About the Residential Division
The goal of the Solid Waste Residential Division
is to work as a team to provide customer friendly solid waste
services in a safe and professional manner, at a competitive rate
for residential customers of Copperas Cove.
The Solid Waste Residential Division assists in
ensuring the public health and safety of the community by providing
once a week automated garbage collection of residential garbage
to all single and multi-family residences. Through the provision of
timely, consistent, high quality service at a reasonable cost, the
appearance and quality of life in the community is enhanced,
contributing to the creation and maintenance of a healthy,
esthetically pleasing environment.
Automated Collection System
The City of Copperas Cove is divided into eight
(8) collections areas. Each of these areas has an assigned garbage
collection day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Standard
weekly services that are included in the monthly garbage fee are:
Once per week collection of garbage/rubbish placed in the City provided roll-out container(s).
Once per month collection of brush, up to 8 cubic yards, is free. The fee is $6.00 per cubic yard for brush in excess of
the allowed 8 cubic yards. See the Brush & Bulk page
for more information.
Twice monthly collection of yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, or shrub trimmings) placed in authorized
biodegradable Kraft bags only (no limit).
Twice monthly collection of accepted recyclables (see recycle Division page for accepted items).
Where Should I Put My Container on Collection Day?
Under normal circumstances, the container should
be placed on the addressed side of the residence at least four (4)
feet away from any obstacle and not under low hanging limbs or power
lines. If you have more than one container, please leave a four (4)
foot separation between containers. On streets with curb and gutter
set the container in the gutter with the wheels against the curb. If there is no curb and gutter put the container at the
edge of the pavement with the wheels and handle facing toward the
Available Container Sizes
National surveys show that the storage space
available in the containers is more than adequate for the average
household. One 96-gallon container equals three 32-gallon
containers. If a citizen requires more capacity, an additional
container is available. An additional monthly fee of $14.00 will be
added to a resident's utility bill. However, those experiencing
problems are encouraged to place recyclable items at curbside for
collection. A 64-gallon container is also available at the same
What if I Have Extra Bags of Trash?
Bag all of the extra trash in plastic bags not
larger than 33 gallons in capacity. Secure the top and set them near
your trash container. The driver will reload the extra trash into
the container up to twice per collection day at a rate of $4.50 per
Once a week, on the designated collection day for
your neighborhood, City trucks will collect household garbage and
waste in curbside carts. Twice monthly, City trucks will collect
recyclables, yard waste, and large bulky items.
Collection schedules for holidays will be
announced through local publications and through news media. The
City's general schedule for holiday collection observes the
following eleven holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Fourth of July
If your regular collection day falls on a
holiday, your collection for all services (garbage, recyclables,
yard waste, and large bulky items) will be the next day following
the holiday. All other collection days after the holiday will be a
day later, during the remainder of the holiday week.
What Kind of Refuse Can I Put In My Container?
Residents place typical household garbage in the
container. In order to keep your container clean; we encourage
residents to use plastic bags. Trash collected in bags helps control
odors, maintain cleanliness, and helps to prevent trash from being
scattered about by the wind during the collection process. We recommend that you wash out the interior
of the container from time to time. Grass clippings and leaves are
NOT allowed in the container, but should be placed in biodegradable
Kraft bags. Other items not allowed in the containers are solvents,
flammable liquids, hot coals or ashes, brush, lumber, rocks, dirt,
brick, building materials, demolition materials, other construction
items, dead animals, or dead animal waste.
• Do's and Don'ts for container use