The City of Covington contracts with Rumpke Waste & Recycling to provide City residents and businesses with waste collection and recycling services.

Questions? Please visit 311 Online or view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding residential waste services. 

For more information on changes to your residential waste & recycling billing click here.

Residential Trash Collection


Trash is collected once per week, Monday through Friday. Use the map below by either zooming in on your location or using the search bar to type your full address to find your trash pick-up day. For example; “20 West Pike St Covington, KY”. If your collection day falls on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, collection will be delayed one day that week. For example; collection day is Tuesday (same as Christmas Day), collection day is delayed until Wednesday.



Trash Guidelines

  • Trash and recycling carts should be placed curbside (no more than 3 feet from the road) by no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before collection day and no later than 7 a.m. on collection day. Empty carts must be removed by 12 p.m. the following day.
  • Covington households are provided with a City-issued, brown 95-gallon wheeled trash cart. All trash must be bagged and placed completely inside the cart. If you don’t have a City-issued cart, please contact Rumpke.
  • Residents with physical impairments or space constraints (lots with no yard or storage space) can discuss substitute 35 or 65 gallon cart sizes and disposal options with Rumpke by calling 1-800-828-8171 or e-mailing
  • Arrangements for additional trash carts can be made by calling Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171.
  • According to federal law, Rumpke is not permitted to accept batteries, tires, liquids, combustible materials, or any items identified as hazardous. (See "Hazardous Waste Disposal" section below for information on getting rid of hazardous materials.)
  • Carts filled with rocks, dirt or construction debris will not be collected and may result in citations and/or fines. 
  • Are you a landlord? Click here to download the Waste & Recycle Landlord Toolkit.

Set Out Guidelines:

Bulk Item Collection and Excessive Trash

Residents can dispose of one bulk item or three additional bags of trash each week. This applies to single-family homes and residential structures with four units or less.

A bulk item is any item that is too big to fit inside your cart, like furniture, appliances, mattresses, excessive bags, loose trash, or yard waste. (A mattress and box spring together are considered one item. So are a table and chairs.)

To prepare bulk items for pickup:

  • Mattresses and upholstered furniture must be wrapped in plastic.
  • Freon must be removed from appliances by a certified professional, with documentation attached to the appliance.
  • Loose shrubbery, sticks, and lumber must be tied in bundles no longer than 4 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds. Yard debris bags are also acceptable.
  • Carpet must be rolled and tied in bundles 4 feet long or less, or cut into small sections.
  • And additional trash bags must be secured and placed inside of a garbage can with a lid.

Residents are prohibited from setting out for bulk pickup:

  • Tires
  • Batteries.
  • Liquids.
  • Loose trash and debris.
  • Combustible and hazardous materials.
  • Rocks, dirt and construction debris.
  • Appliances still containing Freon.

Special Pickup & Dumpster Rentals

  • Residents who require the collection of more than one bulk item per week should contact Rumpke (at 1-800-828-8171) 48-hours in advance to schedule the pick-up. Additional fees will apply.
  • Arrangements for disposal of construction debris can be made by contacting Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171.
  • Rumpke is the exclusive service provider of open top dumpster rentals for Covington residents and businesses. Contact Rumpke for options and rates. 
  • Kenton County has replaced its “open dumping days” with a voucher program system. Residents who obtain a voucher can take unwanted waste direct­ly to Bavarian Landfill in Walton during normal business hours Monday through Saturday. The vouchers are available at the Kenton County Public Works office on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the vouchers and what waste will be accepted, contact Kenton County at (859) 392-1920 or see HERE.

Yard Waste

  • Yard waste can be placed in your City-issued brown cart for disposal. If you have more yard waste than what your cart holds, you can place up to three yard-debris bags or bundles out for pickup each week.
  • 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.


Take the Covington Recycling Pledge and be entered to win a $25 gift card!

  • Curbside recycling is available to all Covington households at no additional charge. To sign-up for recycling, contact Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171 of
  • Households participating in the City’s recycling program are provided with a green, 65-gallon wheeled recycling cart. You can request a larger or smaller cart if needed.
  • New! 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 1-800-828-8171.
  • Download a Recycling Guide to see what items can and can't be placed in your recycling cart.
  • Are you a landlord? Click here to download the Waste & Recycling Landlord Toolkit.

We want your input! Click here to complete the following Recycling Survey.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Rumpke is not permitted to accept batteries, tires, liquids, combustible materials, or any items identified as hazardous. The Northern Kentucky Household Hazardous Waste Action Coalition schedules seasonal hazardous waste collection.

The Kenton County Office of Solid Waste Management recommends a local company called Environmental Enterprises, on Spring Grove Avenue in Cincinnati, who will take paint, oil, antifreeze, and other hazardous materials on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. There is a small fee. Please call 513-541-1823 for more information.

For more information on solid waste and recycling in the region, check out the Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Resource Guide.

For more information regarding paint disposal options and procedures, click here.

Holiday Trash & Recycling Collection Schedule

  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 - No delays. Collection will occur on your regularly scheduled collection day. 
  • Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020- Service will follow the normal schedule this week except for Christmas Day itself, which will be delayed until Saturday. 
  • New Year's Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 - Service will follow the normal schedule this week except for New Year’s Day itself, which will be delayed until Saturday.