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Trash & Sanitation

Dumpsters

Rumpke is the exclusive service provider of open top dumpster rentals for Covington residents and businesses.

You must obtain a dumpster permit from the City before having one delivered and placed on the sidewalk or street. 

If you want to report an illegal dumpster or container, contact Community Services at 859-292-2323.

Contact Name: Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Contact Phone: 1-877-786-7537
Contact E-Mail: covington@rumpke.com

Hazardous Waste Removal and/or Pick-up

The City does not provide direct services for hazardous waste removal. If you need to dispose of hazardous waste, please contact the NKY Household Hazardous Waste Coalition (NKYHHWC). This organization hosts recycling and disposal events throughout the year.

Contact Name: Kenton County Solid Waste Coordinator
Contact Phone: 859-392-1920

Illegal Dumping

If you are actively observing illegal dumping, contact dispatch at 859-356-3191. Illegal dumping is a criminal offense that the City takes seriously. If possible and without risk to your safety, if you observe someone dumping, please try to record a license plate and vehicle and person description, as well as provide exact location details. 

If you observe solid waste that has been disposed of improperly or illegally please contact the Solid Waste Department.

Contact Name: Sheila Fields
Contact Phone: 859-292-2121
Contact E-Mail: sfields@covingtonky.gov

Leaf Collection

Please use this service request type to request collection of leaves. The autumn leaf collection program runs between November and January. No Parking Signs will be displayed in the area of pick-up by Department of Public Improvements (DPI) 24 hours in advance. Residents are asked to blow their leaves to the curb for the City's leaf truck to come by and vacuum them. Residents should pile leaves neatly and the curb and not bag them. 

For service outside the typical collection program period, please use the 'Yard Waste' service request type.

To view the Residential Leaf Collection Schedule and Map, click here.

Contact Name: Allison Donaldson
Contact Phone: 859-292-2292
Contact E-Mail: adonaldson@covingtonky.gov

Litter Enforcement

Please use this request type to report improper disposal of trash or solid waste. Inspectors will issue tickets for violations such as using street litter cans for trash that should go in your own trash can, improperly posting signs in the public space, or having trash/recycling containers in public space before 6 p.m. the day before trash collection day or after 12 p.m. on the day after.

Business property owners may be cited for not having licensed trash and recycling haulers or not having frequent enough solid waste collections.

Contact Name: Code Enforcement
Contact Phone: 859-292-2323
Contact E-Mail: kstrategier@covingtonky.gov

Public Trash Receptacles

Please use this request for installation, removal or repair of a public trash can in a public area or park.

Contact Name: Sheila Fields
Contact Phone: 859-292-2121
Contact E-Mail: sfields@covingtonky.gov

Recycling

Curbside recycling is available to all Covington households at no additional charge. Households participating in the City’s recycling program are provided with a green, 65-gallon wheeled recycling cart.

Recycling is collected every week on the same day as your scheduled trash pick-up. Curbside recycling is available to all Covington households at no additional charge. To sign-up for service, contact Rumpke at 1-877-786-7537.

Contact Name: Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Contact Phone: 1-877-786-7537
Contact E-Mail: covington@rumpke.com

Residential Trash and Recycling

Residential trash and recycling services are provided by Rumpke Waste & Recycling. Residential service includes:

  • The collection of a City-issued 95-gallon trash cart
  • The collection of a City-issued 65-gallon recycling cart
  • 12 large items/excessive trash pick ups per year (if properly prepared and stickered)
  • 1 real Christmas tree pickup
  • 2 bulk clean up days per year (dates TBA)

To learn more about residential trash collection please visit click on the "Residents" tab above then "Trash & Recycling." 

Recycling is collected every week on the same day as your scheduled trash pick-up. Curbside recycling is available to all Covington households at no additional charge. To sign-up for service, contact Rumpke at 1-877-786-7537.


Contact Name: Rumpke
Contact Phone: 1-877-786-7537
Contact E-Mail: covington@rumpke.com

Trash Cart - Repair or Replacement

Please use this request type to request repair or replacement of a trash or recycling cart for residential or business use.

Rumpke can fix issues with wheels, lids and cart lift bar. Cart may be temporarily or permanently replaced depending on the nature of the damage. 

If you believe your trash or recycling cart has been stolen, Please follow the following steps to obtain a new cart:

  • Contact Rumpke to alert them of the incident and get the serial number for your cart.
  • Download and complete the City of Covington Missing/Stolen Cart Form.
  • Before returning the form, check your neighborhood to see if you can locate your missing cart based on the serial number.
  • If you are unable to locate your missing cart, return the completed form to Rumpke via regular mail at P.O. Box 575, Alexandria, KY, 41001 or by faxing to 859-448-0521. The form can also be sent electronically by emailing covington@rumpke.com.

