• Operations/Service Building                                                                                        Departments > Refuse and Recycling
    • 1775 Industrial Drive                                                                                                       
  • 419-599-1891
  • Monday-Friday | 7:00AM-3:30PM

The refuse divison provides residential garbage collection to all residences in good standing with the City of Napoleon utilities. Currently, the City’s bag refuse service allows each subscriber two (2) properly prepared bags per week. The refuse division also provides a special pickup service and two seasonal cleanups. 

The recycling division was implemented in 1991 and continues to be a huge success. The following are recyclable materials accepted by the City: #1 and #2 plastic bottles; aluminum and tin cans; corrugated cardboard; pasteboard; newspapers; magazines; catalogs; gift wrap and junk mail. Recycling bins may be obtained at the City of Napoleon Service Building.

The Refuse and Recycling department is staffed by 4 full-time employees with 2 operating the refuse route and 2 operating the recycling route.

Holiday/Cleanup Schedules

Seasonal Cleanup Guidelines

Click HERE for route schedule.

All residents who subscribe to weekly refuse service may participate in the bi-annual Seasonal Cleanup. All material must be at the curb by 7:00AM the morning of your scheduled pickup day. Return trips will not be made for items set out late.

Material must be in containers and kept dry. No containers larger than thirty (30) gallons or weighing more than fifty (50) pounds. All unmarked containers will be considered as left for disposal.

Material must be covered during rain or strong wind to avoid wetness and blowing.

Building material shall not be larger than four feet (4') in length and three feet (3') wide. Loose items must be boxed or bagged. The weight of such containers shall not exceed fifty (50) pounds.

No material shall contain nails that have not been bent over.

Carpeting or padding shall be in rolls no wider than four feet (4') and tied with a cord.

It is prohibited to have rocks, bricks, concrete blocks or plaster weighing in excess of fifty (50) pounds.

It is prohibited to mix regularly scheduled refuse with material scheduled for this pickup.

It is prohibited to place for pickup brush, limbs, or other yard waste material.

It is prohibited to place for pickup liquid waste, including but not limited to: paint, household chemicals, used motor oil, antifreeze, and tar. Household chemical containers and pesticides must be rinsed prior to placement for pickup and when applicable, in accordance with product labeling instructions (triple rinse for pesticides).

Paint cans or tar buckets must have the lids removed and remaining paint or tar completely dry. Paint will be accepted in the following ways: wood or cardboard may be painted to use up the remaining paint; cat litter or floor dry may be used to make the paint a thick paste.

Refrigerators and/or freezers must have the doors removed and the contents emptied.

Whiteware shall be tagged in accordance with approved refuse tags and amounts as established by the city. Refuse tags for refrigerators and/or freezers must be on the unit and not on the removed door.

Any items not properly tagged or placed for pickup, in a manner that appears to be intended for pickup, shall be deemed authorized by pickup and will be treated by the city as a "special pickup" with charges being accordingly assessed.

Material or other items placed for pickup shall be at the curb no more than five (5) days in advance of the subscriber’s scheduled seasonal pickup day. Items placed at the curb earlier than five (5) days in advance of the scheduled pickup day will be treated by the city as a “special pickup” with charges being assessed to the subscriber or person responsible for placement.

The following items require refuse tags to cover disposal costs: The cost of each tag is $4.00 and may be purchased at the City Utilities Office, Chief Supermarket, Kurtz Ace Hardware, Circle K or Shell (Napoleon Party Mart).

Contact the office for the most current quantity requirements.

  1. Refrigerator/Freezer
  2. Air conditioner
  3. Passenger car tire
  4. Semi-truck tire
  5. Tractor tire

Refuse Guidelines

Subscriber’s may set out two (2) properly prepared refuse bags per week. Bags shall not exceed 30 gallons each in capacity. The weight of the bag and contents shall not exceed 25 pounds.

All refuse must be in bags, even if containers are used. Where the subscriber chooses to use a container, a clean refuse can, not to exceed 35-gallon capacity, may be used. Paper sacks, cardboard boxes, fiber drums, and 55-gallon drums are not acceptable containers.

Bags or containers holding bags shall be placed at the curb located in front of a subscriber’s residence.

Any more than two (2) bags per week will require tags that may be purchased in advance. The cost of the tag is $4.00 and may be purchased at the City Utilities Office, Chief Supermarket, Kurtz Ace Hardware or Circle K. See the reverse side of the tag for instructions on proper tag placement.

Any more than two (2) bags per week not properly tagged may be either left at the place found or picked up at the discretion of the Operations Superintendent. When found at the curb site or normal pickup area, it shall be deemed placed there by the subscriber for the purpose of pickup by the collection crews. The cost of such service will be twice the normal tag rate. The amount will be invoiced on the subscriber’s utility bill.

At the discretion of the Operations Superintendent, extended refuse services may be offered to those with special needs and/or are elderly.

Collections will begin at 7:00 a.m. and made in accordance with a regular route schedule established by the Operations Superintendent.

Recycling Guidelines

Recycling bins may be obtained at the Service Building, 1775 Industrial Drive. Bins are the City’s property and are only to be used for the storage and pickup of acceptable recycling material, are to be left at the residence if you move and are to be kept relatively clean. Subscribers are allowed up to six bins.


  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Food Boxes
    • Remove ALL packing material: plastic bags, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.
    • Flatten or cut into pieces


  • Newspapers
  • Junk Mail/Magazines/Catalogs/Slick Inserts
  • Wrapping Paper: excludes Mylar paper, remove all bows and ribbons
    • DO NOT tie paper products with strings or place in plastic bags


  • Beverage Cans: aluminum and bi-metal
  • Steel/Tin Cans
    • Labels may remain on the cans



  • #1 Plastic Bottles: water, soda, juice, ketchup and dressing bottles
  • #2 Natural Plastic: milk/juice jugs
  • #2 Colored Plastic: laundry, bath and kitchen bottles and containers
    • Lids and labels may remain on the bottles



  • No Glass
  • No Paper milk cartons, drink boxes or any wax-coated material
  • No Paper towels or napkins
  • No Aluminum foil or Aluminum baking containers
  • No Bottles that contained oil, antifreeze or any other petrochemical
  • No Plastics #3, #4, #5, #6, #7
  • No Plastic bags or food containers even if they are marked #2
  • No Plastic toys, laundry baskets, pails, planting pots
  • No Styrofoam

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