Collection Tips

  • Position the trash and recycle containers in the street against the curb, with the handle side closest to your home. Make sure containers are at a minimum 4 feet away from each other and from fences, light posts, mailboxes or other obstacles.
  • Place containers curbside by 6 a.m. According to Surprise City Code, containers must be removed prior to 11:00 p.m. of that day of collection.
  • Park at least 15 feet away from the containers. Your container cannot be emptied if a parked vehicle blocks it.
  • Please do not place hazardous materials in your trash container. Only regular household trash, garbage and small quantities of yard trimmings are acceptable. All trash should be bagged and tied.
  • Prohibited items include dirt, sod, rocks, concrete, bricks, concrete blocks, roofing/construction materials, auto parts, batteries, tires, ashes, flammable materials, ammunition, guns, oil, gas, paint or any other hazardous materials.
  • Pay close attention to children and animals! Please make sure children and animals are NOT playing near containers, especially at collection time.
  • Avoid overfilling containers. Lid should be closed to eliminate odors, nuisances and to ensure the contents will remain in the container until dumped...and the weight limit is 200 pounds.
  • Cardboard boxes should be cut into smaller pieces to prevent jamming and placed in the blue recycling container.
  • Do not bag & tie recyclables
  • Place all recyclables together in the blue container - no need to sort
  • Rinse recyclable containers to remove food
  • No need to remove labels from recyclables
  • Lids may be left on if they are also recyclable
  • Break down larger cardboard boxes