Weekly neighbourhood trash pickups are usually scheduled by the local Department of Public Works or the city's solid waste management authority and are available on the city's website, according to the City of Washington DC and Oklahoma City. Some cities such as Cincinnati show trash pickup schedules through interactive maps.
All houses that are eligible for a weekly trash pickup are notified of their regular trash collection day with instructions specifying the time and location of the pickup, as is the case with the Kansas City Public Works Department. Additional instructions include guidelines about the types of trash that will be accepted and changes to neighbourhood schedules because of national or city holidays. For example, Houston, Texas, operates separate schedules for the pickup of tree waste and bulk waste.
Most U.S. cities specify that household garbage needs to be placed in 30-gallon trash bags or 32-gallon and 96-gallon trash cans that have been issued by the city, according to the Oklahoma City Solid Waste Management Division. Trash is designated for bulk pickup when it exceeds weight and size criteria specified by the city and is usually collected on specific pickup days. For example, the city of Oklahoma schedules bulk waste pickups once a month and levies a processing fee if the volume of the waste exceeds four cubic yards.