GFL Environmental USA serves as the garbage and recycling hauler for the City of Fort Wayne. 


Residential Garbage Collection Fees 

Single Family Households: $17.03 per month

Multi-Family Units: $34.06 per month

Extra garbage carts: $4 per month



As of January 1, 2023, the City of Fort Wayne Solid Waste Department has increased the cost of additional City garbage carts requested by residents. The additional garbage cart fee is $4 a month for each additional City garbage cart beyond the one (1) cart that is allotted per single family household or (2) carts that is allotted per multi-family units.

If you have additional garbage carts at your address, you will automatically be charged an additional $4 for each extra cart unless you call 311 and ask to have your additional cart(s) picked up. When your additional cart(s) have been picked up, the additional fee will be removed.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

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The City provides one 96-gallon or 48-gallon cart to each household for garbage collection. The carts are the property of the City and must be left at the service address in the event the resident moves.

If you need a cart, cart repair, or replacement please call 311.  


The City of Fort Wayne's residential garbage program is an essential resident and neighborhood service. Garbage is collected once a week in each residential neighborhood. Find your collection day here.


Garbage/Recycling collection services will run a day behind for observance of the following holidays in 2024:

January 1 - New Year's Day

January 15 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

May 27 - Memorial Day

June 19 - Juneteenth

July 4 - Fourth of July

September 2 - Labor Day

November 28 - Thanksgiving Day

December 25 - Christmas Day

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1. Trash should be bagged.
2. Fill your cart first.
3. If cart is full, place no more than three bags out for collection.
4. Place trash and recycling carts three-feet apart. 



Except for leaves, yard waste can be placed in city cart. Grass clippings can be bagged in plastic or brown biodegradable bags not exceeding 35 pounds. 

We do not take bundled branches outside of a city cart, but branches be cut down to fit inside a city cart. Resident can also take bundled branches to the Biosolids Facility at 6202 Lake Avenue. 


Leaves cannot be disposed of in the garbage cart. If you have spring leaf clean-up, please take them to Biosolids at 6202 Lake Avenue.

Hours: April 1-November 30

  • Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
  • December 1-March 31 Mon-Fri 7am-3pm
  • **Fees do apply**

Fall leaves are collected by the Street Department during the months of November through December. Bagged leaves are also collected in the spring. Date to be determined.

Welcome to the Solid Waste Department

Click link for collection schedule4Look Up Your Trash/Recycle Day

2021 FALL "Recycle Matters" Newsletter: Click Here

2023 Recycle Calendar: Click Here

The Solid Waste Department is responsible for managing all aspects of the collection and disposal of residential solid waste in the City of Fort Wayne, including: monitoring the collections of residential solid waste and recycling generated within the City; overseeing removal of illegally dumped Freon appliances; monitoring the garbage user fee and appeal process; enforcing the City Garbage Ordinance; and coordinating environmental programs as necessary. For more information about the City of Fort Wayne's Solid Waste Services, please call the City 311 Call Center by dialing 311 or (260) 427-8311 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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  Residential Recycling Program 
  Recycling Aternatives for household items 

Electronics Recycling 
Grasscycling Information
Borrow-A-Bin Program 

Tackling Contamination 
click here

Composting Information click here


  Garbage Collection Information  
   Garbage Collection Tips & Hints
  Red River Performance Dashboard  
Garbage Collection Day Map  
  Garbage User Fee Information & Appeals Form  
  Chapter 50 Garbage Ordinance  





Participate in the City's annual Great American Clean up!


Solid Waste Management
Citizens Square
200 East Berry Street, Suite 210
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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