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Cart Placement Improves Safety and Efficiency

Proper cart placement is key to safe and efficient garbage collection services as multi-ton collection vehicles navigate through city streets, alleys, and around everyday obstacles.

Garbage collection trucks can easily weigh 15 tons and carry several tons of refuse as they complete city collection routes. These 20- to 30-foot long trucks are designed with safety and efficiency in mind. Still, by simply placing carts properly Waste Connections’ customers will help ensure safe and efficient collection services.

Waste Connections of Tennessee reminds residential customers to be aware of cart placement and follow basic guidelines to ensure quick and efficient pickup.

To ensure a safe and effective pickup, please:

  • Leave 3 feet between containers
  • Do not park personal vehicles within 10 feet of containers
  • Face container handles toward your home
  • Place carts at the curb with arrows pointing towards the street
  • Do not drill into, bolt or fasten any objects to your cart
  • Do not overfill trash cart or place additional garbage on top of container
  • Bag and tie all trash
  • Avoid packing materials tightly inside cart


If your collection container is tagged and moved after pickup, please note the new location of the container and place it at that spot for the following week’s pickup.

Often, customers underestimate the space needed for automatic slide load trucks to safely operate so Waste Connections’ staff will relocate the cart to a proper location.

Residential Memphis garbage collection service begins at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. Residential customers should have all materials out for collection by 6 a.m. on the scheduled pickup day. If garbage is not out in time for regular collection, it will be picked up the following week.

Waste Connections of Tennessee provides reliable, cost-conscious and energy-efficient Memphis trash and recycling services for homes, businesses and construction sites. Whether you need residential trash collection and recycling in Shelby County, commercial trash compactor service in Bartlett or construction waste removal in De Soto County, you can trust Waste Connections of Tennessee to meet all of your Memphis recycling and waste disposal needs.

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