NF Cart FAQs



*Please note the following information is for city of Niagara falls residents. Some restrictions may apply. Please call the department of public works with any questions. 716-286-4840

General Information:

What’s the difference between the recycling cart and trash cart?
Recycling cart is larger, is the color green, and holds 96 gallons.
Trash cart is smaller, is the color blue, and holds 64 gallons.

Can I label the carts with my address?
You can use a sticker or duct tape on the cart, but carts cannot be marked permanently.
The carts are the property of the City of Niagara Falls and will stay at the house where they are assigned to. If you move, your carts stay behind.

Do I have to bag my trash or can I still put it in loose?
All trash must be bagged and placed inside the blue 64 gallon cart.

Do I have to bag my recycling or can I put it in loose?
Recyclables cannot be bagged and must be placed loose in the recycling cart.

Collection Information:

Why is recycling collection changing to every other week?
There is a cost savings associated with every other week recycling pickup. It also has the added benefits of reducing the environmental & infrastructure impact compared to having collection vehicles on the street every week.
By changing to a cart based recycling program residents will have a much larger storage capacity than their current recycling bin. Because of this increase there is less need to have it picked up every week.

How will I know what week to put out my recycling?

Please check the “A/B Week” schedule on the left column of the page

Are there any changes to my trash pickup?
Collection days have not changed, trash will continue to be picked up weekly.
Trash will only be collected in the blue 64 gallon cart. If you have excess trash and are at a residential property, a Dump Permit is available at the Department of Public Works (1785 New Road). The cost is $25 per permit – payable by exact cash, money order, or Credit Card (not including an additional small service fee.)

What if I have large bulky items too big to fit in my trash cart?
Three (3) additional items can be placed next to your Blue City issued cart every week for collection. Items can be a combination of bulk items or bagged trash. Residents may also purchase a Refuse Tag bearing the City of Niagara Falls logo, to place up to two (2) additional items, a combination of a bulk item or bagged trash will also be collected weekly. Tags are $5.00 each and come in sheets of five (5) tags per sheet. Tags are available at the Department of Public Works located at 1785 New Rd or the City Clerks’ office (in City Hall) located at 745 Main St. Payment accepted will be credit card (with a small service fee) or money order only.

What do I do with Tires?
Please call your local scrap yard or tire shop.

What do I do with Household Chemicals and Hazardous Items?
Please visit the Niagara County Department of Public Works website to make an appointment at one of their event locations at http:\\

What do I do with Electronics?
The Department of Public Works, 1785 New Road, offers free electronics disposal for residents Monday – Friday.
Electronics are free to drop off as of 1/1/2023 during the hours of 8 am to 4 pm (excluding Holidays) at 1785 New Rd. No voucher is needed. There is no limit.

CART Repairs & Replacement:

Who do I contact if I have an issue with my carts?
Please contact the City of Niagara Falls DPW Department at 286-4840 for all cart related issues.

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