. If an FDA
cleared container is not available, some organizations and community
guidelines recommend using a heavy-duty plastic household container as
• DO make sure that if a household container is used, it has the basic features
of a good disposal container.
• DO carry a portable sharps disposal container for travel.
• DO follow your community guidelines for getting rid of your sharps disposal
• DO keep all sharps and sharps disposal containers out of reach of children
• DO seal sharps disposal containers when disposing of them, label them
properly and check your community guidelines on how to properly dispose
• DO ask your medical or prescription insurer whether they cover sharps disposal
• DO ask the manufacturer of your drug products that are used with a needle or
other sharps if they provide a sharps disposal container to patients at no charge.
• DO report a problem associated with sharps and disposal containers.
• DO ask your health care provider, veterinarian, local hospital or pharmacist
o Where and how to get an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container,
o If they can dispose of your used needles and other sharps, or
o If they know of sharps disposal programs near you.
• DON’T throw loose needles and other sharps into the trash.
• DON’T flush needles and other sharps down the toilet.
• DON’T put needles and other sharps in your recycling bin-they are not recyclable.
• DON’T try to remove, bend, break, or recap needles used by another person.
This can lead to accidental needle sticks, which may cause serious infections.
• DON’T attempt to remove the needle without a needle clipper because the needle
could fall, fly off, or get lost and injure someone.
For additional information on the handling of sharps see http://www.fda.gov/.
RESIDENTIAL TRASH (Bulky/Yard Debris)
When is trash collected in my area?
Your trash is scheduled to be collected on the same day as your garbage.
on the General Interactive or Public Service map to view the routing
schedule or contact our office at 501-3080 to ascertain your scheduled
What time should I place my yard waste out at the curb on my collection
Trash piles should be placed at the curb either the evening before your collection
day or no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day.
Q What types of material may I place out for trash collection?
Trash should be separated into two (2) distinct piles when possible: leaves,
grass/clippings, limbs, or other woody debris, straw, etc. in one pile, and metal,
old furniture, etc. and other debris in another pile. Please remove loose or
unobstructed nails, screws that could injure collection personnel. Also, please
do not place multiple piles out for collection.
Where in my yard should I place my waste?
Place yard waste at least three (3) feet from the roadway, but not in the travel
portion of the street/and or on sidewalks to prevent traffic and/or pedestrian
hazards. Trash should be placed in front of your residence and not on medians,
vacant or abandoned property, or another’s property. Additionally, “community
piles” are prohibited.
Should I bag my grass clippings and leaves for collection?
Customers are not required to bag grass clippings, nor leaves but it is suggested
as the wind may scatter the debris and prevent the collection of your material.
Are there limitations on the volume of trash , bulky waste, yard and tree
trimmings that I am allowed to place out for collection on my scheduled
Each residence is limited to 5 cubic yards (6 feet x 6 feet x 4 feet)
of material each week. Debris piles in excess of this limit may be
assessed additional charges. Should the limited amount be exceeded,
arrangements may be made with the department for collection at a
charge of $50.00 per half trailer load or $100.00 for amounts exceeding
one-half trailer load and an additional $100.00 per return trip. Also,
please do not place multiple piles out for collection.
Are there items that I am not permitted to place out for trash collection?
Yes. Prohibited items include household garbage, animal waste, concrete, dirt,
roofing shingles, rocks, sawdust, tires, large tree stumps, hazardous materials
such as antifreeze, insect sprays, herbicides, etc. Please save hazardous chemical
items for our annual Hazardous Household Waste Disposal event which will be
advertised via our website, newspaper, Open Line, radio, etc.
Are there areas that I am not permitted to place my trash?
Yes. To prevent flooding and other water-drainage issues, trash should not be
placed in/on roadway gutters, ditches, culverts, or other areas of the City’s storm
Is it permitted to place materials out that were generated from a
No. Commercial building materials and woody debris generated from lot clearing
projects should be removed by the company utilized.
What if I have a dryer, hot water heater, refrigerator or microwave that
is no longer operable, am I permitted to place it out for trash collection?
Yes. Place it at curbside for collection along with the rest of your bulky/yard debris.
Where is the trash disposed of?
Currently, all trash is transported to the Sand Hill Recycling Center, Inc. located
just outside of Auburn. This facility is permitted by the Alabama Department of
Public Health to receive such material. The woody debris is ground into mulch and
used in some instances during landscape construction projects and/or for landfill
cover as permitted. White goods (appliances) are usually crushed and recycled
after all freon has been removed according to regulations. All other trash material
that is not recyclable (typically 40% or less of the total volume submitted by
the City) is then transported to a permitted Construction and Demolition (C&D)
facility or processed otherwise as allowed under Alabama environmental regulations.