Garbage & Recycling


The Town Board voted on October 17, 2017 to switch to automated collection for refuse and recycling. Automated collection is not a new concept in public works. In fact, there are a number of communities in the area that have the same collection method for safety and efficiency reasons.

2019 Recycling Calendar


What is automated trash and recycling collection?

Automated pickup is the most advanced collection system available today.  Automated collection is a system where waste is placed in a cart then emptied using a mechanical arm on the collection vehicle, instead of workers lifting and emptying cans or bags by hand. Automated collection service involves waste being picked up by one single driver per truck.

How will residential automated collection services work?

Each home will be supplied with one garbage and one recycling collection cart on wheels.  Carts would be set out the night before your collection day. Residents must ensure that the carts are set out in their proper location roadside and accessible by the automated collection vehicles.

Why change from the existing manual trash collection system?

Studies have found the automated collection system compared with the manual collection systems provide a safe and more attractive neighborhood and create a safe and healthy work environment for collection laborers. Due to the design of the cart, residents will find that they have less litter, odor and pest problems because the durable lid always remains on the cart. Also, automated carts are convenient, easy to roll, and extremely durable. 

Benefits of Automated Collection


  • Reduction in litter.
  • Reduced rodent and pest problems.
  • Eliminates the need for multiple trash cans and recycling bins.
  • No lifted heavy bags or cans.
  • Lids are attached to bins and will not blow away after collection.

Collection Workers:

  • Reduces the potential for workplace injury.
  • Increased efficiency allows more to be done in one shift.


  • Automated carts encourage more recycling; thus reducing amount of landfill waste.
  • Reduction in waste going to landfill reduces the volume of greenhouse gases produced.
  • Less collection truck traffic placing heavy loads on local streets.

PLEASE NOTE: When your garbage day falls within the week of a holiday, everyone who normally has their pick-up on that holiday, and everyone after the holiday during that week, will be delayed one day for pick-up.


Buchanan uses Single Stream Recycling. This means that all recycling can be placed in one recycling container (paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin, plastic and glass may now be mixed together).

Please help to keep your neighborhood clean by following these rules and helpful hints:

  • Your garbage and recyclables must be out by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. If you are late, Advanced Disposal will not return to retrieve your garbage.
  • Be sure to bag packing materials such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.Make sure that your garbage and recyclables are on the same side of the street close to each other. Advanced Disposal is using one truck to pick up your recycling and garbage all at once. NOTE: Yard waste is the only thing that should be placed on the opposite side of your driveway away from your weekly garbage.
  • Large over sized items and appliances require stickers that need to be purchased at the Town Hall. You will then be added to the list for the next large item and appliance pick up.
  • Recycling is mandatory and if it is mixed with regular trash, it can be refused to be picked up.
  • Cardboard should be cut into pieces no larger than 2' x 2', then placed in with all other recycling.

For further information on waste services offered by the Town please see one of the sub-pages to the left.  If you have any questions, please call the Town of Buchanan at 920-734-8599 or Advanced Disposal Services toll free at: (800) 279-1930.