Waste Collection and Recycling

Operating under contract with Meadow Vale, Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. provides dependable, weekly curbside trash collection throughout the City.

Rumpke is pleased to offer:
  • Courteous, safe drivers
  • Environmentally sound waste disposal
  • A professional customer service team
  • Curbside recycling
  • Yard waste collection
  • Bulk item collection
As a reminder, please review the service guidelines that follow:

Service Guidelines

Please follow these simple guidelines when preparing your material for collection.
  • Trash/recycling must be placed curbside the night before the scheduled collection day. Drivers may not return to residences if materials are unprepared at the scheduled collection time.
  • Rumpke provides trash containers for collection. In addition, residents can place up to two, 32-gallon cans or bags per pick-up. Cans and bags should not exceed 50 pounds in weight. Please do not place trash at the curb in boxes. Rumpke is not responsible for damaged or missing plastic cans or lids.
  • All corrugated or cardboard boxes should be broken down into 2 ft x 2 ft squares and bundled.
  • Please contact Rumpke Customer Service (502-568-3800) at least 24 hours before the regularly scheduled collection day to request a large item pick-up for acceptable large items, and/or excessive amounts of trash. Television sets will not be picked up but must be taken to the appropriate facility operated by Metro Louisville. Any mattress or upholstered furniture that may be contaminated with bedbugs must be encased in disposable plastic for removal. Additional fees may apply.
  • Appliances containing freon or CFC require special handling procedures prior to pick-up. Please download this form for additional details or contact a qualified service person who will affix a sticker to the appliance after safely removing the refrigerant.
  • According to Federal law, Rumpke is not permitted to accept batteries, tires, liquids, combustible materials or any items identified as hazardous.
  • Bulky materials including drywall, concrete, bricks, dirt or rocks are not acceptable.
  • Drums, barrels, yard and household containers are not acceptable trash containers and will be assumed trash if placed at the curb.
  • Rumpke is not responsible for damage beyond the curb line.

Trash Carts

Taking the trash out shouldn’t be a chore. Limit the number of trips you take to the curb by using the Rumpke trash cart.

Features of a 96-gallon trash cart:
  • Capacity of three times a traditional garbage can
  • Wheels for easy mobility
  • Lid to keep garbage in and animals out
  • Sturdy plastic to withstand nature's elements

Large Items

Large items for trash pickup are to be handled separately. Except for a few exceptions, Rumpke offers a free service for handling large items. Please contact Rumpke at least 24 hours before the regularly scheduled collection to request a large item pick-up for acceptable large items, and/or excessive amounts of trash. Television sets cannot exceed 32 inches for curbside pick-up. Any mattress or upholstered furniture that may be contaminated with bedbugs must be encased in disposable plastic for removal. Additional fees may apply. The following link has information about curbside service.

Holiday Schedule

Collection day and time may vary during weeks when a holiday occurs. Please place trash and recycling at the curb the evening prior to scheduled collection. Note that a holiday may also effect the time recycling is also collected. For your convenience, a holiday schedule for Rumpke’s service in Meadow Vale is available here.


An average American generates nearly 1 ton of trash a year, but all that waste doesn’t have to go to the landfill. We want you to recycle your bottles, cans, paper and more! Rumpke offers a convenient curbside recycling program in Meadow Vale giving residents a means to reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill.

While trash collection is on a weekly basis, the collection of items for recycling is on an every-other-week basis. The recycling schedule for Meadow Vale is available here. If you have further questions on recycling please contact Rumpke directly at 1-800-678-6753 or visit www.rumpkerecycling.com.

Residents can typically recycle the following items:
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (Soda, milk, detergent, shampoo, and small-mouth bottles)*
  • Glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, and green glass)*
  • Aluminum cans*
  • Steel cans and lids*
  • Paperboard (like cereal boxes)
  • Cardboard
  • Office paper and envelopes
  • Newspapers, magazines and inserts
  • Telephone books and catalogs (up to one inch thick)
*Please make sure all containers are empty. Labels do not need to be removed. Please rinse and flatten everything possible.

Not acceptable for recycling are items such as the following:
  • Plastic: Bowls, buckets, or tubs, oil jugs, film, plastic bags, styrofoam
  • Glass: Lids, window or drinking glass, light bulbs, glass cookwear
  • Paper: Pizza boxes, books, napkins, paper plates
  • Cans: Paint cans, coat hangers, steel scrap, pots and pans

Yard Waste Collection

The Jefferson County Solid Waste District bans the mixture of yard waste with municipal solid waste. All yard waste is collected separately from residential waste.

Yard waste should be prepared in one of the following ways:
  • Placed loosely in a 30-35 gallon can clearly labeled “YARD WASTE”.
  • Placed in 30~35 gallon paper yard waste bags available from Home Depot or Lowe’s.
  • Placed in 30-35 gallon plastic bags and clearly discernable as yard waste.
  • Brush and branches should be cut and bundled. Branches should not exceed four feet (4’) in length and three (3”) in diameter or weigh more than 75 pounds per bundle.

Yard waste is collected at the curb. If yard waste and residential waste are collected at the curb on the same day, there should be a separation between the two waste streams to make identification easier for the collectors. All yard waste is taken to a composting landfill.

Yard waste includes the following:
  • Grass, weeds, and other lawn herbaceous materials.
  • Shrubbery and plant clippings.
  • Twigs, sticks, small branches within the above guidelines.
  • Leaves,
Yard waste does not include the following:
  • Lumber
  • Logs, stumps, or firewood.
  • Tree branches uncut or exceeding the above guidelines.
  • Large amounts of dirt or gravel.
Rumpke will collect Christmas trees for Meadow Vale at seasonal times in a similar manner to yard waste. Trees must be free of decorations and may be placed at the curb uncut. Rumpke reserves the right to place limits on the amount of yard waste collected from individual residential units following severe storms, tornados, or other periods of severe weather. Unless otherwise specified, Rumpke will abide by the guidelines of the Yard Waste Collection Program for Louisville Metro.

New Guidelines for Louisville Metro.

In May 2014, the Louisville - Jefferson County Waste Management District adopted a yard waste container regulation (51.507R) clarifying collection procedures. Residents who utilize yard waste collection services, such as Rumpke, must use one of the following containers: reusable bin, paper yard waste bag, or compostable plastic bag meeting ASTM D6400 standards. A complete FAQ is available by clicking here.