Waste Collection

The City of Frankfort Division of Solid Waste provides waste collection services for residential units not exceeding 8 units per plot.

City personnel will empty containers according to a regular schedule.


Wheeled trash and recycle containers with an approximate capacity of 64 or 96 gallons shall be provided by the city to each dwelling unit qualifying for residential service at no initial cost.

Dispose of your garbage in the container provided by the City of Frankfort. Make sure the lid is closed, without packing your garbage too tightly. 

These containers are the property of the City and are assigned to the dwelling unit. Damaged or stolen containers will be replaced upon request. The property owner is responsible for keeping the container clean.


Containers must be at your curbside the night before or by 7 a.m. on your scheduled service day and removed from the public right of way that evening.

For collection, place the container as close as possible to the curb or roadside, not on the street. Make sure the container is at least 3 feet from:

  • Light posts
  • Mailboxes
  • Parked cars
  • Trees

The handle and lid hinge should face your residence. Please ensure the lid is closed to prevent damage to cart(s).

If physical conditions at your residence prohibit proper cart placement, please contact Solid Waste to discuss additional options.

Requesting a Different Size Cart

The property owner may exchange the trash cart for a cart of a different size upon payment of a $75 service charge to the City. Changing the size of the recycle cart is no cost.

Property owners requesting to switch their roll-out cart size at curbside may do so at any time by contacting the Public Works Department. The property owner must pay the $75 service charge with either check, cash, or credit card (2.95% fee charged for credit card payments). Once the request is received, Solid Waste personnel will deliver the replacement cart and remove the existing cart on the regularly scheduled collection day.

Payments can be made in person at:

Public Works Department
City Hall
315 W Second Street
Frankfort, KY 40602

Payments can also be mailed to:

City of Frankfort
Attention: Public Works
P.O. Box 697
Frankfort, KY 40602

When mailing, please include information details such as:

  • Address
  • Cart size request (64 or 96-gallon)
  • Name
  • Phone number

Credit card payments may be taken over the phone. Please contact Public Works at 502-352-2088.

New property owners may request a one-time cart change out within the first 30 days of new ownership at no cost. New property owners should contact Public Works at 502-352-2088 to schedule a cart exchange.

Public Safety

  • All boxes need to be broken down, and placed in your cart for pick up.
  • Containers must be at your curbside the night before or by 7 a.m. on your scheduled service day and removed from the public right of way that evening.
  • Curbside refuse should not impede pedestrian walkways or public through-fares.
  • Refuse collection can be hazardous. Make sure that children stay clear of curbside refuse and collection trucks.

Report a Concern

Citizens may report concerns, such as missed service, cart concern or violation concern, to the department. In addition, citizen may contact Public Works at 502-352-2088.

Violation Notices

Whenever garbage is put out in violation of City of Frankfort Solid Waste Ordinance, Chapter 50, the City may issue a Notice of Violation. This notice will give the property owner 5 business days to remedy the situation.

If, after 5 business days, the violation still exists the City will send employees to effect compliance and the property owner liable for the reasonable value of labor and materials in remedying the situation as determined by the Director of Public Works.