Trash Collection

Residential trash in Princeton is collected weekly by section by the Municipality’s contractor Solterra. Residential properties with one up to four dwelling units are eligible for this service.  For properties with more than 5 units, the property owner is responsible for contracting privately for trash collection.

The current collection contract expires in January 2023, and Princeton will be soliciting bids in August through October 2022 for the new service.  Princeton Council is considering changes to the service to contain escalating costs of solid waste and reduce the carbon emissions associated with it.  Princeton Council is also considering expanding the service to include organics recycling for all households.  Please review these presentations for more information or contact us (link to the contact us form):

Residential Trash Collection Regulations:

  1. Residents shall provide a maximum of 4 lidded containers for trash collection no larger than 50 gallons each. The containers shall weigh less than 50 pounds with trash.  
  2. Trash in plastic bags or recycling buckets will not be collected. All trash must be in the trash container.
  3. Containers shall be placed curbside (off of the road surface) between 6 PM the night before to 6 AM on the day of collection. 
  4. Empty containers shall be removed from curbside before 12 midnight on the day of collection.
  5. Latex paint cans may be disposed of in the trash as long as they are completely dry. Kitty litter or sand can be added to the paint cans to dry it out.

Residential Bulk Collection Regulations:

  1. Residents shall place a maximum of 2 large bulk items no larger than 6 feet long by 3 feet wide, weighing less than 50 pounds each. Examples of bulk items include:
    1. Chair
    2. Desk
    3. Plastic-wrapped Mattress and/or box spring (these must be wrapped in plastic or they will not be collected)
    4. Mirrors (they must be wrapped completely in tape to prevent shattering)
    5. Most home furnishings
    6. Small metal file cabinets 
    7. Sofa (Up to a 3 seater. Sectionals must be taken apart)
    8. Rugs cut into 3-foot sections, no wider than 12 inches, weighing less than 50 pounds
  2. Bulk materials shall be placed curbside (off the road surface and sidewalks) in an area no larger than 6 feet long by 3 feet wide.

Unacceptable Items: 

  1. Air conditioners
  2. Dehumidifiers
  3. Appliances (water heaters, ovens, stoves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.)
  4. Ashes
  5. Automotive parts
  6. Broken concrete, bricks/pavers
  7. Building materials and construction debris
  8. Fences/Fencing
  9. Electronics and televisions (computers, monitors, televisions, etc.) (See Electronic Waste Events)
  10. Flammable items (propane tanks, lawnmowers, grills, oil-based paint cans, etc.)
  11. Hot tubs, spas, and covers
  12. Leaves, brush/yard debris, dirt
  13. Recyclables (See Recycling Schedule)
  14. Swing sets
  15. Tires

2022 Trash Collection Schedule

Trash is collected weekly by section.  When the scheduled collection day occurs on one of the following holidays, pick-up will occur on the date listed below: 

  1. Monday, May 30, 2022 - Collection will be Tuesday, May 31, 2022
  2. Monday, July 4, 2022 - Collection will be Tuesday, July 5, 2022
  3. Monday, September 5, 2022 - Collection will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022
  4. Thursday, November 24, 2022 - Collection will be Friday, November 25, 2022

Missed Trash Collection

If your trash has not been collected by 7 PM of your scheduled pick-up day please report it online. Please provide the following information with your report:

  1. Name 
  2. Address
  3. Email address
  4. Telephone number
  5. Date of the scheduled collection
  6. Time left at the curb
  7. Number of containers left at the curb

Please leave your missed containers at the curb for collection, unless notified otherwise by the Department of Engineering and Infrastructure Operations.