Solid Waste & Recycling

About Our Division

The mission of the Solid Waste and Recycling Division is twofold: One, to provide quality waste management services to our citizens and businesses safely, professionally, and at a reasonable cost. And two, to develop an evolving recycling program that helps protect the environment for future generations.   

The City’s service provider is Rumpke Waste & Recycling, reached at (800) 828-8171.

Trash Collection and Curbside Recycling

  • To arrange for new service, residents should call Rumpke.
  • Collection schedule:
    • Trash is collected once a week based on this SCHEDULE in the map below. To view a larger map click, HERE.

    • On holidays, collection follows normal schedules except Christmas and New Year’s Day. During those weeks, the collection schedule is pushed back a day starting with the holiday itself.
  • Commercial accounts: All businesses must contract with Rumpke for waste collection and recycling services. For additional details related to waste collection at commercial buildings, see HERE
  • Multi-family residential accounts: All multi-family residences with five or more units must contract directly with Rumpke for waste collection and recycling services.
  • New development: Note that any developer building a new commercial building or multi-family complex (or substantially renovating an existing site) must submit a waste management plan to the City and Rumpke for approval.

Recycling

Curbside recycling service is offered at no additional charge to residents with solid waste accounts. To sign up, call Rumpke at (800) 828-8171.

  • Video featuring Rumpke’s recycling facility.

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Initiatives/Events

  • Adopt-A-Spot: Volunteers “adopt” a street, a park, flower planter, or other “spot” and make it beautiful. Previous coverage.
  • E-waste event: Drop off problematic electronic “waste” and confidential papers (for shredding) at this annual event. Previous coverage.
  • Household hazardous event: Annual regional event sponsored by NKHHWAC helps you clean up the average home’s version of fuel rods from a nuclear reactor: Dangerous waste like aerosol cans, used antifreeze, dead batteries, and left-over pesticides. Previous coverage.
  • RiverSweep: Thousands of volunteers scour the muddy banks of the 981-mile-long Ohio River of trash, debris, and very odd discoveries. Previous coverage.
  • Great American Cleanup: Every April, an army of volunteers pick up trash, plant flowers, spread mulch, paint signs, etc. throughout #LoveTheCov. Previous coverage.
  • Christmas tree recycling: Want to get rid of that natural Christmas tree in a “green” manner? Every year, we help. Previous coverage.
  • Trash the Cig, Not the City: Efforts to keep discarded cigarette butts off the street.
    Previous coverage.
  • Tires: In 2020, the City and Rumpke held their first free tire drop-off event. Previous coverage. Stay tuned for details about tire drop-offs in 2021.
  • Yard waste: In 2020, the City and Rumpke will hold their first joint yard waste drop-off event. Previous coverage. Stay tuned for details about yard waste drop-off in 2021.

Contacts

  • City of Covington Solid Waste & Recycling Division, (859) 292-4417.
  • Sheila Fields, Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator, sfields@covingtonky.gov, (859) 292-2121.
  • Stephanie Bacher, Solid Waste & Recycling Supervisor, sbacher@covingtonky.gov, (859) 292-4419.

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