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Solid Waste Disposal

In 2015, City Council extended the contract with Rumpke Waste and Recycling for the collection and disposal of household garbage and recyclables. As part of the new contract, the City has adopted a trash cart policy that requires residents to place trash fully contained within a City or Rumpke-issued trash cart.  The City of Hamilton will provide each eligible residence one blue 96-gallon trash cart, which holds the equivalent of three standard garbage cans.  Additional trash carts are available to lease from Rumpke for a nominal fee.  Trash will continue to be collected weekly while collection of recyclables will continue to be every-other-week.

Rumpke provides residential and small commercial establishment refuse collection service one time each week. Rumpke's trash collectors work five days each week except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. When those holidays fall during the week, refuse collection is delayed by one day for the holiday plus each day afterwards.

Trash and recycling carts must be placed out the night before the scheduled collection day or by 7 a.m. on the day of collection.  Rumpke recycling drivers will not pick up recycling cart if trash is placed in the cart. A sticker will be placed on the recycling cart notifying the customer that the cart is contaminated with trash.

To view a map of Hamilton and the day that garbage is collected in your neighborhood, click here.

To report a stolen cart,  first call the Transfer Station at 513-867-8661 to obtain the serial number of your assigned cart.  Then call 513-868-5811 (extension 1915). The Public Affairs office will take the initial information and then an officer will contact you to write up the report. You will then need to call the Transfer Station with your police report number and they will complete the necessary paperwork. 

Large items including stoves, water tanks, washing machines and furniture are acceptable for weekly pick up.  You must call Rumpke at 867-8661 at least 24 hours prior to schedule. 

Non-acceptable items include: move-outs, overloaded or wet boxes, barrels or drums, construction and remodeling materials, tires and batteries; items containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) including ice makers, window air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers. Items must be tagged with a sticker indicating that the CFCs (or Freon) have been removed by a certified technician.

Rumpke Waste and Recycling also operates the Municipal Refuse Transfer Station at 1000 North Third Street, just north of the Electric Power Plant. This facility provides a convenient in-town dumping site for residents and businesses. The Municipal Refuse Transfer Station is open Monday through Saturday from March through November, and Monday through Friday from December through February. Call 513-867-8661 for fee schedules and hours of operation.

Curbside pickup of recyclables, including glass & plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans and newspapers is provided the same day as regular trash collection but every other week. Window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, drinking glasses, pots, pans, coat hangers, paint cans and scrap steel are not acceptable. Participation in the residential recycling program is voluntary, but the monthly fee is mandatory and included in the monthly refuse fee.

Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, branches, prunings, hedge trimmings, sod, Christmas trees, straw and other plant material.  Yard waste is now picked up with your trash on the same day, at no additional charge.  Yard waste must be placed in a 35-gallon can clearly marked "Yard Waste" or a paper yard waste bag for collection.  Yard waste is limited to six yard waste containers per week. 

Brush (branches, tree limbs, etc.) should be bundled in sizes no more than four feet in length and two feet in diameter.  Limbs should not exceed six inches in diameter and must weigh less than 75 pounds. Brush is included with yard waste and should not include more than six containers/bundles per week.

Leaf collection: The City of Hamilton Street Division starts collecting leaves near the end of October or first of November each year. Leaves are to be placed in the lawn between sidewalk and curb during the week of pickup. News releases in the Hamilton Journal News and the City's E-Notify during the program will announce the current schedule and routes.   The schedule is available online by clicking here and entering your address, including zip code.

Christmas tree collection: Place discarded trees with your trash for removal by Rumpke with the regular trash pick-up.

Free chipping: For Hamilton residents, the Street Division will accept tree and brush clippings (only) at the Water Reclamation Facility, 2451 River Road, from 8:00 A.M. to Noon on the second Saturday of April through October.  Only tree limbs up to 4" in diameter will be accepted for chipping. Other yard waste materials including grass clippings, brush, shrubbery or vine-like yard waste materials WILL NOT be accepted. Call Public Works at (513) 785-7270 if you have any questions.

Recycling Appliances and Household Hazardous Waste: Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District provides various programs for all county residents to dispose of appliances, paint, batteries, electronics, etc. For more information, call 513.887.3653 or  click here. For other options, click here.

  • City of Hamilton Transfer Station - 513.867.8661
  • Refuse Billing Inquiries - 513.785.7100
  • Public Works Department - 513.785.7270

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