Gahanna Water, Sewer & Refuse Department
200 South Hamilton Road
Gahanna, OH 43230

(614) 342-4440
(614) 342-4100 (Fax)

Refuse, Recycling, and Yard Waste

Rumpke provides refuse, recycling and yard waste collection for the City. In addition to weekly citywide collections, Rumpke handles large pick-ups and bulk items on a regular basis with no additional charge to the residents. Please see the collections guidelines below for more information on waste collection. Click here for the 2015 refuse, recycling, and yard waste rates.

Below is the 2015 collection schedule:

    Yard Waste
  Refuse, Recycling,
and Bulk Item
-------------------------------------      ---------------------      -----------------------
Regular Schedule    Monday   Tuesday
-------------------------------------   ---------------------   -----------------------
President's Day
(Week of Feb 15-21)
  No Change
Mon, Feb 16
  No Change
Tue, Feb 17
Memorial Day
(Week of May 24-30)
  Change To:
Tue, May 26

  Change To:
Wed, May 27
July 4th
(Week of June 28 - July 4)
  No Change
Mon, June 29
  No Change
Tue, June 30
Labor Day
(Week of Sept 6-12)
  Change To:
Tue, Sept 8

  Change To:
Wed, Sept 9

Columbus Day
(Week of Oct 11-17)
  No Change
Mon, Oct 12
  No Change
Tue, Oct 13
Veterans Day
(Week of Nov 8-14)
  No Change
Mon, Nov 9
  No Change
Tue, Nov 10
(Week of Nov 22-28)
  No Change
Mon, Nov 23
  No Change
Tue, Nov 24
(Week of Dec 20-26)
  No Change
Mon, Dec 21
  No Change
Tue, Dec 22
New Year's
(Week of Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2016)
  No Change
Mon, Dec 28
  No Change
Tue, Dec 29

Rumpke may begin service as early as 7am.  Place all containers at the curb or designated location by 6am the day of collection but no earlier than 5pm the day before.  If your collection is missed, report it to the Gahanna Water, Sewer and Refuse Division at 614-342-4440 by 5pm the next day.  Items reported after that time must be held until the following week. Residents with a disability limiting or impairing the ability to walk (per ORC 4503.44) may request carryout service from Rumpke.  Proof of disability must be provided. Please follow the guidelines listed below to ensure proper collection.  If materials are not properly prepared, the Rumpke driver will leave a tag with an explanation if your materials have not been properly prepared.  The first instance serves as a friendly reminder.  Rumpke may refuse collection upon subsequent instances.

All refuse and trash must be placed in bags or containers.  Residents are responsible for providing their own refuse bags and containers.  Each bag or container must weigh less than 50 pounds.  Cardboard containers may be used for bulky or loose materials; however, wet cardboard may not be collected.  Residents may rent an extra large trash cart from Rumpke for $3 per month.  This charge is independent form your City utility bill and is set up directly with Rumpke.

Use heavy plastic bags and/or 20-30 gallon trash cans with lids and handles for refuse containment.
Bulk Items
Furniture, carpeting, mattresses, box springs and other bulk items will be collected with the regular refuse when placed at the curb.
Carpet and Padding
Carpeting and padding must be rolled in a tight bundle AND TIED OR TAPED to facilitate easy handling. Large pieces must be cut into 4-foot lengths. Residents with carryout service must place all bulk items at the curb.
Paint must be in a solid state before it can be placed in the trash.  It can be air dried or solidified using cat litter or sand.
Appliances Containing Freon
A certified technician must remove CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) from Freon containing appliances including refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc and place a certificate of removal on the item.  The appliance can then be put at the curb with the weekly refuse collection.  Doors MUST be removed from appliances as a safety measure.
Unacceptable Items
Household hazardous waste, tires and appliances containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) such as refrigerators or personal air conditioner units are not accepted.

Below is a disposal guideline for common items:

Building, Construction and Demolition Materials
CDs and DVDs
Electronics (computers, printer cartridges, cell phones, televisions, etc)
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Household Hazardous Waste (paint thinner, pesticides, cleansers, etc)
Old Tires
Used Motor Oil
Needles: You can make your own disposal container using an empty plastic laundry detergent bottle, bleach bottle, liter pop bottles or other thick plastic container.  Label the container “SHARPS-DANGEROUS” with permanent marker.  Keep the lid tightly on the container between uses and store it out of the reach of children.  Dispose of the container in the trash when full, with the lid on tightly and taped shut.
Old Car Battery: State law bans lead acid batteries from landfill disposal.  You can dispose of lead acid batteries at many auto service centers and places where you purchase auto batteries.

