City of Bellevue Solid Waste

Select Your Carts

When it comes to saving you money and saving the earth, your cart plays a part. Choose your new cart size using the form below.

  • Difference in Sizes

    Each cart will differ in amount of trash storage. Consider the average amount of trash you may have per trash collection day and declare for the corresponding size below:
  • Questions? Call 402-346-7800

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 be the contract hauler for weekly collection of trash, recycling and seasonal compostable yard waste for the City of Bellevue. Under the new system, residents will be provided wheeled and lidded carts and will have the option to choose their cart sizes based on their needs.  Beginning May 1, 2018, this new program will replace the existing City of Bellevue trash collection program.

Base service includes three carts: One for landfilled trash, one for recycling and one for compostable yard waste. Residents will have the option to choose 35-gallon, 65-gallon or 95-gallon carts. Residents are not required to receive a recycling or compostable yard waste cart, however, these carts are included at no additional fee. By recycling more and generating less landfilled trash, residents can select a smaller trash cart size and pay less for garbage removal.

Town Hall Meetings

Learn more about our new program, ask questions and share concerns at one of our town hall meetings listed below:

02JAN
Tuesday, January 2nd
7:00 p.m.

St. Matthews Church
12210 S. 36th St.
09JAN
Tuesday, January 9th
7:00 p.m.

St. Bernadette Church
7600 S. 42nd St.
10JAN
Wednesday, January 10th
7:00 p.m.

Avery Elementary School
2107 Avery Rd W.
17JAN
Wednesday, January 17th
7:00 p.m.

Bellevue West High School Cafeteria
1501 Thurston Ave.
22JAN
Monday, January 22nd
7:00 p.m.

Mission Middle School
2202 S. Washington St.
24JAN
Wednesday, January 24th
7:00 p.m.

Twin Ridge Elementary
1400 Sunbury Dr.

Cart Selection Guide

How do I choose my cart sizes?

You can select your cart sizes using the form above. You will also receive information in the mail with instructions on how to choose your cart sizes by telephone or mail.

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 are my cart options?

Each residence will receive three carts: One for landfilled trash, one for recycling and one for compostable yard waste; and each resident may choose the size of cart: 35 gallon, 65 gallon, or 95 gallon. Residents are encouraged to monitor their trash and recycling volume and perform a waste audit prior to cart selection in order to make an informed selection.

How do I perform a waste audit?

Save your waste for a week, then set aside 30 minutes to spread it out on the ground outside or on newspapers. Categorize and group items by material: Plastic (bags, packets, disposables, other), paper, metal, glass, electronic and food. Count how many items you have in each category. This will give you an idea of how much of your waste can be recycled and how much of it is landfilled trash. (Read more about recyclable items here.)

How else can I tell which cart size I need?

Please see the graphic below to help determine which size best fits your needs. If you need assistance in determining your cart size, a customer service representative can assist you at 402-346-7800.

How many carts can I have?

Your base service includes three carts, one for landfilled trash, one for recycling and one for yard waste. You are not required to receive a recycling or yard waste cart, however, these carts are included at no additional fee. You can select any size of cart that fits your waste generation needs. For instance, you may select a 35-gallon landfilled trash cart, a 95-gallon recycling cart and a 65-gallon compostable yard waste cart. Additional carts may be obtained from Papillion Sanitation for a monthly fee of $9.00.

Pick your cart, pick your price.

Graphic is based on average tall kitchen bags (13 gallon size) of trash per week.

 

 

Cart Dimensions

Height Width Depth
35 gallon 38.2″ 22.8″ 22.3″
65 gallon 42.2″ 25.9″ 26.5″
95 gallon 46.1″ 27.7″ 31.6″

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can't attend a town hall?

If you’re unable to make any of our town halls, you can view the information we’re presenting in this PDF. Call 402-346-7800 if you have further 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.  Without change, the cost for trash service would have had to increase substantially to cover the cost of transporting trash to the landfill.  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 May 1, 2018. Delivery of carts will occur April 2018. The opportunity to choose cart sizes will begin the week of December 18 and run through February 14.

When will I get my new carts?

Carts will be delivered in April 2018.

Can I continue to use my old trash cans?

No. Residents may only use carts specific to this program due to the use of automated trucks for collection. The mechanism for lifting the carts only works properly with the carts provided.  In addition, the carts are color-coded to allow both residents and the truck driver to easily identify which carts are for landfilled trash, which are for recyclables, and which are for compostable yard waste.

Will my monthly rates increase?

Monthly service rates will be based on the size of landfilled trash cart chosen. Residents will have the option of choosing 35-gallon, 65-gallon or 95-gallon carts. 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.

Trash and Recycling Residential Collection Fee, effective May 1, 2018
$13.40 per month, per residence for 35-gallon service
$16.44 per month, per residence for 65-gallon service
$18.99 per month, per residence for 95-gallon service

In addition, each resident will receive two free pick ups of bulky or extra items (limited to 4′ x 2′ and not to exceed 60 lbs).  Additional pick ups of bulky or extra items will be $15 and should be arranged through Papillion Sanitation.

Oversized items (mattresses, couches, etc.) must be scheduled with Papillion Sanitation and will be picked up for a fee.

$2.00 for each one-half (1/2) cubic yard extra material, not to exceed 25 pounds
$1.00 for each extra bag of material, not to exceed 13 gallons or 25 pounds

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 OLPPapillion@WasteConnections.com or be directed to Customer Service at 402-346-7800.

Will I continue to be billed through my MUD bill?

Yes, your regular trash pick-up will continue to be billed through MUD.  Oversize or bulky item pick-ups will be scheduled and billed through Papillion Sanitation.  Arrangements for these special circumstances can be made by calling Papillion Sanitation at 402-346-7800.

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.

I usually put my trash in the alley. Where am I supposed to put my carts?

All landfilled trash, recyclables and compostable yard waste must be placed at curbside. The trucks will no longer be able to service alley pickups. 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).

If I have an extra bag of trash or recycling, 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. If there is additional yard waste for composting, it will need to be in brown paper biodegradable bags and set next to your yard waste cart.

Do I have to buy my new trash cart?

No. Three carts (trash, recycling and yard waste) are provided as part of your service.

What if my cart is lost, stolen or damaged?

If any of your carts are lost, stolen or damaged, they will be replaced or repaired at no cost to the resident.  Please contact Papillion Sanitation at 402-346-7800 to arrange replacement or repair.

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.

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 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.

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 yard waste cart.

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 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.

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.

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