Residential Trash Carts
The City’s Solid Waste Division collects trash from residential customers on a weekly basis. In 2012 single-family residences received trash carts provided by the city.
Exchange a Cart or Receive Additional Carts
Residents who wish to switch to a different cart size or receive additional trash carts may call the Solid Waste Division at (785) 832-3032 or fill out the Solid Waste Cart Change Request form.
Cart Size Options
- 95-Gallon Cart
- A 95-gallon cart is the right size for larger households (4+ people), and those who don’t recycle on a regular basis. Generally, six or more standard-sized kitchen trash bags fit in a 95-gallon cart. The monthly solid waste fee for the 95-gallon cart is $21.42.
- 65-Gallon Cart
- A 65-gallon cart is the right size for a small household (2-4 people), who moderately recycle. Generally, up to four standard-sized kitchen trash bags fit in a 65-gallon cart. The monthly solid waste fee for the standard 65-gallon cart is $19.36.
- 35-Gallon Cart
- A 35-gallon cart is the right size for a small household (1-2 people) and active recyclers. Generally, up to two standard-sized kitchen trash bags fit in a 35-gallon cart. The monthly solid waste fee for the 35-gallon cart is $17.82.
Q. Are the trash carts the city’s property? Will the city complete any necessary repairs to these carts?
A. Yes. Please do not take the trash cart with you when you move to a different address. Trash carts are the property of the city and each cart should stay at the address it was delivered. The city is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the trash carts. However, the city will charge the owner or occupant a fee for any necessary repair or replacement due to the owner’s or occupant’s abuse, misuse or neglect of the cart. The replacement fee for each trash cart is $55.00.
Q. Can I request a different size cart or additional carts at any time?
A. Yes. Please complete the Solid Waste Cart Change Request form or call MSO Solid Waste Customer Service at 785-832-3032. The City will provide one cart size change per address (owner/occupant) per calendar year, free of charge. The City will charge a $20.00 service fee for any additional requests to change cart sizes. Additional trash carts are available for rent, as follows: 95-gallon carts are $4.89 each, per month, 65-gallon carts are $3.86 each, per month and 35-gallon carts are $2.83 each, per month.
Q. If I put out more trash than can fit in my cart, will I be charged for the extra trash?
A. All trash needs to be placed in the trash cart for collection. There may be a couple of special occasions each year (family reunion, holidays, etc.) when you may have an additional trash bag that does not fit in the cart. Your extra trash bag will be picked up the first and second times. During the second overflow event, city crews will leave a tag on your trash cart. The third time, the city will switch the cart for a better size for your residence. You may always call MSO Solid Waste Customer Service at 785-832-3032 to discuss any unusual situation.
Q. Can I use my trash cart to set out recyclable material or yard waste?
A. No. Please use the blue recycling cart for recyclable material set-out. If you need an additional 95-gallon blue recycling cart, fill out the Solid Waste Cart Change Request form. Please use compostable paper yard waste bags and yard waste carts sold by the City for yard waste set out. Bundles of brush also accepted. Visit our Yard Waste page for more information.
Q. What services are provided by my monthly fee for solid waste?
A. Your monthly solid waste fee pays for weekly trash and yard waste collection, every-other-week single-stream recycling collection, bulk item pick-up, household hazardous waste disposal services, city drop-off recycling locations, and other solid waste services.
Q: What if I need help finding a place for the cart in my garage?
A: Contact MSO Solid Waste Customer Service at 785-832-3032 and a staff member will be sent to your residence to talk about placement and help you find the best location for your trash cart.
Q: What if I cannot move my trash to the curb?
A: Contact MSO Solid Waste Customer Service at 785-832-3032 and a supervisor will assess how to best help you.
Q: What are the dimensions of the trash carts?
A: Height x Depth x Width (in inches)
95-gallon cart dimensions are:
45.1″ x 33.7″ x 28.7″
65-gallon cart dimensions are:
40.5″ x 28.1″ x 26.7″
35-gallon cart dimensions are:
39.1″ x 22.9″ x 20.2″