Residents age 60 and over who are the head of household may sign up to receive a discount on their trash bill.  Sign up by bringing your driver’s license or other official ID to the Gahanna Water, Sewer and Refuse Division office at City Hall. For details, please contact the Gahanna Water, Sewer and Refuse Division at 614-342-4440.

Rumpke provides each resident with two recycling containers and one lid for light weight items that might blow away. The City is not responsible for lost or misplaced recycling bins. It is advisable to label the bottom of your bins with your street address.  To replace your recycling bin, please visit or contact the Gahanna Water, Sewer, and Refuse Division at 614-342-4440.  Residents may rent a large 65 gallon recycling cart from Rumpke for $24 per year.  This charge is independent form your City utility bill and is set up directly with Rumpke.

After collection, recyclables are taken and processed at one of Rumpke's Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF).  Here recyclables are separated by category and prepared for their respective markets.  They are then shipped to manufacturers that recycle the items into new products.

Additional Information: General Recycling Guidelines and Acceptable Material for Recycling

Recycling Tips:
  • No plastic bags
  • Empty all containers
  • Flatten cardboard
  • No need to remove labels
  • Mix all recyclables together (no separation required)
  • Unacceptable items include: butter tubs, food trays, dishware, pots, pans, cups, utensils, foil juice pouches, ceramics, bed sheets, clothes, metal hangers, toys, electronics, VCR tapes, light bulbs, batteries, chemicals, car parts, wood, window glass, ropes, wires, cords, hoses, buckets, metal chains, and syringes

Below is a recycling guideline for common items:

Arts and Crafts Material
Building, Construction and Demolition Materials
Clothing, Household Items and Shoes
Polystyrene (Styrofoam)
Sleeping Bags for the Homeless
Wire Hangers: check with local dry cleaner

Yard waste includes organic waste from gardening and landscaping activities (grass clippings, leaves, twigs, branches, and shrubbery).  After collection, yard waste is taken to a compost facility to be recycled into mulch and compost.  Residents are responsible for providing their own yard waste containers.  Each container must weigh less than 50 pounds.

Loose Material
Place loose material in biodegradable bags (paper, kraft, or 100% compostable according to ASTM standards) or rigid containers clearly marked ‘yard waste’.  Biodegradable bags are available at many local grocery stores as well as home and garden stores.  Please do not line these bags or containers with plastic bags.
Branches less than 8 inches in diameter must be cut to 4 feet or shorter in length and bundled with string or twine.  The bundle cannot exceed 2 feet in diameter.  Tree trunks must be less than 8 inches in diameter.
Christmas Tree
Please keep trees whole.  All decorations and stands must be removed including ornaments, tinsel, garland and lights.  Trees in plastic bags will not be collected.
Weight Restrictions
Each biodegradable bag, container or bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds.  Containers meeting this weight requirement will likely have a 30-35 gallon capacity.
Unacceptable Items
Plastic bags, plastic pots, food waste, rocks and dirt are not accepted.

Hazardous, corrosive, toxic or ignitable wastes (including medical and hospital wastes, liquids, and sludge) cannot be accepted by landfills due to Federal and EPA regulations and are excluded from collection.  Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) provides free household hazardous waste (HHW) disposal services for Franklin County residents.  The drop-off location is located at 645 East 8th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 (at the corner of East 8th Ave and Essex Ave just south of the fairgrounds).  The following are examples of items accepted: oil based paint, motor oil, spray paint, propane tanks/cylinders, household cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, lawn chemicals, antifreeze and batteries.  Please note, asbestos, appliances, tires, ammunition, trash, needles, pharmaceuticals and medical waste are not accepted.  SWACO will dispose of latex and water based paint for a fee.  For a complete list of acceptable items, hours of operation and directions, visit the SWACO HHW website or call SWACO’s HHW drop-off facility at 614-294-1300.

2015 HHW Mobile Collection Drives (subject to change, please visit SWACO's website for verification):

April 18, 2015 (8am-2pm)
Ashland Chemical Inc, 5200 Blazer Pkwy, Dublin, OH 43017
September 12, 2015 (8am-2pm)
Westerville Service Garage, 350 Park Meadow Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
October 3, 2015 (8am-2pm)
Grove City Service Garage, 3262 Ventura Blvd, Grove City, OH 43123