Garbage Guidelines

Please note the waste collection guidelines will be changing in 2024.

General Guidelines (2023)

  • Garbage must be properly secured in containers of 40 gallons or less or tied in plastic bags, with each can or bag weighing no more than 50 pounds each.
  • Do not exceed 15 bags/cans and 2 bulk items (furniture, non-Freon appliances, etc.) per week.
  • Recyclable materials must be placed inside the automated recycling bins.
  • Do NOT bag recyclables.
  • Electronics/TVs, chemicals and other prohibited items cannot be collected.

South Fayette Township offers curbside trash collection to single-family homes and multifamily residential buildings with four or fewer units. Waste collection is contracted to a third-party company. Fees are paid directly to the waste hauler through the township's general fund.

Securing Trash

Garbage must be in properly secured containers or tied plastic bags, weighing no more than 50 pounds each. Do not exceed 15 bags/cans and 2 bulk items per week.

To help prevent wind or animals from scattering trash, please secure garbage bags in sturdy containers before placing them at the curb. This courteous practice can help keep litter from spreading into yards and roads. In the case that trash escapes, residents are responsible for cleaning up the litter.

Disposal Guidelines

Large Items & Furniture

One large item per week is accepted curbside, such as furniture, household goods and disassembled children's swing sets (cut to 4-foot length). (Consider donating first!


Carpet should be rolled and tied in lengths not to exceed 4 feet.


Empty paint cans and/or dried paint is acceptable. Paint can be air-dried or soaked up with newspaper or kitty litter. The lids should be left off.

Leaves, Grass & Yard Waste

Yard waste should be in plastic bags. Please do not wash grass down storm drains.

Two curbside leaf collections are scheduled each fall. The night before pickup, place leaves and other yard waste at the curb in biodegradable bags no heavier than 25 pounds each. Yard waste may include leaves, hedge/tree/garden trimmings, brush, lawn edging and grass clippings. Check the calendar for dates.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees may be placed at the curb for collection, but if they are more than 6 feet tall, they must be cut in half. Residents also may drop off live Christmas trees (with all decorations removed) at the township's wood waste recycling site.

NOT Accepted in Trash

Accepted in Trash

  • Ceramics or dishware
  • Diapers
  • Envelopes / Window Envelopes
  • Food waste, or any item containing food debris or liquid
  • Freezer food packaging
  • Glass
  • Meat or dairy
  • Mirrors
  • Non-recyclables
  • Packaging (plastic or paper)
  • Paper plates
  • Plastics (except bottles, jugs and jars numbers 1 and 2 are accepted in recycling)
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic deli take-out containers
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic wrap or wrapping film
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam packaging (formed or pellet)
  • Wax paper
  • Window glass