The City Sanitation Department is responsible for collection and disposal of all household garbage and yard debris.

Collection of Household Garbage
Household garbage is collected twice weekly, except during some holiday weeks. All trash must be placed in a watertight container, with suitable handles and a tight-fitting lid or cover, of the type commonly sold as a "garbage can" and of a capacity of not more than thirty-two (32) gallons nor less than fifteen (15) gallons. Each household is allowed up to three thirty-two (32) gallon containers. All trash cans or containers for residential collection of garbage, refuse or trash shall be screened from public view and located on the side or rear of the occupant's residence. Sanitation customers may also make arrangements with the City to dump excess household garbage into the appropriate dumpsters at the City Yard.

Collection Schedule
Monday & Thursday - West Side - Canal Parkway to 15th Street
Tuesday & Friday - East Side - 15th Street to 1st Street

Collection for Holiday Weeks

If holiday is observed on...Collection for West SideCollection for East Side
MondayTuesday &ThursdayWednesday & Friday
TuesdayNo ChangeWednesday & Friday
WednesdayNo ChangeNo Change
Thursday Monday & WednesdayNo Change
FridayMonday & Wednesday Tuesday & Thursday

Collection of Yard Waste
Yard waste is collected on Wednesday. On holiday weeks, yard waste is collected as time allows. Yard waste refers to all accumulation of grass, leaves, shrubbery, vines, and trimmings. Tree logs or debris must be less than three inches in diameter and must be cut so as not to exceed eight feet in length. Be sure to remove any debris from the yard waste pile that is not yard waste. We recommend that you use yard waste bags for small debris such as pine straw and leaves. Each household is allowed yard waste volume dimensions not to exceed four feet by four feet by eight feet. Any yard waste collection that exceeds this size is considered a special pickup and must be coordinated with City Hall.

Upon clearing of a vacant lot, the property owner is responsible for the disposal of the debris within thirty (30) days of the start of the work. Yard waste disposal is only for customers who pay for sanitation service for that property.

Collection of Appliances, Excess Garbage Items
Appropriate large items may also be collected by the sanitation department. Customers must contact City Hall to schedule collection. No items should be placed on the right of way until the day of scheduled pick-up. All charges related to the pickup must be paid in advance or added to the customer's monthly billing.

Property owners or occupants placing appliances or excess garbage in the right of way without prior notification and scheduling with the City are subject to all costs, fees, and charges to the City and by the City, including but not limited to, the pickup charge and a penalty of $25 per piece, and/or a code violation citation of $500.

Property owners or occupants requesting removal of household appliances containing refrigerant and fluorocarbons are required, prior to pickup, to remove the chemicals. All doors on refrigerators and freezers must be removed prior to their placement on the right-of-way.

Those customers who do not decommission appliances containing refrigerant will be billed for the cost incurred by the City for this service.

Recycling is important to Mexico Beach. It helps us keep our sanitation costs down and protects the environment. While recycling is strictly voluntary, we encourage you to join so many of your neighbors who are a part of this effort. Click here for more information about the benefits of recycling.

Our recycling collection center for newspaper, aluminum, cardboard and plastic recycling is located behind just west of the tennis courts at the Public Works building on 118 N. 22nd St. Click here for a list of acceptable materials. All recycling material must be placed in the recycling dumpster. If the dumpster is full, please notify City Hall. Please do not leave items on the ground.

The City also recycles scrap metal items. You can drop off at City Hall during regular business hours and there is no disposal fee for scrap metal items. For larger items, the City will pick up the item for you for a small fee but there is no additional charge for the disposal of the scrap metal item.

Hazardous Waste
Hazardous items will not be accepted (i.e., paint cans, batteries, oil, propane, fluorescent light bulbs, etc.)

Contractor Generated Items
These provisions do not cover contractor or landscaper generated trash or debris. Any attempt to have the City collect materials from commercial landscaping/construction shall be a violation of the ordinance. For contractor or landscape debris, please contact City Hall for disposal.

Fees and Charges - Monthly
Residential Unit $29.45 per residential unit
Commercial Unit $43.12 per commercial unit
Dumpster Fee/Commercial 241.80
Additional Pickups:
Residential $10.00, Commercial $10.00, Dumpster $100.00

White Goods Minimum of $25.00 per item per scheduled pickup

Violations and Penalties
A violation of the provision or provisions of this ordinance shall result in a civil fine of up to $500 per violation.