Sanitation & Garbage Collection
All residential properties in the City of Elmira receive garbage collection unless the property owner has filed an opt-out or exemption form in the Assessor's Office:
- You can OPT IN anytime if you do not receive garbage collection and are not currently paying the fee and receiving the service. The City Chamberlain's office will pro-rate your fee for the remainder of the year.
- You can OPT OUT anytime to eliminate the fee and garbage pickup. The City Chamberlain's office will pro-rate whatever amount you may or may not be due. You only need to file once but you must opt in to resume pick-up.
- You can file an EXEMPTION by March 1st for 1 or more non-rentable and vacant units in a multi unit property. Inspection may be required. You must sign a form stating you will notify the City of any change in status for the non-rentable unit(s). Each unit for which you claim an exemption must have been empty for at least six months prior to March 1st.
The fee for garbage collection is $180 per unit per year and is billed and collected along with your City taxes. Commercial properties desiring garbage collection may opt-in by completing the opt-in form in the Chamberlain's Office.
Garbage Collection Schedule
Garbage collection begins at 4:55am and continues until crews are finished around 12:55pm, including holidays. Please place your garbage at the curb no sooner than 12 hours before your pick up day. If you place your Garbage out before 12 hours, you may be cited by Code Enforcement
Click here for the pick up map to determine which day garbage is collected in your neighborhood.
Residential Garbage Collection Guidelines
These guidelines have been developed to comply with Chemung County Solid Waste District regulations.
- There is a six (6) bag limit each week, per unit. This includes solid waste only. ( Brush and organic material can not be placed in bages for pick up due to New York State DEC requirements. These organic materials must be composted.) ALL garbage must be in bags. The City does not accept loose solid waste in garbage cans.
WINTER MONTHS: For our workers' safety, do not place solid waste and/or recycling bins on the snow banks. Place them in the driveway approach or in an area that has been shoveled.
- The weight limit for each solid waste bag is thirty pounds (30 lbs).
- Broken toys, empty oil cans, and flowerpots are to be placed in solid waste bags.
- The blue recycling bin is to be placed at the curb each week along with the solid waste bags.
- The only cardboard that is recyclable is "corrugated" (2 layers of cardboard with a wavy section between layers). The cardboard must be flattened and placed next to the blue recycling bin at the curb - unbound. All other cardboard is not recyclable and must be cut or broken down and placed in solid waste bags.
The exception: pizza boxes are corrugated, but are considered food contaminated. Pizza boxes must be broken down and placed in solid waste bags.
Cardboard should not be placed out in inclement weather.
- All metal cans must be rinsed out.
- Newspapers, magazines, etc. must be in a brown or plastic bag and placed on top of the blue recycling bin. (Do not put out in inclement weather)
- Glass bottles are to be rinsed out. The labels may be left on. Do not put broken glass in recycling bins.
- Paint cans must have lids removed and the can must be empty and dry and placed in your solid waste bags.
- Disposing of garbage not generated from your property is illegal dumping and will be reported to the Elmira Police Department.
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Each fall the City will collect leaves in bulk at the curb. Residents may rake their leaves to the curb (but not into the street) for pickup by City crews. The bulk pick-up program typically runs from late-October to early December. Leaf vacuum units, street sweepers, and loaders are used to pick-up leaves from the streets. Due to changes in State law, the City can no longer pick up bagged leaves at the curb for disposal at the landfill. For excessive yard wastes, consider using the Dial-A-Truck program (register and pay at the City Clerk’s Office), or our compost site, located at the City Yards (free permit required).
Christmas Tree Pickup
Christmas tree pickup is available for residents paying the sanitation fee. Beginning on December 26th, place your Christmas tree between the curb and the walk. Crews will pick up your tree on your normal garbage collection day.
Christmas trees are chipped and mulch is available for citizens in the Spring. Please call the Work Center at (607) 737-5750 if you are interested in obtaining mulch for your landscaping.
Carry-Out Permits for Elderly/Disabled
Individuals who are elderly or disabled and are unable to place garbage bags and bins at the curb, may apply for a Carry-Out Permit. After the individual provides proof of disability, garbage crews will pick up garbage from an agreed upon location outside the house instead of at the curb. To apply, .
The City of Elmira maintains a compost facility at its Public Works site.
The compost facility is open from dawn to dusk, Monday through Friday. Brush, yard waste, limbs, etc., can be dropped at the site free of charge. The material is composted and made available free of charge to residents.
Please note that the facility is monitored by cameras. Illegal dumping will be prosecuted.
Landfill and Shredder Station
If you need to dispose of items that the City won't pickup, you can take it directly to the Landfill or Shredder Station yourself. The Chemung County Landfill is located on County Route 60 in the Town of Chemung and the Shredder Station is located on Lake Street, just North of Sullivan Street. Before you go, make sure you check the Chemung County Solid Waste Management website for instructions on where to take which items. In general, household items go to the Shredder Station and construction and demolition materials go to the landfill, but check the website to be sure. The Chemung County Landfill and Shredder Station are operated by Casella Waste Systems and are not associated with the City of Elmira.
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Recycling Programs in Chemung County
Chemung County contracts with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County to manage specific recycling programs. Visit Cornell Cooperative Extension's website below for information on recycling and disposing of items such as: household hazardous wastes, used batteries and motor oil, electronics including computers, monitors, TVs, microwaves, etc, and appliances with Freon.