Trash and Recycling

Trash Collection
Republic Services collects trash and recyclables weekly.

Each residence is limited to one 95-gallon bin of trash. You may include small yard waste as long as you do not exceed the limit. If you have more trash than the limit, you may purchase special bags from the City Clerk-Treasurer at City Hall. Ten of these bags, which do not count toward your limit, are $5.00 or $1 each.

Republic Services will not take large piles of construction material, we recommend that you rent a dumpster.

Grass clippings, left in piles, provide harborage for mosquitoes and the decaying grass creates unpleasant odors.  Therefore, the City of Bluffton does not pick up lawn grass clippings.  National Serv All will accept bagged grass clipping with the regular trash collection in the 95-gallon bin.

Trash must be placed at the curb.

Three weeks during each year the contractor will collect an unlimited bags of trash. They are the weeks proceeding Spring and Fall Clean up and the week after Christmas.

Serv-all observes six (6) holidays per year which are:
There are six major holidays that we recognize: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. When one of those six holidays fall on a weekday (Monday thru Friday), we will not work that day, and all service will be performed one day later for that day and the rest of the week. For example: Labor Day is on Monday. All work for that week will be performed one day later – Tuesday thru Saturday. Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday, no change is service schedule. Only when one of the major holidays falls on a weekday is our service schedule changed to one day later.

Recycling Collection
Recyclables, including clear and colored glass, metal cans, aluminum foil, aluminum foil pans, #1 through #7 plastics, cardboard, newspaper, magazines and paper may be placed in your blue and yellow recycling cart.

Pickup Days:
Monday:
All homes north of the Wabash River.

Tuesday: 
All homes south of the Wabash River, west of the center line of Wayne Street, and north of the center line of Wiley Avenue.

Wednesday: 
All homes south of the center line of Wiley Avenue and west of the center line of Wayne Street. Also, all homes east of the center line of Wayne Street.

If you feel you have been missed or have a damaged cart that needs replaced, contact us.

Wells County maintains a dropoff recycling center at 702 West Wabash. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. You can contact the Recycling Center at (260) 824-4828. For information on what is accepted click here.

LARGE ITEM PICKUP
Large items of no value may be disposed of by purchasing a sticker at the Clerk-Treasurer’s office. Items with stickers affixed will be collected at the same time as your weekly trash pickup.

Sticker prices are as follows:

$15 – Refrigerator, freezer, stove, washer, dryer, sofa, couch, love seat, mattress, box springs, chair, large microwave, water heater,  and other items requiring two persons to lift.

$5 – Miscellaneous items that can be lifted by one person.

Appliances must have coolant or refrigerants removed before they can be discarded with the household trash.  The proper stickers must be on those appliances certifying that they are refrigerant-free.

Our trash contractor will not collect propane cylinders or tanks, construction or demolition material or tires. Tires may be taken to local tire dealerships.
Landfills
Wells County does not have a landfill. The nearest landfills are:
Jay County Landfill at 5825 West 400 South, Portland
National Serv-All at 6231 MacBeth Road, Fort Wayne