Due to Extreme Heat 
All collection routes will operate 1 hour earlier to avoid heat-related injury.
Please place carts out by 6am to ensure timely collection.
We appreciate your understanding and stay safe.
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Serving Ada County, Idaho

Residential Collection Services

Hardin Sanitation proudly provides top quality residential trash and recycling collection services in Ada County, Idaho.

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Residential Set Out Instructions

For safety and efficiency, please:

  • Place Hardin Sanitation provided cart(s) out by 7:00 am
  • Please ensure all trash, recycling, and yard waste is contained in Hardin Sanitation carts
    • In accordance with Ada County Ordinance No. 938, loose and/or bagged waste placed outside Hardin Sanitation containers will NOT be collected.
    • Additional carts are available for a small monthly rental fee. To request additional carts please contact us.
  • Place carts in the street against the curb
  • Place carts at least 3 feet away from other carts, vehicles, mailboxes, or other objects
  • Place carts in area free of overhead trees, wires, etc. (14 feet clearance)
  • Make sure cart handles face your house
  • Place used motor oil in clear jugs and in view of drivers
  • Click here for more information on residential trash ordinance going into effect Oct 1, 2022
Graphic illustration of Hardin Sanitation trash bin distance between bins.

Residential Trash Containers

Size Height Width
Length Color
95 Gallon Cart 42" 28" 32" Blue

Weekly residential garbage collection is performed on Monday through Friday.

 Hardin Sanitation residential 95 gallon trash bin.

Trash Guidelines

  • ALL waste must be contained within garbage container(s) provided by Hardin Sanitation in accordance with Ada County Ordinance No. 938
    • Loose waste, branches, and/or bags outside the cart(s) will not be collected.
      For more information, please click here.
  • Bag trash to prevent littering
  • Set out carts by 7:00 am with lids closed
  • Please do not block sidewalks
  • All containers must be removed from curbside within 24 hours

Acceptable Materials

  • Food
  • Miscellaneous garbage
  • Normal household waste materials
  • Paper

Unacceptable Materials

  • Animal carcasses
  • Asbestos
  • Ashes (hot or cold)
  • Batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Electronics
  • Hazardous waste, liquids, paints, oils
  • Medical waste
  • Tires
  • White goods containing CFC’s (appliances)

Bulky Waste & Appliances

For an additional fee, Hardin Sanitation can pickup large items like furniture and appliances.  Please call Hardin Sanitation at 208-642-2629 at least 24 hours in advance of your normal collection day to schedule collection of bulk items.

Recycling Containers

Residential Height Width Length Colors
95 Gallon Cart 42" 28" 32" Blue Cart with Orange Lid
Hardin Sanitation residential 95 gallon recycling bin.

Recycling Guidelines

Hardin Sanitation residential trash and recycling customers in Ada County should set recycling carts out curbside by 7:00 am on their regular collection day.

Effective October 1, 2022, in accordance with newly passed Ada County Ordinance No. 938,
All residential waste must be contained within a container provided by Hardin Sanitation.

To preserve the value of the recyclables, please place only approved items in the recycling cart that are empty, clean and dry.

  • All Hardin customers receive a 95 gallon cart for recycling.
  • Pickup occurs every other week on your trash collection day.
  • Place recycling carts out by 7:00 am on your collection day.
  • Additional 95 gallon carts are available for an extra monthly fee.
  • All approved recycling items can be mixed in the cart (unbagged).
  • No plastic bags
  • No glass, Styrofoam, or yard waste
  • Flatten or cut down boxes to fit in cart.
  • Lids must close.

Accepted Materials

Paper & Cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes (broken down to fit in container)
  • Computer and fax paper
  • Construction paper
  • Envelopes (cellophane window ok)
  • Frozen food and cereal boxes (no liners)
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers
  • Office waste paper (any color)
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books

Plastic Bottles and Jugs

  • Bottles & Jugs must be marked with #1 or #2 recycle symbol
  • No lightweight water bottles
  • No plastic bags or other soft plastics


  • Aerosol cans (must be empty; labels ok)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Tin cans

Unacceptable Materials

Please do not place any of the following items in your recycling cart:

  • Chip and candy wrappers
  • Food contaminated paper (pizza boxes, plates, coffee cups)
  • Food waste
  • Glass
  • Hazardous waste containers
  • Light weight water bottles
  • Milk and juice paper cartons
  • Plastic bags
  • Soft or flimsy plastics
  • Styrofoam / packaging
  • Tissues, napkins, paper towels
  • Yard waste
  • Wax coated cardboard

Did you know...

...batteries should NEVER be put in the recycling bin or EnergyBag orange bag? Only alkaline batteries can go in your trash cart. All other batteries should go through the Ada County Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Yard Waste

All yard waste must fit inside Hardin Sanitation provided cart(s). Should you wish to create tied bundles, you’re welcome to do so, but it is no longer mandatory as tree/brush trimmings will be contained in your cart(s). Bagged soft organic garden material, grass clippings and leaves can also be placed in your trash cart, but please do not put sod, dirt or rocks in any container.

Fall Leaf Recycling

Hardin Sanitation fall leaves trash bags.

During the first 4 weeks of November, please set out leaves in customer supplied Kraft paper bags on your normal trash collection day.

Please no leaves in plastic bags or customer-owned cans. Only leaves in Kraft paper bags will be collected as part of this annual November recycling program.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Natural Christmas trees without lights, ornaments, tinsel, stands and flocking maybe set out for collection the first two weeks after Christmas. Cut trees and branches into 4 foot pieces and place curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day.

Carry-Out Service

Residential customers who qualify under the American with Disabilities Act may receive free carry-out service. This service is also available to other for an extra monthly charge. To order carry-out service, call Ada County Billing at 208-577-4710.

Unaccepted – Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste is not allowed in any Hardin Sanitation container or truck. Please take these items to the Adan County Landfill Hazardous Waste Drop Off location.

Ada County Landfill Hazardous Waste Drop Off Location Accepted Materials include: CFL bulbs, computer monitors, florescent tubes, gasoline, herbicides, oil, paint pesticides, stain, televisions, varnish, and vehicle batteries. For the most up-to-date list of materials and disposal instructions visit the Ada County Landfill website.

Ada County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Ada County Landfill
10300 Seaman’s Gulch Rd
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-577-4736

Unaccepted – Prohibited Material

Prohibited materials include ammunition, biomedical waste, explosives, and radioactive items not allowed in any Hardin Sanitation container or truck. DO NOT place loose sharps (needles, syringes, lancets) in the trash or recycling containers. For information on proper disposal, call the Environmental Compliance Coordinator at the Ada County Landfill at 208-577-4736.

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