Trash and Recycling


Public Works provides curbside pickup of household garbage, recycling, electronic items, and appliances.

City of Valparaiso Trash and Recycle Pick Up Map
Click the link above to review the Map.

Standard Trash Pickup DOs and DON'Ts:

  • DO... place trash to the curb or alley by 7:00 am on your pickup day.
  • DO... place the can in the right of way with the arrow on the lid pointing toward the street
  • DO... bag your trash; loose garbage will blow away when the can is dumped
  • DON'T... place your can near obstructions (e.g. mailboxes, utility poles, parked cars, etc.)
  • DON'T... place hot ashes or flammable materials in your can. Cans damaged because of misuse will be the responsibility of the homeowner.

Extra Trash & Construction Debris:

  • Extra Trash outside of the can is subject to a fee of $15 per cubic yard. Amounts will be assessed by a Public Works Supervisor. Any charges for extra trash will appear on a separate line on the resident's utility bill.
  • Public Works does not accept materials generated by Contractors.
  • Debris must be bundled in 4ft sections.
  • Extra Trash must be placed out by 7:00am on pickup day.
  • Contact us prior to your pickup day at 219.462.4612. After hours, please leave a message with your address and item to be picked up.
  • Always call us before setting out debris from a large demolition project.

Items NOT Accepted:

Large Items, Appliances & Electronics:

  • Furniture and appliances will be picked up at the rate of $15 per cubic yard. 
  • Electronic Items (anything with a plug) should never be placed in your garbage can as these cannot go into the landfill. Place them next to your can for pickup.
  • Set items out by 7:00 am on your pickup day
  • Contact us prior to pickup day at 219.462.4612. After hours, please leave a message with your address and item to be picked up. These items are picked up by a separate truck for proper disposal.


  • Latex paint only (no oil based, please) will be picked up ONLY IF the paint has been dried. A drying agent such as cat litter or sawdust may be added and dried paint should be removed from the can whenever possible.
  • To learn more about paint recycling or to purchase recycled paint please visit this website Paint Recycling.

Clean Out Weeks:

  • Spring/Fall Clean Out weeks occur the week of Memorial Day (Spring) and Labor Day (Fall) Holidays.
  • During Spring/Fall Clean Outs, up to 1 cubic yard of additional household-generated trash will be picked up free of charge.
  • Debris must be bundled in 4ft sections.
  • Debris from private contractors will not be accepted.
  • Place the extra trash out by 7:00 am on your pickup day.
  • If your items can be donated call: Habitat for Humanity at 219-972-3000 or The Salvation Army at 219-882-9377.


  • The City encourages participation by all residents and businesses. Call our office at 219.462.4612 to get started.
  • ACCEPTABLE ITEMS -- Click the link to the view the flyer provided by Homewood Disposal.
  • Set out by 7:00 am on the same day as your regular trash pick up.
  • All accepted recyclables go in the same container--no need to separate recyclables.