The most common city departments that handle information about local city dump and garbage disposal are the Solid Waste, Public Works and Environmental Services. These departments are usually responsible for disseminating information about city landfill sites, drop-off stations and trash collection.
In most cities and counties, the three departments provide information about anything regarding solid waste management, such as location of drop-off stations for trash and recyclables and schedule of garbage collection and recycling. The departments also indicate the types of garbage or materials that are allowed on certain drop-off or local city dump sites. Some drop-off sites do not accept the disposal of construction materials and may require residents to put some nonyard waste in specific types of bags.
In some cities, such as in the City of Grand Rapids in Michigan, the Public Services Department requires residents to bring a valid ID proving the resident's residency in the city. Nonresidents may use the drop-off facility according to the rules set by the city department.
Most drop-off stations are do-it-yourself facilities. Residents unload the trash or materials inside designated containers or locations. The departments may be contacted for assistance in loading heavy materials, such as furniture, mattresses and heavy equipment. Fees may apply for unloading trash and materials on drop-off stations. The fee depends on the type of materials about to be dumped on the site.