City of Bellevue Solid Waste

Our New Program

As of May 2018, trash, recycling and yard waste services for the City of Bellevue will be upgraded to a cart-based system. This change will provide Bellevue residents with more flexibility and choice for waste disposal services.

This program applies only to residents within the city limits of Bellevue (those who currently pay their trash bill through MUD.)

Papillion Sanitation will continue to provide weekly collection for trash, recycling and seasonal composting of yard waste. Base service includes three carts: One for landfilled trash, one for recycling and one for compostable yard waste.

What Happens Next?

New carts will be delivered in April and the new program begins the week of May 1.

What if I didn’t select cart sizes?

Residents who did not select cart sizes will receive three 65-gallon carts and be billed accordingly.

What if I want to change my cart size?

After carts are delivered, residents will have until June 30 to switch to a different cart size at no additional cost by contacting Papillion Sanitation at 402-346-7800.

What should I do with my old trash cans?

Residents are encouraged to repurpose their old trash cans whenever possible. Possible uses include storage for yard and garden equipment, compost, rain water collection and, if appropriately cleaned, sports equipment or pet supplies. Pick up of old trash cans that are recyclable is being planned for the spring. More information on this will be posted as it becomes available.

What if I am a new resident or moving out of Bellevue?

If you are moving out of Bellevue and have already ordered carts, please call Papillion Sanitation at 402-

If you are a new resident to Bellevue, click here to view our cart selection guide, and then call Papillion
Sanitation at 402-346- 7800 to request your cart size. After cart delivery begins on April 1 st , we cannot
guarantee that you will receive the sizes you request. However, once your carts have been delivered
you have until June 30 to request a different size.


Recycling Guide

What can go in my recycling cart?

The following materials can be recycled:


(Please do flatten all cardboard boxes. No need to remove paper clips, stamps, address labels, staples, tape, wire, metal fasteners, rubber bands, spiral bindings or plastic tabs.)

  • Blueprints
  • Catalogs, brochures, magazines and envelopes
  • Corrugated cardboard and paper bags
  • File folders
  • Frozen food packages
  • Paperback books
  • Newspapers and inserts (no bags)
  • Opened mail and greeting cards
  • Paperboard boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper milk or juice cartons
  • Paper ream wrappers
  • Phone books
  • White and pastel office paper

(Please do not flatten plastic containers. Empty and rinse all plastic materials.)

All plastics #1–7 are accepted. (Identify plastic type by looking for the recycling symbol paired with a number at the bottom of the container.) Plastic bottle lids are recyclable and should be left on their bottles. Please do not include #7 PLA compostables.


(Please do not flatten metal containers. Empty and rinse all metal materials.)

  • Cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Loose metal jar lids
  • Pie plates and other formed aluminum containers
  • Steel bottle caps

Should I bag my recycling?

No. Plastic bags cannot be recycled. Use Hefty® Energy Bags™ for non-recyclable bags and plastics.

What can go in the Hefty® Energy Bags™?

Snack bags, pudding cups, candy wrappers, pet food bags, Styrofoam®, plastic ware and all other non-recyclable bags can be converted to energy using Hefty® Energy Bags™. Simply place these items in your orange Hefty® Energy Bag™, tie it shut and put it in your recycling cart. You will receive a roll of Hefty® Energy Bags™ when your carts are delivered. Additional rolls can be purchased from Papillion Sanitation.

Do I need to sort my recycling?

No. We use single stream sorting, so no separation of materials is necessary.

Do I need to rinse out my recycling?

Yes. Please rinse bottles, cans, jugs and cartons before recycling.

What CAN’T be recycled?

The following materials should be kept out of your recycling cart to avoid contaminating your recycling:

  • Glass bottles and jars
    Unfortunately, recycling glass this way isn’t very eco-friendly or cost-effective—though you can recycle your glass containers at one of our drop box locations; see for more information.
  • Aluminum foil
  • Drinking glasses
  • Hazardous or bio-hazardous waste
  • Mirrors, light bulbs, ceramics and Pyrex®
  • Needles and syringes
  • Plastic bags and tops, microwave trays and six-pack holders
  • Plastics other than #1–7
  • Scrap metal
  • Stickers and address label sheets
  • Styrofoam® or other takeout paper containers
  • Tissues, paper towels and napkins
  • Waxed paper and waxed cardboard
  • Window glass
  • Fireworks

Yard Waste Guide

When does yard waste season start?

Yard waste season runs April 1 through November 30. The compostable yard waste cart can be used for landfilled trash from December 1 through March 31.

What is considered yard waste?

Yard waste is defined as leaves, lawn clippings, prunings, weeds and dead plant material that fits within the customer’s cart.

What do I do with bundles of branches?

