Solid Waste Collection in Bowling Green and Warren County

Each residence, business, and industry in Warren County is required to use approved solid waste disposal services. These services are provided through franchises approved by Warren County Fiscal Court with few exceptions: The City of Smiths Grove and Western Kentucky University currently manage contracts for their services.

Residents in the City of Bowling Green are exclusively subscribed to Scott Waste Services. City residents provide up to three of their own waste cans or may rent a 96-gallon cart, which Scott Waste will collect at the resident’s back door or "behind the house". City residents who opt to bring their containers to the curb must return the containers immediately after collection.

Residents in all other franchised areas of Warren County are provided a 96-gallon cart by their solid waste hauler. However, the resident must always bring the container to the curb for collection and retrieve it immediately afterward.

All residential solid waste subscribers receive weekly collection. This includes collection of their solid waste container, as well as oversized items and bulk solid waste, including yard waste. These items also may include furniture, carpet, appliances, and other items.

All oversized item and bulk solid waste should be placed at the curb for collection, . unless specified otherwise by the waste hauler.

Refrigerated appliances must have a tag showing that a certified professional has removed the Freon before collection will occur. By Kentucky law and for safety, doors also must be removed from refrigerators and freezers or otherwise secured.

Yard waste includes grass clippings, sweepings, and prunings from trees and shrubs.

Yard waste must be cut to lengths not exceeding 5 feet and each limb should not be wider than 6 inches. Smaller limbs should be bundled where collection by mechanical means is not employed.

In the City of Bowling Green, brush must be stacked neatly and placed curbside for pickup. A boom truck with a large mechanical arm will pick up the brush, so the brush must be placed in an accessible location away from trees, mailboxes, utility poles, overhead wires, and any other possible obstructions.

Scott Waste will pick up as much as 3 cubic yards of brush. If the homeowner has more that 3 cubic yards of brush, Scott Waste will negotiate a fee with the homeowner prior to disposing of the brush.

Scott Waste will only pick up brush that has been cut or trimmed by the homeowner. Any contractor, landscaper, lawn service, or individual doing the work for the homeowner is required to dispose of all brush themselves.

In other franchised areas outside of the City of Bowling Green, brush must be cut to specifications, tied in bundles, and placed curbside so that the regular route driver can handle them.

Check with your solid waste hauler about how to prepare oversized waste for collection. Collection of oversized and bulk waste should occur on the same day as regular garbage pickup.