Your claim will be reviewed and a replacement cart ordered.  Multiple claims may result in denial or fees.

Contact Name: Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Contact Phone: 1-877-786-7537
Contact E-Mail: covington@rumpke.com

Trash Collection - Green Stickers

As part of the changes to how trash is collected in the City, all trash is required to be placed inside City-issued trash cart for collection. However, the City understands that there will be instances throughout the year when property owners have more trash than what carts can hold, or items too large to fit inside a trash cart.

To accommodate for these instances, the City provides each household with 12 green stickers per year. These stickers allow residents to place additional waste items that do not fit inside the City-issued trash cart for curbside collection at no additional cost. One sticker can be used to dispose one large item or of up to six 30-gallon bags of trash or yard waste.

Residents can purchase additional stickers for large items through the City at a cost of $5 per sticker. If you continuously have more trash than what your trash cart can hold, please request additional trash carts from Rumpke. Participating in the City’s recycling program can also reduce trash.

When placing an item or items with green stickers at the curb for pick up please follow these guidelines:

  • Place one sticker on every large item or 30-gallon bag of trash set out for collection that is not contained in a cart. One sticker can be used for up to six additional bags of trash.
  • If you are disposing of yard waste, loose shrubbery or tree limbs must be bundled and tied in lengths no larger than 4 feet long and 2 feet wide.  Bundles should not exceed 50 pounds and should be marked with a green sticker.
  • Prepare large items for collection. For example, mattresses, box springs and upholstered furniture should be wrapped and sealed in plastic and Freon should be properly removed from appliances.
  • Alert Rumpke 48-hours prior to the collection day of their intention of disposing of a large item.

Contact Name: Sheila Fields
Contact Phone: 859-292-2121
Contact E-Mail: sfields@covingtonky.gov

Trash Collection - Large Items

A large item is any item that is too big to fit inside your cart such as furniture, appliances, or mattresses.

Residents can place up to 12 large items for curbside collection each year, at no additional cost. To avoid citations and/or fines, follow the procedures below:

  • Place one sticker on every large item set out for collection that is not contained in a cart.
  • Prepare large items for collection. For example, mattresses, box springs and upholstered furniture should be wrapped and sealed in plastic. If wrapped together, one mattress and one box spring are considered one large item. Freon should be properly removed from appliances.
  • Alert Rumpke 48-hours prior to the collection day of their intention of disposing of a large item.

Residents who require the collection of more than 12 large items per year should contact Rumpke at 1-877-786-7537. Additional fees will apply.

Contact Name: Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Contact Phone: 1-877-786-7537
Contact E-Mail: covington@rumpke.com

Trash Collection - Missed

Please use this service request type to report missed regular waste collection. If routine trash collection falls on Christmas Day or New Years Day your waste collection will be delayed by 1 day.

Contact Name: Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Contact Phone: 1-877-786-7537
Contact E-Mail: covington@rumpke.com

Trash Pick Up

Please click on this map for the City's trash pick up schedule. You can either enter your address or zoom in on your location to find your trash pick-up day.

To begin trash pick up at your residence or business, please contact Rumpke.

Contact Name: Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Contact Phone: 1-877-786-7537
Contact E-Mail: covington@rumpke.com

Trash Receptacle Maintenance

Please use this request type to report a public trash can that is full/overflowing and needs to be emptied. The City of Covington currently provides 300 trash cans and damage can occur to these cans. Please use this service request type to also report any damage to these containers.

Contact Name: Sheila Fields
Contact Phone: 859-292-2121

Waste & Recycling Landlord Toolkit

To help landlords share information on trash and recycling procedures, the City and Rumpke have created Landlord Toolkits with trash guidelines, schedules, and maps.

To download the Waste & Recycling Landlord Toolkit, click here.

Contact Name: Sheila Fields
Contact Phone: 859-292-2121
Contact E-Mail: sfields@covingtonky.gov

Yard Waste Removal or Pickup

Yard waste can be placed in your City-issued brown cart for disposal. If you have more yard waste than what your cart holds, follow the Large Item Collection or Special Pick-up procedures.

You can use one of the City’s Large Item Pickup stickers to dispose of up to six, 30-gallon bags of yard waste. 

Loose shrubbery or tree limbs must be bundled and tied in lengths no larger/longer than 4 feet long and 2 feet wide.  Bundles should not exceed 50 pounds and be marked with a Large Item Sticker. 

Residents are encouraged to alert Rumpke 48-hours prior to the collection day of their intention of disposing of a Large Item.

Contact Name: Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Contact Phone: 1-877-786-7537
Contact E-Mail: covington@rumpke.com

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