Branches are considered landfilled trash as they cannot be composted. If you wish to landfill your branches, they must fit in your landfilled trash cart with the lid closed. The best option for branches is to utilize the City of Bellevue’s FREE TREE DUMP located at the gated entrance just north of 8902 Cedar Island Road, intersecting at Rose Lane, in Bellevue. The FREE TREE DUMP is open the last Saturday of every month from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Limbs and branches collected at this site are mulched for reuse at public parks and schools.

Is there a limit to how much yard waste will be picked up?

There is no limit to compostable yard waste curbside collection from April 1–November 30. All compostable yard waste that does not fit into your cart will need to be bagged in compostable brown paper biodegradeable bags and set next to your compostable yard waste cart.

Trash Guide

We will pick up most household trash that will fit inside the container. We DO NOT take the following items:

Paint – Solvents – Motor Oil – Appliances – Antifreeze – Car Batteries – Tires

If I have an extra bag of trash, can I place it next to my cart for pickup?

The collection trucks are only able to handle items placed in your cart. If you have additional items that do not fit into your cart, contact Papillion Sanitation at 402-346-7800.

How do I dispose of something like a couch or mattress?

A large item curbside pickup may be scheduled with Papillion Sanitation for a fee. Two FREE bulk curbside pickups (of items not exceeding 60 pounds and 4 x 2 feet) are allowed per year; these can also be scheduled with Papillion Sanitation. The City will hold two annual cleanups where oversize or bulky items may also be taken for disposal at no additional fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the change?

The City of Bellevue recently approved a new contract for solid waste disposal that requires these improvements. These changes will improve recycling rates, control costs and provide residents increased flexibility and choice for their waste disposal services.

The new system is based off a pilot program in two neighborhoods. In these neighborhoods, recycling rates nearly tripled. With the closure of the Sarpy County Landfill, trash destined for the landfill must be transported further and at a higher cost to the City. This program will allow the City to stabilize costs for the next 10 years while increasing recycling.

What are the benefits of cart-based waste collection?

Cart-based waste collection is convenient, clean and safe. Wheeled and lidded carts are easier to transport to and from the curb, resistant to tipping and improve the City’s cleanliness as they leave less opportunity for debris to blow out and animals to tear open trash bags. Automated collection of carts keeps workers off the roads and helps prevent unnecessary injury, and the ability to choose their cart size allows customers flexibility in service price—the smaller the cart, the smaller the fee. If you are not generating a large amount of landfilled trash weekly, you may see your monthly fee decrease. Residents can also select ANY size recycling and compostable yard waste carts, one of each, for no additional fee.

When will this change take place?

The new system will be in place beginning the week of May 1, 2018.

When will my new carts arrive?

Delivery of carts will occur April 2018.

What if I want to change my cart size(s)?

After carts are delivered, residents can switch cart sizes at no additional cost by contacting Papillion Sanitation at 402-346-7800 as long as they do so by June 30.

What if I want more than three carts?

Additional carts may be obtained from Papillion Sanitation for a monthly fee of $9.00.

What should I do with my old trash cans?

Residents are encouraged to repurpose their old trash cans whenever possible. Possible uses include storage for yard and garden equipment, compost, rain water collection and, if appropriately cleaned, sports equipment or pet supplies. Pick up of old trash cans that are recyclable is being planned for the spring. More information on this will be posted as it becomes available.

Can I continue to use my old trash cans?

No. Residents may only use carts provided by Papillion Sanitation due to the use of automated trucks for collection. The mechanism for lifting the carts only works properly with the carts provided.

How do I report service issues?

Papillion Sanitation will continue to be the hauler for the City of Bellevue, and all questions or concerns about service may be emailed to or be directed to Customer Service at 402-346-7800.

Will I continue to be billed through my MUD bill?


How will I know what day my service is?

As soon as routes have been determined, that information will be provided to residents and will also be available on this website. Changes should be minimal. If your neighborhood will experience a collection day change, you will receive advance notice.

Where should I put my cart for collection?

Carts should be placed at the curb the night before or by 7:00 a.m. on your service day. Carts should be kept four feet away from any poles and/or mailboxes and spaced two feet from your other carts. Lids on all carts must be completely closed in order to prevent any items from falling out or blowing out of the cart(s).

Disabled customers may request walk-up service. A request form is available from Papillion Sanitation.

What if my cart is lost, stolen or damaged?

If your landfilled trash cart is lost, stolen or damaged, please contact Papillion Sanitation at 402-346-7800 to arrange replacement.

What happens to the cart if I move?

Prior to your move, contact Papillion Sanitation to stop your service. Your carts should be left at the residence upon your departure for pick up by Papillion Sanitation.

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