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How Does Garbage Collection Work in Provo Utah?

By Katerina Gasset

What Day is Garbage Collection in Provo Utah? 

Provo City Public Works is responsible for managing the garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection. Here’s what you need to know about the collection schedule: 

Regular Collection Schedule 

Garbage, recycling, and yard waste collections in Provo occur from Monday through Thursday. To avoid confusion about when your waste will be picked up, refer to the Sanitation Schedule Map provided by the city. This map details which areas are serviced on specific days. 

Holiday Schedule Adjustments 

During major holiday weeks, your regular garbage collection may be delayed by one day. It’s important to check Provo’s Holiday Schedule, which lists all the major holidays affecting garbage pickup in 2024. This way, you can plan ahead and make sure your bins are out on the right day. 

In 2024, the Green Yard Waste season runs from March 4th to December 5th. Green cans are emptied on the same day as your regular garbage pickup during this period. 





One day late all week




Thursday pickup on Friday




One day late all week




Thursday pickup on Friday




Wed. & Thurs. one day late 

Holidays not listed will be on the Regular Schedule


Green Waste Pickup: March 4 - Dec 5 

Spring Cleanup: March 25 - May 4 

Fall Cleanup: Sept 23 - Nov 2 

Leaf Bag Pickup: Nov - Dec 

Tips for Efficient Waste Management in Provo

  • Check the map: Always double-check the Sanitation Schedule Map to confirm your garbage collection day. 
  • Plan for Holidays: Keep a copy of the holiday schedule handy, or add the adjusted dates to your digital calendar so you never miss a collection day.  
  • Recycling Practices: Follow Provo’s recycling guidelines strictly to make sure your recyclables are collected and processed correctly. 

What Can I Recycle in Provo Utah? 

Provo’s recycling program focuses on the “Super Six” —these are the materials you can toss into your recycling can: 

  1. Cardboard 
  2. Paper 
  3. Food Boxes 
  4. Aluminum Cans 
  5. Steel Cans 
  6. Plastic Containers 

Do not place in a recycling bin: 

  1. Plastic Bags 
  2. Trash Bags 
  3. Glass Containers 
  4. Electronics 
  5. Textiles 
  6. Wax-Coated Boxes 
  7. Shredded Paper 
  8. Aluminum Foil/Trays and Pie Tins 
  9. Other Non-Recyclable Items: Check Provo Public Works’ website. 

If you still have questions about recycling in Provo, call Customer Service at 311 or (801) 852-6000. 

What Should I Do with Hazardous Waste in Provo?

Hazardous waste items should not be tossed into your regular garbage. Instead, they need to be disposed of safely. The best way to do this is to take them to the South Utah Valley Solid Waste District’s transfer station. 

For more information on disposing of household hazardous waste, visit the South Utah Valley Solid Waste District’s webpage at 

When it comes to getting rid of old electronics, Provo residents must take these items to the South Utah Valley Solid Waste District transfer station in Springville, located at 2450 W 400 S. 

How Do I Report a Missed Garbage Pickup in Provo? 

Residents can report a missed garbage pickup in Provo if their garbage cans were not emptied on the designated collection day. 

You can report a missed garbage pickup by contacting the Provo311 Customer Service team. 

When the Provo311 Customer Service team receives a report of a missed garbage pickup, it commits to responding within one business day. 

Are There Community Clean-Up Days in Provo? 

Provo City organizes community clean-up days during the spring and fall seasons. 

Spring and Fall Cleanup: 

During these community clean-up events, Provo City Sanitation provides dumpsters at various locations throughout the city. These dumpsters are available for six weeks each spring and fall. 

For spring and fall cleanups, residents receive a coupon for a free load at the transfer station. Residents receive a coupon for five free leaf bags during the fall cleanup. 

Residents can easily find information about dumpster locations and available coupons by visiting the Provo Public Works webpage. 

How Do Provo’s Garbage Fees Get Calculated? 

Curbside Residential Fees (per month for weekly service) 

Garbage – No Recycling (No Yard Waste or Household Recycling) 


Garbage – With Recycling (Yard Waste and/or Household Recycling) 


Household Recycling 


Yard Waste Recycling (Billed March – November only) 



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About the author of Move to Provo Utah Website 

Katerina Gasset

When I moved here I was blessed to have my daughter to help with different things you need to know when you move to a new place. I had background from living here before but things have changed a lot too since the '80s. 

We were able to get all the good places to eat down fast - since she knows all that and we have a lot of the same likes in food. But things like how to turn on my electricity or what power company services my home... well... I was at a total loss! 

I know that other people moving to Provo don't always have family here to guide and help them. And most people don't have a real estate agent who gives them a welcome package on all the important numbers and places they need to know. 

My goal is for this website to be your go to resource for everything you need to know before, during, and after you move here to Provo, Utah. I want you to have the best experience and love living here as much as I do

Author Katerina Gasset - photo of me the author