Sanitation & Recycling

Regular Trash Pickup

The City of Parkersburg’s residential sanitation pickup is on a weekly schedule, operating by zones within the city limits. To see the Scheduled Pickup Day for a particular area, click on the map below.

Sanitation Pickup Map PDF (note: this schedule changed effective March 4, 2024. Please see update below.

Parkersburg Waste & Recycling does take all residential waste placed at the curb; however, please keep the following in mind.

  • If the container is larger than 30 gallons, the refuse must be bagged. The container or bag should not weigh more than 45 lbs.
  • Sharps/needles must be disposed of in a plastic jug or bottle with a lid. The filled jug must then be disposed of in your trash, NOT the recycle bin.
  • A maximum of 10 tires per year per household can be brought to the Collection Center with proper ID and proof of payment of sanitation bill.
  • Bulky items, such as furniture, appliances, and electronics may be set on the curb with your trash. A box truck will come around after your trash pickup to collect these large items.
Parkersburg Waste & Recycling cannot take car batteries, motor oil, or wet paint. Please click here to see ways to dispose of these items.

Recycling Pickup

The City of Parkersburg operates one of the largest municipal Recycling Centers in West Virginia. The pickup of recycling materials coincides with your regular trash pickup schedule.

Recycling materials may also be dropped off at the collection center.

Sanitation & Recycling Schedule Changes: Effective Monday, March 4, 2024, Friday pickups have moved to Thursday.

This change aims to improve efficiency in waste collection and recycling processes, allowing us to better serve you and maintain a cleaner and healthier environment for our city. We understand that changes in routines can be an adjustment, but we believe that this modification will contribute to a more effective and sustainable waste management system.

Here are the key details of the updated pickup schedule:
▶️ Trash & Recycling Collection: Monday through Thursday
▶️ New Pickup Day for Friday: Thursdays

We now offer expanded hours for waste and recycling collections Monday through Thursday. Starting at 4:00 am. Our team works diligently to ensure that pickups are completed promptly. We ask that all city residents have trash and recycling out to the curb by 4:00 am to ensure an orderly pickup. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this schedule adjustment, please feel free to reach out to our Division of Waste and Recycling office at (304) 424-8570. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of Parkersburg.

2024 Holiday Pickup Schedule

When a Holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, trash pickup will follow the regular pickup schedule.

When a Holiday falls during the week (Monday through Friday), trash pickup will follow the following schedule:

January 1
New Years Day - No trash pickup and one day behind following the holiday
January 15
MLK Day - Normal trash pickup.
February 19
President’s Day - Normal trash pickup
May 14
Primary Election Day - Normal trash pickup
May 27
Memorial Day - No trash pickup and one day behind following the holiday.
June 19
Juneteenth Day - Normal trash pickup.
June 20
WV Day - Normal trash pickup.
July 4
Independence Day- No trash pickup and one day behind following the holiday.
Sept. 2
Labor Day - No trash pickup and one day behind following the holiday.
Oct. 14
Columbus Day- Normal trash pickup.
Nov. 5
General Election Day - Normal trash pickup.
Nov. 11
Veterans Day- Normal trash pickup.
Nov. 28
Thanksgiving Day- No trash pickup and one day behind following the holiday.
Nov. 29
Normal trash pickup, plus pickups for November 28
Dec. 24
Christmas Eve - Normal trash pickup.
Dec. 25
No trash pickup and one day behind following the holiday.

Curb Exempt (CE) Sticker

If a resident is unable to take their trash/recycling materials to the designated pickup spot (curb, back alley, etc.) they must have their doctor fax a note to the City of Parkersburg’s Sanitation Department stating the resident should be Curb Exempt, the resident’s address and where the trash will be located at the address. Fax doctor's note, including residence address to 304-424-3969.