Olean Department of Public Works

Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste Pickup

For any questions, please contact the DPW office at 716-376-5651.


Refuse is collected weekly (click here for Refuse Collection Schedule Map).

Refuse must be placed to curb by 7AM on the day of your pickup.

The City uses a sticker use system for refuse pickup. A sticker must be placed on each bag or you can use a 30-gallon garbage can. Put bags in the can and place one 30-gallon sticker on the top item in the can.

Sticker prices are as follows:

Stickers are available at the following locations:

2019 Holiday Refuse Pickup Schedule

New Year's Day:
Monday on schedule
Tuesday-Friday one day later
Memorial Day: One day later (all week)
Independence Day:
Monday-Wednesday on schedule
Thursday-Friday one day later
Labor Day: One day later (all week)
Thanksgiving Day:
Monday-Wednesday on schedule
Thursday-Friday one day later
Christmas Day 2019:
Monday-Tuesday on schedule
Wednesday-Friday one day later

This covers large metal appliances, i.e. washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator, hot water tank, etc. The City offers a curbside pickup of these items four times a year in January, April, July, and October. The fee is $25 for the first item and $15 for each additional item. You must register and pay in advance of each pickup.

The City does not have a regular schedule for large item disposal, i.e. mattresses, furniture, televisions, etc. Residents looking to dispose of these types of items will need to transport them to a Cattaraugus County Transfer Station. The County has their own fee schedule for disposal of such items.  Please call Cattaraugus County DPW at 938-9111 or the Transfer Station at 372-6298 for details.


The Yard Waste Disposal Site located at the corner of Front Street & Seneca Avenue is officially closed.  The City is no longer opening the facility. We are, instead, offering curbside pickup - six times per year. It will be the last Wednesday of each month - April through September.

***Yard Waste is NOT affected by the Holiday Schedule***

Recycling your waste is easy! Conveniently dispose of grass. leaves, limbs and other brush on your property with no additional fee for collection.

Collection Schedule

Yard Waste Rules

(see www.zerosort.com for more details)

Recycling should be placed at curb the same day as your refuse. There is no charge for recyclables to be picked up. However, they will only be picked up if you have stickered garbage out with it.

Acceptable Not Acceptable
  • Cardboard: Cereal Boxes, Pasta Boxes, Shoe Boxes, Pizza Boxes
  • Paper: Newspapers, Junk Mail, Envelopes, Catalogs, Soft Cover Books, Telephone Books, Brown Bags, Magazines and Inserts
  • Plastic: Containers #1-#7 (Milk Jugs, Bleach Detergent, Shampoo  Bottles, etc.)
  • Glass: Bottles and Containers (Any color)
  • Cans: Aluminum, Tin, Steel Containers, (Pie Plates/Trays/Foil)
  • Window Glass, Mirrors and Light Bulbs
  • Dishes, Pyrex, Ceramics
  • Foam Packaging, Styrofoam, Plastic Bags
  • Recyclables containing Food Waste, Paint or Oils
  • Hazardous Material or Universal Waste


Banner Rules and Regulations
Street Light Outage?
Consumer Confidence Report (pdf)
Property Owner Rental Agreement
Waste & Recycling 2012
Seasonal Information
Request for Proposals
Permit Fee Schedule
Wastewater Master Plan (pdf)