Public Works

City of Tonawanda
Department of Public Works
 Superintendent Joseph L. Warthling, Jr.
150 Fillmore Ave., Tonawanda, NY  14150
Phone: (716) 695-1376   Fax: (716) 692-6747
Email: Public Works


The Department of Public Works will provide a safe, clean, and efficient operation that maintains streets, sidewalks, and sewers within the city’s right-of-way.  We provide a refuse and recycling operation, react to resident’s inquiries, and respond to all weather-related conditions.

Tonawanda, New York - Code of Ordinances / Chapter 50 - SOLID WASTE

Click Here for the 2020 SEASONAL SUMMER JOB FLYER
Click Here to print a Seasonal Application
Click Here for a returning Seasonal Application


GARBAGE - Click here for recent Garbage Collection Flyer

 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - Garbage will not be collected on any of the following holidays: 

         New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Garbage pickup will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week following the holiday.

 BULK GARBAGE - Bulk waste material pick-up is limited to quantities of four (4) cubic yards (3'x3'x12') per property, with a maximum of two pick-ups per month.  Bulk garbage is picked up weekly on your garbage day.  Do not put out more than 24 hours in advance.

LATEX PAINT - How to dispose of latex paint

RECYCLING – Recycling Tote pickup calendar (2020-2021)

Your recycling tote will be picked up every other week in accordance with the "Blue" or "Red" designated color for your neighborhood.  Please click above to see the calendar for your pick up weeks.  If you do not know if you are Blue or Red, click here for color coded street flyer.
Click here for current Recycling Guide  


  • Plastic bags are not recyclable
  • Styrofoam is not recyclable
  • Only recycle CLEAN food containers [plates, cups, window glass, toys, aluminum, plastic wrap, pots and pans, oil containers, etc. are not recyclable]


Totes can be ordered at Tonawanda City Hall (8:30am-4:30pm M-F).  The cost is $50.00 per tote.  Your tote will be delivered to your home following your next garbage collection.    


 TIRES - Residents Only

  • Tires are not collected at curbside
  • Drop off at DPW – 150 Fillmore   Ave.        Monday  - Friday between 7am-3pm
  • Passenger Car  13",  14", 15", 16"  $1.00 fee
  • Light Trucks - up to 22"  $5.00 fee
  • Tire With Rim  $5.00 fee
  • Any tire in excess of 22" will not be accepted

  • Not collected by the City
  • Take to place of purchase or call (716) 858-6370 Hazardous Waste Information
HAZARDOUS WASTE (see below for Erie County collection dates)

  • The City does not accept hazardous waste products [oil paints & thinners, car batteries, pesticides, motor oil, antifreeze, etc.]
  • Contact (716) 858-6370 for further info – Erie County Hazardous Waste


If you would like to report a complaint or request rodent baiting services, please contact the Erie County Department of Health Rabies, Disease & Vector Control at (716) 961-6800.

Elimination and Prevention of Rats
Rodent Control

Erie County ELECTRONIC Recycling through Sunnking for 2020

Items acceptable for recycling and/or disposal: Televisons (tube and/or flat screen) - limit of two (2) per vehicle, CPUs [Hard Drive], CRTs or Monitors, Keyboards, Mouse, Printers

 *Note:  Participants will be required to verify that computers are generated by households.  No commercial or industrial waste.

 Erie County HAZARDOUS WASTE Collection Dates for 2020

May 30, 2020 - Southtowns  9am - 1pm  CANCELLED
June 27, 2020 - Northtowns  9am -1pm                                

Residents will be required to pre-register to attend a collection event.
Pre-registration can be made on-line or by phone beginning 30 days prior to each event.
(716) 858-6800

PLEASE NOTE:  Specific location and times will be provided at the time of pre-registration, which will be required on-line or by phone beginning 30 days prior to each event. Each collection event is open to all Erie County residents. These events will provide proper disposal of hazardous items that should not be disposed of in the regular garbage at no cost.

Acceptable Items:
  • Pesticides, Fertilizers, Pool & Household Chemicals / Cleaners
  • Oil-Based Paints, Spray Cans
  • Gasoline, Kerosene, Antifreeze
  • Paint Thinner, Strippers & Solvents
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Mercury - Thermometers, Thermostats
  • Small Propane Cylinders (1 lb.)
  • Fire Extinguishers
Unacceptable Items:
  • Latex Paints
  • Tires
  • Light Bulbs
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Televisions
  • 20 lb. Propane Tanks
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Car Batteries
  • Motor Oil
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Commercial or Industrial Waste