Sanitation Department

The City of Ellis provides city collection for garbage & trash (solid waste), household waste, grass clippings, but not hazardous wastes  Household hazardous wastes must be disposed at the Ellis County Hazardous Waste site on announced dates of collection.

Garbage and trash shall consist of waste normally produced by a household or commercial enterprise, but shall not consist of or include any barrels, furniture, bedding, appliances and similar objects; rock, concrete, glass crockery and other mineral refuse; dirt, earth and waste from building operations, wash rack residue and solid waste resulting from industrial processes and manufacturing operations, such as food processing waste, oil or house cinders, lumber scraps and shavings, fireplace ashes or ashes consisting of residue from fire used for cooking or for heating materials or other objects lawfully burned on the premises. 

Tree limbs and brush of a small diameter may be placed in approved containers provided that it is cut in such lengths that it may be placed therein and a lid placed on the container.  All other tree limbs or brush shall be bound together by the use of some material and shall be in lengths of no greater than four feet.  Tree limbs and brush bound in such manner shall be considered as items subject to a special pick-up charge as herein before provided

All commercial enterprises introducing volumes of cardboard into the city solid waste disposal system shall break down and bundle such cardboard into bundles with exterior dimensions not to exceed three inches per side.  Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the cardboard being ineligible for pick-up.

TRASH COLLECTION PERIOD.  Trash is collected once per week in the residential district and business district. Businesses can request trash be collected more frequently if required.   See map at right for weekly collection day.

GRASS COLLECTION PROGRAM.  The city has a grass collection program whereby the residence rents a yard waste cart from the city for a monthly fee.  The resident then places grass and yard waste (no foreign material or brush) in the yard waste cart.  The yard waste is then collected each Monday from April thru September.  The resident stores the cart in the off-season.   
SERVICE CHARGES.   All residences or locations within the limits of the city which do not utilize a dumpster and all residences or locations outside the limits of the city which receive refuse removal service from the City but do not utilize a dumpster shall be required to use a trash polycart provided by the City.  The fee for providing weekly pick-up sanitation service to residences or locations which do not utilize a dumpster, and where the weekly pick-up consist of the picking up of trash and garbage normally produced by a household or commercial enterprise as defined above, shall be as follows:
        (1)     For single person residences located within the city limits, $19.00 per month.
        (2)     For residences of more than one person and/or commercial enterprises located within the city limits, $21.00 per month.
        (3)    For residential collection located outside of the city limits, $24.00 per month.
        (4)    For commercial enterprises located outside the city limits, $24.00 per month.
        (5)     Additional cart rental for a second or subsequent trash cart located at any of the above locations, $6.00 per month.
        (6)    Grass cart rental during the months of April through September shall be $1.00 per month.
        Two or more individuals or businesses located at different addresses share a dumpster, each such business or individual shall pay the applicable rates as set forth below.  The fee for the pick-up of garbage and trash from dumpsters utilized by residences and single business entities shall be as follows:
  (1)   For dumpsters located within the city limits, $37.00 per month for once a week pick-up.
  (2)   For dumpsters located outside of the city limits, $39.00 per month for once a week pick-up.
  (3)    Additional pick-up days for dumpsters may be scheduled, at the cost of $37.00 per additional weekly pick-up for dumpsters located within the city limits and $39.00 for dumpsters located outside of the city limits.

Charges for Special Pick-Up.  If the city is requested to pick-up and dispose of items which are not within the definition of garbage and trash as herein defined, the public works director of the city or a person designated by the public works director shall determine whether such item or items will be picked-up or disposed of.  If such item is picked-up, the following charges and fees shall apply:

(1)    A minimum charge of $10.00 will be made.   If the total weight of the item or material picked-up exceeds 200 pounds, the charge shall be $10.00 plus $0.05 per pound in excess of 200 pounds.

(2)    For appliances which are tagged and certified as being Freon free, the charge shall be $10.00 plus $0.05 per pound in excess of 200 pounds plus $10.00.

(3)    Appliances which are not tagged and certified as being Freon free, a charge of $10.00 plus $0.05 per pound in excess of 200 pounds plus $25.00.

(4)    Car tires, a charge of $2.00 each; truck tires, a charge of $6.00 each and tractor/implement tires, a charge of $20.00 each.

All residences and commercial enterprises located within the limits of the city which subscribe to any city service shall be required to accept and pay for sanitation pick-up as provided by the city and pursuant to the rate schedule as herein set forth and as may be changed from time to time.

The charges for for trash collection and disposal shall be made at the same time and in the same manner as the charges for other utility services.  Such charges are due and payable at the same time and place as charges for all other utility services.

Requests for special pickup are made by contacting City Clerk Office at (785)726 4812.  Questions or concerns regarding sanitaiton collection should be reported the the Public works Department, (785)726 4741 during regular hours (Monday through Friday 8-5) or by email ellispw@eaglecom.net
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