The Town of Atoka offers residential solid waste collection community-wide as a service to our residents. The curbside collection, provided under contract with Republic Services, offers convenient, cost-effective trash service that is billed directly on existing utility accounts.
Regular collection occurs for all Atoka residents on Mondays beginning at 6 a.m. Please be sure that your can is available curbside for collection by 6 a.m. on Monday morning.
Customers can report a damaged trash can, request an additional can, request new service, report a missed collection or arrange for a yard waste pick up anytime online through our Citizen Service Center. All of these issues can also be reported by calling (901) 837-5300.
Savings to our Customers
With more than 2,000 residential customers at the Town's service rate of $15 a month, Atokans will save more than $1 million in trash costs between 2013 and 2018 under the Town's program. By offering the service community-wide, the Town was able to offer the service at a considerable savings over the multiple vendors that were operating in Atoka last year. For each household with single can service, the program will save that household between $95 and $120 each year.
A Clean Atoka...It's In the Bag
Help keep Atoka clean by bagging your trash prior to placing it in the can. Loose papers and small waste items that are not bagged can blow out of the can as it is emptied – littering the streets and clogging the storm water system.
Use of an automated collection system requires your help to keep the service running smoothly and cleanly. All items to be collected must be in a Town-provided can and placed curb-side for collection. When placing your can at the curb, please place the can so the wheels are at the back of the can and the lid opening is facing the street.
Please ensure that all household garbage is placed inside a Town-provided garbage can for collection. Due to the use of automated garbage trucks, household garbage not placed inside the carts will not be collected. Excess household garbage can be stacked inside the cart with the lid propped open. The lid does not have to close for trash to be collected. If needed, additional cans are available for a $10 per can monthly collection fee.
You can also help reduce the amount of household waste you produce by using the recycling collection bins that are provided at the Tipton County Landfill at 8279 Old Highway 51 S in Brighton. Plastics, cardboard and newspaper goods are all accepted for recycling. A regular dump pass is not required to recycle at the landfill.
Bagged grass clippings, leaves, trimmings and branches can be deposited in your garbage can for collection with your regular trash. If your can does not have room for yard waste, properly bagged and bundled yard waste will be collected on-request by the Town. To request collection, simply visit the online Citizen Service Center anytime or call (901) 837-5300 during regular business hours. Upon receiving a request for a pickup, our staff team will contact you to schedule the collection. Yard waste collection will typically occur on Thursday afternoons throughout the year.
As a reminder, tree trimmings and brush clippings must be no longer than five (5) feet in length, no thicker than five (5) inches in diameter and securely tied together for collection. Grass clippings and leaves should be bagged and left curbside for removal by Town crews.
The following are the holidays observed by the trash collection program :
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day*
- Memorial Day*
- Independence Day
- Labor Day*
- Christmas Day
When one of these holidays falls on or is observed on a Monday, trash collection will occur on Tuesday. The three holidays followed by * above always occur on a Monday and will delay trash collection to Tuesday. The other holidays move with the calendar and may either occur or be observed on a Monday. Only if the holiday falls on or is observed on a Monday will the collection schedule be impacted.
There are other holidays throughout the year – Presidents' Day, for example – that fall on a Monday where Town offices are closed but trash collection will occur. The only holidays observed by the trash collection program are those listed above.