Holiday Week Garbage Collection Schedules

Every year when special holidays come around, and the City of Opelika offices are closed, garbage collection schedules for that holiday week will change as well.  As a reminder of these schedule changes, the City places “holiday garbage schedules” up on our website, on our Facebook pages, on the local radio stations, and in both the OA News and the Opelika Observer. Unfortunately, the City inevitably receives phone calls from folks from each garbage collection route who didn’t know that the holiday schedule would affect their pick up schedule for that week. We hope to alleviate some of this confusion for you by letting you know the scheduled holidays when garbage collection schedules will change. Please note that not everyone's garbage schedule will change during every holiday week.

Holidays the City of Opelika Offices Always Observe

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King / Robert E. Lee Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving (City offices are closed 2 days for this Holiday)
  • Christmas (City offices are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

How Garbage Pick-Up Schedules Are Set During Holidays

The City of Opelika divides our community up into four different sections for the purposes of garbage collection. Each of the four sections is assigned a specific day for garbage collection. Garbage collection days are Mondays through Thursdays throughout most of the year. However, during Holiday weeks, schedules can change.

When the Holiday Falls on a Monday

Everyone’s garbage collection day will be one day later, i.e. Monday’s routes will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday’s routes on Wednesday, Wednesday’s routes on Thursday, and Thursday’s routes on Friday.

When the Holiday Falls on a Tuesday

  • Monday’s route remains the same
  • Tuesday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday
  • Wednesday’s route will be picked up on Thursday
  • Thursday’s route will be picked up on Friday

When the Holiday Falls on a Wednesday

  • Monday and Tuesday’s routes remain the same
  • Wednesday’s routes will be picked up on Thursday
  • Thursday’s routes will be picked up on Friday

When the Holiday Falls on a Thursday

  • Monday’s route remains the same
  • Tuesday’s route remains the same
  • Wednesday’s route remains the same
  • Thursday’s route will be picked up on Friday

When the Holiday Falls on a Friday

All garbage routes run on their regular days.

When the City Takes Two Days Off for a Holiday (Thanksgiving & Christmas)

Usually, only the day of the actual holiday will be affected, unless the City of Opelika puts out a press release otherwise.

We hope this will help you plan your weekly schedules for the holiday schedules in Opelika. If you have any questions about any particular holiday, please feel free to call the Department at 334-705-5480.