Garbage & Trash

Garbage Pick Up

The City contracts with Waste Connections for garbage pickup once a week and charges $8.63 per month for each container. You will be given a blue, wheeled garbage cart. We ask that you bag your garbage (preferably in plastic bags) before placing it in the cart. On the day that your garbage is collected, you will need to roll your cart to the street before 7 am and place it on the curb within eighteen inches (18") of the street (not in the street) with the cart handles facing toward your house (remember Handles to House). Do not place the cart within five feet of any stationary object (mailbox, tree, utility pole, vehicle, etc.)

There are several things we ask you to remember:

  • Do  place your cart at the curb the night before your scheduled service day. 
  • Do not place anything in the cart except household garbage.
  • Do not pile garbage around the cart (even in plastic bags). The truck will not pick it up unless it is in the cart.
  • Do not leave your cart on the curb longer than 24 hours. The City has an ordinance that requires you to keep your cart out of public view on days when it is not being picked up.

If your garbage pick-up is missed, call 892-9306. If you live outside the city limits, call 901-794-3800. View Garbage Pick Up Schedule Map (PDF).

Holidays that affect Garbage Pick up

When a designated holiday occurs on a weekday, household collection occurs one day later than normal for the remainder of the week. The following holidays are designated holidays through the calendar year: 

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Trash (Non-Garbage) Appliances, Furniture, Etc.

The City considers residential trash to be the following: broken-down boxes, attic and garage rubbish, household rubbish, furniture, clothing, wooden fencing (small quantities only), computers, televisions, copy machines, hot water heaters, and appliances. Please note, that freon must be removed from air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers by a licensed technician and tagged by the technician before we can pick them up. Freon is considered hazardous waste. The landfill will not accept appliances without this tag. Refrigerators and freezers must have the doors removed. This trash will be picked up according to the Trash Pick-up Schedule Map (PDF) with the exception of appliances. Appliances are picked up on Fridays only. You must call in advance to notify Public Works to have your appliances pickup. Appliances must be on the curb by 7 am.

Limbs & Heavy Brush Pick-up

The City provides curbside pickup of limbs. Limbs should be no longer than four feet and no bigger than four inches in diameter. Limbs will normally be chipped curbside and hauled away. Heavy brush will be picked up as time permits, at least monthly. City personnel will pick up trees cut by property owners if they are cut to manageable dimensions and placed by the curb or street. The tradesmen or property owners shall remove all trees cut by a hired tradesman.

Leaf Pickup

The City provides curbside pickup of loose leaves from the first of November through the end of March. Leaves should be placed in the yard next to the curb or street. Bagged leaves are picked up year-round. Leaves should be separated from other debris.

Leaf, Limb & Trash Pick-up

Contact Public Works – Street and Sanitation Department at 895-5249 for Pick-up.

Residential Trash Recyclables

The City of Olive Branch supports the recycling of trash by our citizens to be in the best interest of our Nation, our State, and our City. You will be given a recycle bin for your recyclables. Your bin is to be placed on the curb, containing your recyclables, alongside your garbage cart on the same day as your garbage pickup. We strongly urge you to participate in the Recyclables Program.


All recyclables must be empty, clean, and dry. Please do not bag recyclables.

Trash Items Not Picked up by the City

The following items will not be picked up by the City: building materials, roofing, lumber, pallets, fence wire, paint, motor oil, paint cans, oil cans, batteries, tires, caulking tubes, or any hazardous or toxic materials.

The DeSoto County Rubbish Pit is located at 5255 West Sandidge Road in Olive Branch. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday from 7 am to 4 pm. The Rubbish Pit does not accept household garbage, food containers, batteries, paint cans, oil cans, spray cans, freon tanks, propane tanks, or electronics. The Rubbish pit does accept building materials, lumber, roofing, metal, wire, bricks, concrete, washers, dryers, water heaters, lawn mowers, tree limbs, leaves, furniture, and tires. Each citizen can make four free visits to the Rubbish Pit per month. The rubbish pit can be reached at 662-895-9705.

Electronics such as computers, printers, radios, TVs, radio, vacuum cleaners, lamps, etc. can be placed in the E-Waste bin at the City's Fleet Maintenance Shop at 10414 Highway 178. Operating hours are Monday through Friday 7 am to 4 pm. The Shop can be reached at 662-893-5213.

Used Motor Oil can be taken to the County District 1 Eastern Maintenance Barn located at 10947 Highway 178 in Olive Branch. The motor oil should be placed in a sealed plastic 5-gallon or smaller container. This is for public use, not commercial. Gas and paint thinner are also accepted.