City of Fairhope Waste Management

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A Division of the Fairhope Public Works Department

You can now open a ticket with us though our Fairhope 311 ticket system.   
The Waste Management division of Public Works is responsible for the following:


Residential Garbage Service
Garbage collection begins at 1:00 a.m. Cans should be placed on your right of way the night before collection and should be removed the same day as collection. Cans are not be placed at the curb earlier than 24 hours before your scheduled collection.

Garbage must be bagged and contained in a city-issued automated garbage can. These cans are the property of the City of Fairhope and residents are responsible for any damage or theft.

All household waste and small bulk waste is considered garbage. This includes food, animal waste, chemical and gardening containers, and any non-recyclable containers. Small electronics are also garbage, but may be recycled at the recycling center.

Bio-hazardous materials, such as hypodermic needles, are a special care item, please call 251-928-8003 for proper placement.

Commercial Garbage Service
Businesses are limited to (1) 64 gallon cart. If more than (1) 64 gallon cart is needed then business must purchase one or more 96 gallon carts. Businesses are encouraged to purchase the 96 gallon cart to accommodate for larger bulk waste, such as Styrofoam, plastic wrap, etc. The cost is $65.00 to purchase a cart. The City of Fairhope does not service dumpsters. Businesses will be charged per polycart, with rates beginning at $17.25 per month for a two time per week pick up. Businesses may elect up to five times per week pick up (Monday through Friday). Minimum charge per month is $15.55 for (1) 64 gallon cart, or $17.25 per 96 gallon for a 2 times per week service.

All garbage must be contained. Boxes must be broken down (for recycling) with all filler material, including styrofoam peanuts, enclosed in garbage can/polycart. Businesses will be charged according to how much garbage they generate, and all businesses are encouraged to recycle. Boxes not broken down or containing loose materials will be considered excess garbage, and monthly fee may be adjusted.

Commercial recycling is available, including cardboard recycling. Cardboard is picked up from area businesses every Wednesday (no charge) and additional days may be added, if needed. We will accommodate your needs.


Trash includes yard waste (limbs, leaves, grass), crates, old furniture, appliances and bulk materials and is collected weekly.

Yard waste must be separated from all other materials for yard waste pickup. Do not use plastic bags! Traditional plastic bags are not 100% biodegradable and do not fit in with the City’s yard waste recycling program. Composting at home is an excellent idea, also. If you bag your yard waste, please use earth-friendly, compostable bags, available at  most area hardware/garden shops for a minimal price.

Containers are not trash! All containers which have had food or chemicals in them at one time must be contained with garbage, not trash. Also, remember garden pots must be bagged with garbage.

Any debris that may blow must be contained. Do not place trash or debris on sidewalks, in roads or in drainage areas. Doing so may result in a fine. 

Yard waste may be placed at curbside for pick up at any time. Other trash, such as furniture and bulk items, may not be placed out for pick up more than 24 hours before pick up. Call us if you are unsure which day is your “trash” pick-up day. You may call 251-990-0192 for specific information on your pick-up schedule or email. 

Small electronics are considered "garbage" and should be placed beside your garbage can (radios, stereos, microwaves). However, computer peripherals should be brought in for recycling at the Public Utilities Warehouse 555 South Section Street.


The City of Fairhope offers once a week curb side recycling to all City residents.  Recycling materials should be sorted for ease of collection. The City of Fairhope currently recycles mixed paper, cardboard boxes (broken down), glass containers, plastic jugs, and steel/aluminum cans at curbside. There is no fee for recycling. 

Twice each y ear in April and November the City host an electronic recycling and community shredding. The next electronic recycling and community shredding event will be held on November 15th.


Recycling and trash center located at 555 South Section Street is open Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays  7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


For questions or concerns regarding garbage, trash or recycling services, please call 251-990-0192 or contact-us-3.  

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