The Sanitation Division is responsible for collecting more than 6,000 tons per year of residential, commercial refuse, recyclables (cardboard), and bulk trash annually for more then 5,000 households. Refuse and bulk trash are delivered to a local Refuse Transfer Station owned and operated by Cochise County Facilities and Solid Waste.
Staff provides twice weekly residential collection services. Residents are required to:
Use garbage cans to dispose of garbage.
Dispose only up to 6 bags of garbage on collection days.
Can consist of 6 garbage cans or six 32-gallon trash bags.
Bundles of tree trimmings (18 inches in diameter and four feet in length and not to exceed 65 pounds) or a combination of the above but not to exceed 6 items collectively.
Bundles of cardboard boxes should not exceed more than 65 pounds.
As outlined in the Douglas Municipal Code, it is the responsibility of the owner or occupant of the property to dispose of large or bulky items such as mattresses, appliances, furniture, tree trunks, tires, etc. Residents must also maintain their property free of litter and weeds, which includes the right-of-way adjacent to their property line to the curb, edge of the street and adjacent alleyways.
A special pickup can be arranged at a flat rate fee of $15 by calling 520-417-7329 in advance; per pickup plus the cost of transfer station fees. View details for Special Items Pickup Details (PDF).
The Sanitation Division staff enforces Section 8.16 of the Douglas Municipal Code, which protects the health, safety, and environment of the citizens of Douglas by establishing minimum standards for the storage, collection, treatment, transportation, processing, and disposal of municipal solid waste.