Refuse Collection

Residential Service

The City of Hays provides trash and recycling service to residential customers located within the City limits of Hays.

The City of Hays does not offer collection services for commercial or industrial customers. This service is provided by private trash haulers. These businesses can be found on the Yellow Pages website on the Trash Haulers page.


Hays Trash Routes Opens in new windowTrash and recycling collection is divided into 5 routes with once-a-week pick-up, and both are collected on the same day. Please refer to the Trash Route (PDF) for your collection day or call 785-628-7350 to determine your day for solid waste collection.

Types of Receptacles

The City of Hays provides 1 receptacle (polycart) for trash. This receptacle will be marked to identify that you are a City customer. There is an additional cost for additional receptacles. To obtain an additional receptacle please contact the City Clerk's office at 785-628-7300. These receptacles are owned by the City of Hays; please leave them at the residence if you move.


  • $19.52 per month per unit
  • Additional $9.76 per month, if another polycart is needed

Please contact the City Clerk's Office at 785-628-7300 for rates on multi-family dwellings or any other billing questions.

Using Your Trash Container Properly

All trash must be bagged in plastic trash bags and tied securely. 

Place trash bags in the alley or at curbside (depending on where you live) where normal solid waste collection occurs. Trash bags must be placed in receptacles. Bulk items can be collected for a fee through a "Special Collection". Contact the Solid Waste Division for more information at 785-628-7350.