Trash & Recycling

The Sanitation Division's primary responsibility is to collect and dispose of or recycle all solid waste in the City of Norman in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Seasonal Clean-Up

City of Norman 2024 Residential Spring Clean-Up




The recent demand for compost unexpectedly depleted our inventory . We are expanding our cure rows to work towards year round inventory. Cure temperatures dictate release dates. Watch press releases or simply call for daily status. Thank you for your patience. 


The compost is located at the City of Norman’s Compost Facility, which is located south of Highway 9 between Jenkins and Chautauqua at 398 Bratcher Miner Rd.  Citizens with questions concerning the compost release may call the Compost Facility at 405-366-5399 or the Sanitation Division at 405-329-1023. Open Monday thru Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM  On Saturday’s 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM, April to September. 

Helpful Information

What is my pickup day?

You can find your pickup day online here. Simply put your address in the search field and check the boxes that apply.

How do I get a second cart?

Call Sanitation services at (405) 329-1023. A second cart is $7 per month with a three month minimum.

How do I get my big trash picked up?

Bulky collection is scheduled Saturdays twice per month. The specific Saturdays of collection are based on demand. Bulky collection is $25. For more information, call Sanitation services at (405) 329-1023.

Twice during the year, we provide a city-wide cleanup. One cleanup is in the spring, and one is in the fall. Watch the City of Norman website or Facebook page for details. You can also sign up to receive Norman News via email. 

Can you take my refrigerator?

Yes, we can take your refrigerator, if it is certified as Freon free. The $25 bulky waste fee applies if we pick up the refrigerator or you can take it to the Transfer Station for $12.

Where can I take my extra trash?

You can take your trash to the transfer station located at 3901 S. Chautauqua from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The fee is $13 for up to 600 pounds for City of Norman residents with a copy of their current City of Norman Utility bill, either paper or mobile accepted. Non-residents will be $20 up to 600 pounds.

I want to recycle more. What do I do?

There are three satellite recycle drop-off locations in Norman.

  • Hollywood Shopping Center - McGee and Lindsey
  • 2420 Westport Drive by the Westwood Pool 
  • Fire Station #9 – 3001 E. Alameda

and the main hub recycling center is located at the transfer station, 3901 S. Chautauqua Road. You can find additional Recycling Guidelines HERE

What if my trash or recycling cart was not picked up?

On rare occasions we may be late providing service due to weather or unusual volumes being collected.  We typically continue to collect from trash carts until dark.  Trash carts not serviced will be collected the next day.  You can give us a call as soon as possible during business hours at 329-1023 or send an e-mail to

Where should I place my carts? Should the front of the cart face the curb?

Place your cart at the edge of your lawn, no more than three feet from the curb, three feet from other carts, and with the opening towards the street. Be sure to place your cart away from mailboxes, cars, and any other objects.

Inclement weather is expected for the Clean Up day. Will you still pick up my household items?

There are only a few situations in which we would not pick up household items on a scheduled Spring or Fall Clean Up day and those include imminent tornado threat or extreme icy conditions. 

I want to see the calendar that shows the recycling collection weeks.

Recycling is collected every other week on the same day as your trash collection day.  You can type in your address for Solid Waste Pick Up Day, Yard Waste Pick Up Day, or Recycle Pick Up Day at the following LINK

Click on the Search Button which looks like a magnifying glass under the appropriate tab once you are at the site. 

Once you determine whether you are an "A" or "B" route, there is a calendar on the Recycle tab of the map which shows the breakdown of A and B weeks.  

What about Household Hazardous Waste?

Learn more about disposal options for Household Hazardouse Waste in Norman here:

Can batteries be recycled?


Rechargeable batteries are in high demand for all kinds of products. Unfortunately, these batteries do not last forever. While readily available replacement batteries keep our devices going, the question remains:  how can we responsibly dispose of the batteries we no longer need?

Did you know multiple fires, each day, are started because of overcharged or improperly charged batteries?  According to a 2021 report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that between the years of 2013 and 2020, there were 245 fires at 64 different waste collection facilities across the country.    The danger is real, and the consequences can be swift. Batteries can erupt in mere seconds, leaving little time for reaction. Here is a video describing what happens when batteries catch fire from overcharging: Learning How to Combat Lithium-Ion Battery Fires: What You Need to Know (

The solution to combatting these unfortunate events is to dispose of batteries properly instead of tossing them into the trash or continuing to charge batteries in hopes they might hold a charge.  The risk is too much and the outcome could be devastating.

The City of Norman offers a convenient, responsible disposal solution for most batteries: the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 3803 Chatauqua Avenue. Here, you can safely dispose of a wide range of used batteries, promoting a greener and safer community. We can accept a variety of battery types, including the following:

  • Alkaline batteries
  • Lithium batteries
  • Nickel Cadmium batteries (cordless phone batteries, power tool batteries, etc.)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride batteries (camera batteries, 2- way radio batteries, etc.)
  • Lead Acid batteries

Currently, we are unable to accept swollen or damaged lithium batteries due to the potential risk of explosion and fire. If you have such batteries for disposal, we recommend contacting Batteries + Bulbs at 2401 West Main Street, reachable at (405) 455-7587. We recommend contacting the business ahead of time to determine if there are any fees associated with their service

Sanitation Division

Need more information? Visit the Sanitation Division webpage.