Garbage Collection

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Exciting improvements are coming to your garbage services starting the week of Monday, September 11, 2023.  Recording of the public meeting at the Library brought to you by our friends at the Billings Public Library and Community 7 TV!

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Residential Garbage & Yard Waste Collection Route Map | Order a 64 Gal Online

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Report a concern Opens in new windowWe are committed to providing convenient and affordable solid waste services to the citizens of our community. The City’s fully automated collection service allows our collection costs to remain the lowest in the region. Have a concern? Let us know: Garbage Collection Reporting

How to take out garbage

Solid Waste Service Guidelines

-We can ONLY collect garbage from the public right-of-way.
-Staff cannot come onto private property to remove items, even with your permission.
-Items weighing more than 75 pounds cannot be collected by Solid Waste workers.
-Call 406.657.8285 to schedule bulky pick-ups (items that don’t fit the bin due to size or quantity).
-Call 406.657.8315 option #3 to schedule extra garbage pick-ups.
-Items resulting from contract work such as landscaping or construction are the responsibility of the contractor, not the City.
-Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is accepted at the Billings Regional Landfill for drop-off.
-Use of commercial containers by residential customers is prohibited and is considered theft.
-Due to the high winds at the Landfill, please make sure your garbage is bagged and tied.
Please refer to the City Ordinance 23-5849 for details.

Collection Schedule & Route Maps

Residential Garbage & Yard Waste Collection Route Map | Cardboard Recycling Collection Schedule

Yard Waste collection begins on the 1st full week of April and ends on the last full week of November.  

Cardboard Calendar

Garbage Collections 2023 Planned Closures

The Solid Waste Division continues operations on days prior to and following each holiday to ensure excellence in service. If service is delayed due to a holiday, it only affects the day of the holiday, and the days following it during the same calendar week. Delayed service will not carry on into the following week. Example: Thanksgiving, Thursday routes will be collected on Friday, and Friday routes will be collected on Saturday. 

Day after New Year’s 2023Monday, January 2On Schedule
Martin Luther King DayMonday, January 16On Schedule
President’s DayMonday, February 20On Schedule
Memorial DayMonday, May 29Delayed one day
Independence DayTuesday, July 4Delayed one day
Labor DayMonday, September 4Delayed one day
Veteran’s DayFriday, November 10On Schedule
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 23Delayed one day
Day After ThanksgivingFriday, November 24Delayed one day
Christmas DayMonday, December 25Delayed one day
New Year's Day 2024Monday, January 1Delayed one day

  1. Solid Waste Services

    Physical Address
    Billings Operations Center (BOC)
    4848 Midland Road
    Billings, MT 59101

  1.  Residential Service
  2. Commercial Service
  3.  Yard Waste
  4. Recycling Resources
  5. Temporary Containers
  6. Unused Medication

Service Request

To request service or make changes to your account please call our service center at 406-657-8315 option #3.

Service Overview

Customers enjoy weekly pickups. Those with the following service access will use ALLEY ACCESS & STREET ACCESS: 90-gallon roll-out barrels.

Rates & Fees

The Resolution Establishing Solid Waste Residential and Commercial Collection and Disposal Fees and Landfill Use Fees was adopted by the Billings City Council on June 26th, 2023. These fees become effective July 1, 2023 and are available to view in their entirety in Resolution 23-11133

Residential Service Charges

Description of ServiceFee
90 Gallon Residential Collection$13.90/ MO
90 Gallon Mobile Home Located in Mobile Park$13.90/ MO
90 Gallon Residential Carry Out Service 
(required medical necessity verification form can be downloaded or submitted online
$13.90/ MO
64 Gallon Residential$9.90/ MO
Additional 90 Gallon Barrel $4.50/ MO
Residential landfill fees for new annexed property (not yet receiving City collection)$4.20/ MO
Extras - Call in only 406-657-8315 option 3$5.00 per item
Special Pickup due to Size or Quantity$55.00 (1-5 items) | $110.00 (6-10 items) | $165.00 (>10 items) 
Refrigerator/ Freezer/ Air Conditioner$ 80.00 per pickup
NSF/Returned item fee$25.00 per occurrence

Service Guidelines

Only Household Waste should be placed in residential containers. Household Waste, also known as domestic Waste or residential Waste, is disposable materials generated by households. This Waste can be comprised of non-Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Waste. Non-Hazardous Waste can include food scraps, paper, bottles, etc. which can be recycled or composted. Examples of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) include batteries and household cleaners. It is important that Hazardous Waste is handled in a safe manner to ensure that they are disposed properly so they do not cause harm to the environment or refuse handlers. Learn more about Waste Types, and disposal.

Weekly Alley Service GuidelinesWeekly Curb Service GuidelinesCall-in "Extras" Collection (406.657.8315 Option 3)
  • Make sure your barrels are out by 7 am.
  • Place the barrel 4 feet away from obstacles.
  • Place the barrel with lid opening toward the middle of the alley.
  • Use the alley barrel for household waste.
  • Do not overfill the barrel(s); make sure the lid closes.
  • Please make sure all your garbage is bagged and tied.
  • Keep your barrel stored on your property, or along your designated side of the alley after they are emptied.
  • Keep the alley clean from your property to the middle of the alley.
  • Make sure your barrels are out by 7 am.
  • Place the barrel 4 feet away from obstacles.
  • Place the barrel with the lid opening toward the street.
  • Do not overfill the barrel(s); make sure the lid closes.
  • Make sure that the truck can reach the barrel from the street.
  • Please make sure all your garbage is bagged and tied.
  • Keep your barrel on your property after they are emptied.
  • Extra garbage is call-in only for $5 per item
  • An item is household and yard waste only
  • Must be less than 75 lbs
  • Can consist of up to 3 typical 13-gal tall kitchen garbage bags
  • Can fit in a container less than 2ft x 2ft (32 gal equivalent)
  • Three bundles of large branches that are securely tied, less than 4 ft long, and less than 2 ft in diameter can be collected as a call-in extra item as well.
  • Please refer to the City Ordinance 23-5849 for details.

Receptacles not meeting these specifications may or may not be collected at the option of the City, or may be mistaken for waste and disposed of. The City is not responsible for damage to, or disposal of extra barrels.

Bulky Item Pick-up Requests

Please, call the Solid Waste Administrative offices at (406) 657-8285 to schedule a special pick-up (furniture, appliances, large branches and etc.). Additional charges may apply.