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2021 Holiday Trash Collection Schedule


Every waste accumulation of household garbage is define as solid waste that includes garbage such as food, cans, clothing, disposables, and newspapers that comes from private homes, apartments and businesses, which is subject to decay.  


Frequency of collection under this ordinance shall be as follows:

Domestic garbage shall be collected not less than two times per week. There shall be at least a two-day interval between collections. Exceptions will occur due to holidays and other exigent circumstances. Such exceptions are published through the use of public service, ads with the local news media, and on the website of the City of Starkville.

All solid waste to be collected by the City’s curbside service must be placed out by 6:30 a.m. and within five (5) feet of the traveled portion of the street and shall not block or impede travel on the city sidewalk.

Each resident will be provided waterproof plastic bags of heavy mill construction by the City’s Sanitation Department, which can be safely and securely closed. These bags are delivered once a year. Information will be posted on this site, should there be a delay in the delivery of bags.

Tires shall not be placed at curbside and shall not be permitted to accumulate or remain exposed on residential property. The residential property owner shall be held responsible for removal.


Every waste accumulation of dust, paper carton, cardboard carton, rags and other accumulations, which are usually attendant to the operation of stores, offices, and similar businesses.


Solid waste containers shall be kept closed tightly except during the collection of deposit of garbage, trash, or refuse. The contents of all containers shall be so protected that the wind cannot blow out and scatter the contents of receptacles over the right-of-ways, roadways, streets, alleys, and premises of the City

Every solid waste container and its surrounding area shall be maintained by the user in as sanitary condition as possible. Periodic treatment with a residual insecticide by the user may be required.

All solid wasted holding or containing any liquid must be drained or dried before being deposited in a container.

The City shall have the option of requiring solid waste containers (dumpsters) at any multi-family residential, commercial, or industrial establishments within the City. The decision to place a certain type or a certain number of a certain size container shall be based upon the type and amount of solid waste generated by said establishments as determined by the Sanitation Department Head. All solid waste to be removed by the City must be placed in such a container.

All containers placed by the City must be easily accessible to the collection vehicle. Any person blocking or hindering access to the container shall be considered in violation of this provision of this ordinance and subject to fines and /or other penalties.

Any container placed by the city shall not be moved or relocated except by authorization from the Sanitation Department.

Front-ended-loaded refuse container screening requirements. Front-end-loaded refuse containers shall be opaquely screened from view from public streets and adjacent properties, to a height of at least six feet, or six inches higher than the height of the container (whichever is higher). This screening may be achieved by a masonry wall, fencing, landscaping, or by virtue of the location of the container on the building site. A combination of the above methods may also be utilized. Unscreened refuse containers currently located throughout the City shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Sanitation Department Head to determine appropriate screening of the container. Establishments unable to comply with this requirement shall have their situation reviewed by the Sanitation Department Head with appeal to the Board of Alderman for the determination of the ability, utility, and aesthetic impact of the compliance with the current ordinance standards.

Roll-off compactor container location requirements.

Container pads. Property or business owners shall provide roll-off compactor container pad(s) for all roll-off compactor containers, and shall be constructed of minimum 3,000 psi concrete, steel-reinforced, six inches thick, and at a minimum, shall be ten (10) feet wide by twenty (20) feet long for each container.

Service access. A paved service vehicle access apron, constructed to a minimum load of 60,000 pounds and extending a minimum of 50 feet in front of each roll-off compactor container, is required. Service height clearance of 25 feet is required in the container service access area.

Electrical requirements. The industry recommendations for roll-off compactor electrical requirement are three-phase, 460 to 480 colt, and 60-ampere electrical service to each compactor location. Other electrical requirements may be approved by the Sanitation Department Head in consultation with the Electric Department Head.

Solid Waste to be removed by the City shall be placed for collection only in a container rented to the lessee by the City, or on property owned or controlled by the lessee. Additionally, the scavenging of solid waste from another lessee’s container is prohibited and will be considered a violation of this ordinance.

All establishments are responsible for controlling offensive odors in steel containers through sanitizing and deodorizing if necessary. The Sanitation Department Head reserves the right to schedule and charge for additional weekly pickups if necessary in the Sanitation Department Head’s sole determination.


Every waste accumulation of unwanted household rubbish such as tree trimming, woodcuttings, carpet, carpet padding, and accumulations, which are usually attendant to the operation of the household.

Household rubbish: Any accumulations of waste material from the operation of a home, which is not included in the definition of garbage. Household rubbish may include all appliances, furniture or yard toys. Waste generated by contract or agreement for financial or material consideration of one-thousand dollars ($1,000) or more, or building material waste generated by contractors or do-it-yourself projects is not household rubbish. Solid waste generated by property clearance, tree removal, major trimming, or wood harvesting is not household rubbish.

Woodcuttings placed at curbside may be no more than six (6) inches in diameter, and rigid materials shall be no more than seven (7) feet in length.

Carpet and carpet padding may be placed at curbside only when bagged as garbage or legally placed in a commercial-type refuse container.

* Rubbish resulting from construction, demolition or renovation, including “do-it yourself”   projects is not household rubbish, and it is the responsibility of the property owner, contractor and/or tenant to remove the same.


** We do not pick up Commercial Rubbish for: businesses, churches, and apartments. 


Starkville Landscape Division

The City of Starkville Landscape Division was organized in January 1998 by the joint effort of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to oversee the day-to-day landscaping concerns of the City. The Landscape Division is made up of (2) Foremen and (9) Crewmembers who maintain 41 plus acres that require mowing and 160 acres that require bush-hog within the City limit. The City of Starkville Landscape Division emphasizes on litter control, right-of-way maintenance, and beautification.

List of Landscaping Activities:

Mows all city roadsides during growing season

Runs street sweeper year-round

Mows and weed eats “hard to get to” areas (between curbs and sidewalks for example)

Cuts limbs and branches away from roadways, traffic signs, and sidewalk year-round

Provides landscape services to the Heritage Museum and the Animal Shelter

Selective herbiciding

Litter pick up year-round

Mows Highway 25 bypass interchanges which the city “adopted” from MDOT in exchange for urban forestry grants that paid for the installation of trees.

The City of Starkville/Oktibbeha Landfill is “TEMPORARILY CLOSED"