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Guidelines for Disposal:
The City of St. Matthews has updated the timing for placement of garbage, yard waste, recycling and more at curbside. Please note, as of April 9, 2019, items may be placed at the curb NO MORE than 24 hours in advance of collection and the containers must be removed from the curb WITHIN 24 hours of collection.  Please see the Ordinance 19-05 for specific details.

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Large item Disposal
Please contact Rumpke at least 48 hours before your regularly scheduled collection to request a large item pick-up for acceptable large items, and/or excessive amounts of trash. Television sets cannot exceed 32 inches for curbside pick-up. All residents of St. Matthews are allowed to dispose of one large item per week, at no charge.

Mattress and Upholstered Furniture Disposal
All residents of St. Matthews are allowed to dispose of one large item per week, at no charge. Old Mattresses, Box Springs, or Upholstered Furniture, MUST BE COMPLETELY WRAPPED IN PLASTIC, to qualify for pick up and disposal by the city service provider. Call Rumpke at least 48 hours prior to the regularly scheduled collection pick-up day to arrange for disposal. 

Christmas Tree Disposal
Live Christmas trees can be disposed of along with your regular pick up of sanitation & yard waste within the 2-week period following Christmas day.  It is not necessary to cut the tree in any specific lengths. Place your tree at the edge of the road, or in the area where your usual trash and yard waste are picked up. Trees should be free of decorations such as lights, ornaments, or other trimmings. After the 2-week period, trees must be cut into 6 ft lengths and bundled, or placed in your recycling container, or taken to the Metro Louisville Recycling Center located at 595 N. Hubbards Lane. 

Recycle Wrapping Paper
All NON-foil wrapping paper can be easily recycled with your usual recycling items. Wrapping paper should be free of bows and trimmings.

Disposing of Junk
Disposing of accumulated junk is always a challenge, especially for many folks who are moving to a new home or for residents who plan to clean out the garage, basement or other locations, that over time accumulate personal items. While it is good to clean out and organize, the City of St. Matthews would like to remind you that the St. Matthews service provider, Rumpke, depending upon truck space, will only pick up at no cost to you, one large item each week, at the time of your regular garbage collection. If you have a large item, or several items to dispose of, please contact Rumpke directly at 800-828-8171, at least 48 hours in advance, so that they can schedule a special junk pick up and advise you of any additional charges that you might incur. Be a good neighbor. Don’t amass junk and debris in front of the home for weeks. Call Rumpke at 502-568-3800 and have it taken away.

Sanitation Program 

Residential units within the City of St. Matthews are entitled to THREE (3) THIRTY (32) gallon cans or the equivalent to be picked up at rear door. Setting cans to the edge of the street for pick up is optional.

Garbage cans must be a reasonable distance from the street, clearly visible and easily accessible near rear house doors and driveways.

Cans containing water, ice, or garbage frozen to cans due to lack of proper lids will not be handled. Also, 55-gallon drums or large barrels will not be handled. Collector should be able to open gates with one hand and will not enter garages or climb steps.

Residents who have dogs loose in fenced yards at the time of pickup are asked to put their garbage outside the gate.  Employees have been bitten.

Garbage will be picked up on regularly scheduled days with the exception of the weeks containing the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Garbage will be picked up the day after these holidays and could remain irregular all week. ‘IF’ the holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, the weekly schedule WILL NOT be affected.

Trash, or other unwanted items in excess of 3 – 32-gallon cans will be picked up on regularly scheduled days throughout the year if placed at the street, except residents with alley pickup should place items at the alley.

All occupants of residential buildings with an excess of three (3) thirty (32) gallon cans at the rear of the unit must contact Rumpke for the pick-up of additional cans.

Following heavy snowfall or during icy conditions, it will be necessary to carry your garbage cans to the street for pickup.

Garbage Pickup Missed
In the event your garbage, yard waste or recycling collection was not picked-up as scheduled, please notify the service provider, Rumpke, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The telephone number for Rumpke is (800) 828-8171 or you may go online at

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