Refuse Collection (Trash and Recycling Pickup)

Collection and Fees
All residential refuse, garbage and rubbish is collected from residences once a week. Trash collection is contracted by Union to a private hauler, Rumpke. The fee is $17.00 per month per residence and is billed with the water/sewer utility bill. Optional waste wheelers are an additional $2.50 per month.

Containers cannot exceed 75 pounds. They must have handles and tight-fitting lids. Containers must be placed curbside no earlier than 12 hours before collection start time, which is 7 a.m., and the containers must be removed form the curbside within 12 hours after the end of collection day, which ends at 6 p.m.

Wheeler Containers
Large 90-gallon trash containers on wheels are available to residents. This service costs $2.50 extra per month. Please contact us at 937-836-8624 if you would like to arrange for a wheeler.

Yard Waste
Yard waste can be put in regular trash. Large branches and yard debris need to be cut down to a maximum length of 4 feet and bundled no greater than 2 feet in diameter or broken in pieces and placed inside trash cans with lids.  If yard waste bags are used they can be up to 32 gallons in size. 

Union’s recycling program began in April 1990. Residents may place all glass, aluminum and bi-metal cans, as well as some plastics, newspapers, and gable-top cartons and juice boxes into recycling containers provided to each residence.  If the container is lost or destroyed, replacements may be obtained by contacting us at 937-836-8624. Please remember that the container stays with the residence if you should move.

On August 1, 2012, the City of Union went to a 65 gallon capacity recycling wheeler.  These new containers hold more recycables and make it easier to take the items to the curb for recycling.

Download the list of items accepted by the trash hauler for recycling: Accepted-Recycling-Items.pdf

Holiday Schedule
Memorial Day, May 28, 2018   Trash pick up will be delayed one day - pick up on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Christmas Day, December 25, 2018   Trash pick up will be delayed one day - pick up on Wednesday, December 26, 2018
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019     Trash pick up will be delayed one day - pick up on Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, 2019     NO TRASH DELAY
President’s Day, February 18, 2019     NO TRASH DELAY

Download the holiday schedule provided by the trash hauler:  Residential_Holiday_Trash_Schedule.pdf

Christmas Tree Disposal
Pickup of used Christmas trees takes place from the end of December through the middle of January. Please place your tree at the end of the curb. It will be picked up by a separate truck and possibly on a day other than regular trash pickup day.

Bulk Trash Pickup
Bulk-item pickup is limited to one item per week and should be put out on Tuesday morning by 7:00 a.m. along with your other trash.  You don’t need to call the City offices to sign up for this service. Federal mandates now restrict disposal of appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners that contain freon. Information about freon removal may be obtained at City Hall. For disposal of items such as tires, batteries, etc., restrictions also apply, so please check with the City at 937-836-8624 or call Montgomery County’s recycling hotline at 937-225-4999.
Reminder:  If setting out a mattress or any upholstered furniture,  it must be wrapped in plastic for Rumpke to pick up.

Montgomery County Solid Waste District
Montgomery County Solid Waste District is a department of Montgomery County’s Public Works Department. In addition to providing quality waste disposal services, the Solid Waste District provides a variety of recycling, recovery, reuse, waste reduction and litter prevention programs for the community, schools and businesses of Montgomery County. If you do not find what you are looking for on the MCSWD website please call the Recycling and Litter Hotline at 225-4999, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Private Hauler Information
According to Union Code Section 741.15, the collection of residential solid waste or residential rubbish and recycling materials in any quantity by an individual or an establishment is prohibited in any public or private place within the City limits during the term of any collection contract between the City and a private company. According to Union Code Section 741.19, all garbage, kitchen rubbish, household rubbish, yard rubbish, miscellaneous rubbish, household appliances (including but not limited to washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, water heaters, ovens, microwave ovens, electronic equipment or television sets) recyclable materials or other salvage materials from residences within the City set out for collection, transportation and/or disposal by the collection agent or refuse hauler shall become the property of the collecting agent or refuse hauler at the point in time that it is set out for collection. No person shall claim, collect or remove any such materials other than the collecting agent or refuse hauler. Any person who violates this provision shall be subject to the penalty set forth in Union Code Section 741.99.