Garbage Collection

Garbage CollectionWe are committed to providing convenient and affordable solid waste services to the citizens of our community. The City’s fully automated collection service allows our collection costs to remain the lowest in the region. Have a concern? Let us know: Garbage Collection Reporting

Collection Schedule & Route Maps

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Yard Waste collection begins on the 1st full week of April and ends on the last full week of November.  

Garbage Collections 2023 Planned Closures

Day after New Year’s 2023Monday, January 2On Schedule
Martin Luther King DayMonday, January 16On Schedule
President’s DayMonday, February 20On Schedule
Memorial DayMonday, May 29Delayed one day
Independence DayTuesday, July 4Delayed one day
Labor DayMonday, September 4Delayed one day
Veteran’s DayFriday, November 10On Schedule
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 23Delayed one day
Day After ThanksgivingFriday, November 24Delayed one day
Christmas DayMonday, December 25Delayed one day
New Year's Day 2024Monday, January 1Delayed one day

Solid Waste Service Guidelines

  • We can ONLY collect garbage from the public right-of-way.
  • Staff cannot come onto private property to remove items, even with your permission.
  • Items weighing more than 75 pounds cannot be collected by Solid Waste workers.
  • Call to schedule special pick-ups (items that don’t fit the bin due to size or quantity).
  • Items resulting from contract work such as landscaping or construction are the responsibility of the contractor, not the City.
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is accepted at the Billings Regional Landfill for drop-off.
  • Use of commercial containers by residential customers is prohibited and is considered theft.
  • Due to the high winds at the Landfill, please make sure your garbage is bagged and tied.


The Solid Waste Division continues operations on days prior to and following each holiday to ensure excellence in service. If service is delayed due to a holiday, it only affects the day of the holiday, and the days following it during the same calendar week. Delayed service will not carry on into the following week. Example: Thanksgiving, Thursday routes will be collected on Friday, and Friday routes will be collected on Saturday. 

Residential extras collection has moved from a weekly to a monthly pickup schedule on September 6, 2021.

  1. Solid Waste Services

    Physical Address
    Billings Operations Center (BOC)
    4848 Midland Road
    Billings, MT 59101

  1.  Residential Service
  2. Commercial Service
  3.  Yard Waste
  4. Recycling Resources
  5. Temporary Containers
  6. Unused Medication

Service Request

To request service or make changes to your account please call our service center at 406-657-8315.

Service Overview

Customers enjoy weekly pickups. Those with the following service access will use ALLEY ACCESS & STREET ACCESS: 90-gallon roll-out barrels.

Rates & Fees

The Resolution Establishing Solid Waste Residential and Commercial Collection and Disposal Fees and Landfill Use Fees was adopted by the Billings City Council on June 12, 2022. These fees become effective July 1, 2022 and are available to view in their entirety in Resolution 22-11042.

Residential Service Charges

Description of ServiceFee
Residential Collection$12.45/ MO
Mobile Home Located in Mobile Park$12.45/ MO
Residential Carry Out Service (medical necessity verification required) $12.45/ MO
Additional 90 Gallon Barrel $ 4.15/MO
Special Pickup due to Size or Quantity
$50.00 (1-5 items) | $100.00 (6-10 items) | $150.00 (>10 items) 
Refrigerator/ Freezer/ Air Conditioner$ 75.00 per pickup

Service Guidelines

Only Household Waste should be placed in residential containers. Household Waste, also known as domestic Waste or residential Waste, is disposable materials generated by households. This Waste can be comprised of non-Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Waste. Non-Hazardous Waste can include food scraps, paper, bottles, etc. which can be recycled or composted. Examples of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) include batteries and household cleaners. It is important that Hazardous Waste is handled in a safe manner to ensure that they are disposed properly so they do not cause harm to the environment or refuse handlers. Learn more about Waste Types, and disposal.

Alley Service Guidelines
Curb Service Guidelines
Extras Collection
  • Use the alley barrel primarily for household trash.
  • Top off the barrel with yard waste or larger items the day before collection.
  • Keep the alley clean from your property to the middle of the alley.
  • Place items too large for the barrel on your side of the alley for alley cleaning.
  • Place residential trash only in residential barrels.
  • Prepare branches in 4 foot lengths and bundle for pick-up.
  • Do not allow long items to cause the lid to stand up.
  • Place trash in the barrel in trash bags.
  • Do not move or turn barrels from where the City has placed them.
  • Make sure your barrels and any items that do not fit in the barrels are out by 7 am.
  • Place the barrel 4 feet away from obstacles (mailboxes, vehicles, extra trash, etc.).
  • Place the barrel with the lid opening toward the street.
  • Branches need to be prepared in 4 foot lengths and bundled for pickup.
  • Do not overfill the barrel(s).
  • Make sure that the truck can reach the barrel from the street.
  • Remove barrels from the curb after they are emptied.
  • Place all trash in the barrel(s) in trash bags.
  • Put out on scheduled Monday by 7:00 AM
  • Must be bagged or boxed
  • Must be less than 75 LBS
  • Includes regular household waste only
Using your own extras barrel, please follow these requirements:
Sec.21-209. Same - Size of Residential Containers
  • Diameter between 18" to 20".
  • Capacity between 15 gallons to 32 gallons.
  • Have outside handles for carrying.
  • Placed with the lid opening toward the street.
  • Placed 4 ft. away from all obstacles.
  • Watertight with tight fitting covers (lid).
  • Made of galvanized metal or heavy duty plastic.

Receptacles not meeting these specifications may or may not be collected at the option of the City, or may be mistaken for waste and disposed of. The City is not responsible for damage to, or disposal of extra barrels.

Bulky Item Pick-up Requests

Please, call the Solid Waste Administrative offices at (406) 657-8285 to schedule a special pick-up (furniture, appliances, large branches and etc.). Additional charges may apply.