Is There Trash Pickup on Labor Day? Holiday Garbage Collection Schedule

Labor Day is a federal holiday, which means many government services, businesses, and stores will be closed over the long weekend. Many banks will also be closed, as will stock exchanges, public libraries and post offices.

Garbage will not be collected in some states on Labor Day, as the municipal departments in charge of the task will be on holiday on Monday, September 5. Some will postpone garbage collection days, while others will operate as usual.

Many municipalities use private companies to collect garbage for city residents, and each has different policies regarding Labor Day. For simplicity, most of those cities are not mentioned in this story. But NEWSWEEK Do research on cities where rubbish is collected on Labor Day so you don’t have to.

New York City will collect trash on September 5th. If the day of garbage collection is Monday, the authorities advise placing the garbage on the sidewalk on Sunday, September 4, between 4 pm and midnight for collection starting on Monday.

In Houston, there will be no collection service on Labor Day. For three days, the daily garbage collection will be postponed, so on Monday the garbage will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday and Wednesday on Thursday. However, in the city of Austin, garbage will be collected on the federal holiday. San Antonio will postpone Labor Day one-day groups and September 6 groups through September 7.

Garbage in New York City
Garbage bags lie on the street on June 24, 2020 in New York City. The city will be collecting trash on Labor Day this year.
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Workers in Phoenix will pick up trash as usual on Labor Day.

Des Moines, Iowa, will see transportation services postponed by one day through Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday groups will also be delayed by one day.

In Los Angeles and San Antonio, Labor Day groups will slip into Tuesday. Litter collection is different in San Francisco, which works with many garbage collectors.

In Portland, Oregon, most government offices will be closed on Labor Day, but residents are required to enter their home address on the city’s website to see if their local trash company will pick up their trash that day.

In Washington, D.C., Labor Day trash will be collected on Tuesday. Garbage will not be collected in Chicago on Labor Day.

In Oklahoma City, garbage will not be collected on Labor Day. Instead, it will be paid for two days through Wednesday.

Philadelphia Labor Day is a garbage collecting holiday. Services will be delayed one day for the rest of the week. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh also has this policy.