Is There Garbage Pickup On Memorial Day 2017?

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Memorial Day falls on May 29, 2017 this year and many places are closed. Some offices are shut down, along with schools; most banks are closed and mail is on hold as well. So, what is the deal with garbage and recycling pickups?

Many garbage disposal companies will not be running. For example, reports that their holiday schedule includes Memorial Day and recommends that people put out their garbage after 4 p.m. on the evening of the holiday, for collection beginning the next day. For other communities, garbage removal may not occur until the next cycle day. For example, Memphis, Tennessee is pushing collection to Tuesday. As for regular Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday pick up, those days will not be affected by the holiday.

On the other hand, there are some areas in the U.S. that are conducting a normal trash collection service. According to, garbage trucks in the following Greater New Orleans areas will be running as usual:

New Orleans
Jefferson Parish
Grand Isle
St. Bernard
St. Charles Parish
St. John the Baptist Parish

When it comes to recycling schedules, this definitely depends on your county, but many organizations are following the same guidelines. For example, Minneapolis MN reports that if your trash or recycling pickup falls on or just after a holiday when they are closed, pickup will be one day late. This means that collection will take place the following day, just like trash day.

So, what else is open or closed on Memorial Day? Here’s our easy go-to list:

Schools – closed
Banks – mainly closed
Mail – closed
Stock Market – closed
Supermarkets and stores – open

Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday of May each year and it is designated as a federal holiday. Some also use the day to celebrate the unofficial first day of summer and to celebrate with loved ones.

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