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Waste, Trash and Recycling in Norman


In charge of trash pickup in Norman, Oklahoma is the city's Sanitation Division. Here are some common questions regarding trash pickup, bulk pickup, schedules and recycling in Norman.

Where do I put my trash?

Residential trash service in Norman costs $14 per month as of 2012. Each address in the city limits is assigned its own household trash polycart. The city specifically says that all trash must be placed in the cart, so don't use any other kind of commercial trash can or bin. Place your cart within two feet of the curb, with two feet clearance on either side and the handles facing away from the street. It should be put out no earlier than noon the day prior to collection, no later than 7:30 a.m. on the day of collection. Then, remove it no later than noon the day after collection.

To find your day of trash service, see this sanitation route map from the city of Norman.

What if the cart is not enough?

The city of Norman has additional polycarts available for an additional charge, currently $6 per month. To get one, simply call (405) 329-1023.

What about grass cuttings, tree limbs or Christmas trees?

Don't place these materials in your cart. Instead, use trash bags or cans that are less than 35 gallons. The city of Norman offers a Yard Waste collection service weekly (only once a month during December, January and February), and the waste is then recycled at the city's compost facility. Sanitation asks that tree limbs be bundled with twine or string, measuring no more than 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter.

For your service day, see this collection map.

What about bulk items?

For bulky items that won't fit in your cart, you'll need to call the Sanitation Division at (405) 329-1023 to schedule a special pick-up. There is an additional charge for this service.

Also, know that the city of Norman offers special spring and fall cleanup days in which they accept items typically not accepted, bulk waste such as couches, mattresses, refrigerators and air conditioners (minus freon). Call (405) 329-1023 to find inquire about dates.

Other than yard waste, is there anything I can't throw away?

Yes, the city asks that you not dispose of rocks, concrete, dirt, hot ashes, coals, paints, flammable liquids and other hazardous waste such as batteries, antifreeze, kitchen grease/oil, motor oil or tires. For these products, there are a number of sites in the area that accept them for disposal. See this list.

Does Norman provide recycling services?

Yes, Norman had weekly curbside recycling for some time, then in 2013 replaced that with a bi-weekly collection service from Republic. A small monthly charge applies, and items accepted include aluminum cans, clean tin food cans (no paint cans, aluminum foil or aerosol cans), glass jars, glass bottles (no broken glass or light bulbs), newspapers, phone books, magazines (no books or cardboard) and most plastics #1-7. See a detailed list.

In addition, Norman has three recycling drop-off centers in the city. For more information on recycling, call (405) 329-1023.

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