City of Binghamton, New York

Mayor David Announces Limited Free Trash Pick-Up Aug. 1 to 11

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David today announced the City will provide two weeks of free trash pick-up to all residents next month as part of Operation Clean Sweep, a new City-wide neighborhood cleanup initiative.
From Aug. 1 through Aug. 11, residents will be able to bring garbage and bulk trash items to the curb for collection without using the blue City garbage bags or the pink bulk item stickers typically required for pick-up.
The free trash collection will take place on residents’ normal trash day. There will be a limit of six total refuse items ― bulk items, garbage bags or a combination of both ― per household each day.
“Operation Clean Sweep is a chance for residents across the City to get rid of unwanted items and clean up their homes, inside and out,” said Mayor David. “I hear too frequently from frustrated neighbors about properties where trash has piled up on porches or accumulated in yards, diminishing the quality of life for neighbors and chipping away at the integrity of our neighborhoods. This is an opportunity for residents and the City to collectively clean up Binghamton, one property at a time.”
To assist City crews, residents with several bulk items or a substantial amount of trash are encouraged to utilize both of their free pick-up days during the two-week period, rather than put all their trash out at once.
As part of Operation Clean Sweep, the City will deploy at least nine garbage trucks each day to collect trash brought to the curbs. Normally, the City uses six garbage trucks a day. Shifts for City sanitation workers will be extended during the initiative by two hours, from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to help with the anticipated garbage increase.
Recycling and yard waste pick-up will continue as normal during the two-week period. Normal rules and limitations will apply. Any garbage from outside the City is prohibited, as are the other typically prohibited items, such as tires and electronics. For certain bulk items, such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, residents must call dispatch at 772-7020 to schedule a pick-up. For more information and a full list of prohibited items and items requiring scheduled pick-up, visit or call 607-772-7021.
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