The Service Department maintains all of the city's public infrastructure, which includes: Sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water distribution system, trash and recycling collection, streets/alleys, regulatory/wayfinding signage, street lights, traffic/pedestrian signals, sanitation, street trees, boulevards, medians, and park space.
Along with maintaining the City's infrastructure, the Service Department values the natural assets of our community. In turn, it is our goal to provide excellent services in a timely manner to all of the residents, businesses and employees within the city.
In Bexley, all trash, recycling, and yard waste is picked up by Rumpke, and compost is picked up by Innovative Organics Recycling.
Collection time for both service providers begins at 7:00 am on Monday mornings, pending no inclement weather, traffic delays, or holidays. We recommend having your trash, recycling, yard waste, and compost properly placed curbside (or in your alley, if applicable) no later than 7:00 am on Mondays. To see if a holiday will impact waste collection, please visit Rumpke’s website (link). Compost collection runs on the same schedule as Rumpke!
If you have noticed any of your curbside waste was not collected on Monday morning, please contact Bexley’s Service Department at (614) 559-4220, and we will coordinate a pickup with Rumpke or Innovative Organics Recycling directly.
Annually, Bexley residents send tons of material to the Franklin County Landfill. Even more surprising is that nearly 70% of all the material in the landfill could have been recycled or composted.
What Can Be Recycled?
- Paper and cardboard (Please flatten)
- Plastic bottles and jugs (Bottles and jugs that have a small mouth and wider base, such as shampoo bottles, detergent bottles, milk jugs, and soda bottles)
- Glass bottles and jars (All colors accepted)
- Metal cans (remove aerosol tips)
- Cartons (rinse and remove lids)
What Can Not Be Recycled?
- No plastic or foam food containers
- Pizza boxes with leftover food or grease stains (please throw in the trash if this is the case)
- No tanglers (Hoses, wires, chains, clothing, or electronics)
- No plastic bags (Return to retailer for proper disposal!)
- No cups (Coffee, yogurt, or party)
Keep your recycling loose and unbagged! This prevents further complications when being processed.
For more information on recycling in central Ohio, please visit www.recycleright.org (link).
All yard waste should be put in a paper yard waste bag or a receptacle visibly and clearly labeled “yard waste”. If you would like, “Yard Waste” stickers are available at Bexley City Hall for no charge.
Helpful Tips for Yard Waste Collection
- Only place leaves, grass clippings, shrubs, weeds and brush, and twigs out for collection. If additional materials are included, your items will not be collected.
- Yard waste will not be collected if it’s in a loose pile.
- Yard waste can not exceed 50 pounds.
- Planters, stones, rocks, plastic flats, and other similar materials are not considered yard waste. They should be placed in the trash toter.
- Bundle excess amounts of sticks and twigs into separate bags or bins.
We are proud to offer curbside recycling to every household in Bexley! This is a newer service offered to residents, and we encourage every individual and family to participate–it's easy!
Once registered, you will receive 13 liners in your container - use one per week. Place the liner in the container allowing 2" - 3" of the liner to drape over the top of the container. Secure it by tying it off, using a rubber band, or a spring-loaded clip.
Your container does not have to be
full to be set out. Fresh is best! Set out your container at least every other week.
What Can Be Composted?
- Fruit and vegetables
- Meats and fish
- Eggs and other proteins
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Paper towels
- Compostable serviceware
What Can't Be Composted?
- Bulk oils and fats
- Plastic, glass, foil, or metal
- Animal Waste (Of any kind!)
Just remember: "If it grows, it goes!"
The night before pick-up day, remove the container lid and tie a knot in the top of the liner. Replace the lid and set the container, with the liner inside, at the curb for pick-up. Households who normally fill up 90% or more of the container each week can request a second liner so each can be tied off easily.
By 7:00 am on Mondays, place your container on the opposite side of your normal trash, recycling, or yard waste so the other service providers do not confuse it with something they should remove.
To keep your container smelling fresh, an occasional quick cleaning with warm water and dish soap works well. While this isn't required, it will eliminate the possibility of smell in the future.
Available for purchase at Bexley City Hall, we offer residents three sizes of toters at a subsidized cost. We accept cash or check only! Once a toter is purchased, it is yours to keep. Forever!
Toter Sizes and Prices
- 96-gallon: $30
- 64-gallon: $20
- 48-gallon: $20
We have a limited availability of each size. Please call Bexley City Hall at (614) 559-4200 to see what we have in stock before making a trip in.
Toters can be delivered to your property for an additional $10, or, they can be picked up at the Bexley Service Garage on Delmar Drive for no additional cost.
Residents 60+ years of age are eligible to receive a 10% discount on their quarterly refuse and water bill. The individual on file must be the head of the household or the account holder. Along with the application form (link below), we will need a copy of the account holder's drivers license, or any identification, that has the birthdate and proof of address.
To apply for a discount, please complete this form (link).
Completed forms can be emailed to to firstname.lastname@example.org (link), or dropped off in-person at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209.
Twice this spring, central Ohio has experienced flood events with excess rain in a 24 hour period. When this occurs, central Ohio’s waterways surge above their banks and there is nowhere for storm systems to drain. Additionally, sanitary systems become overwhelmed by water from illegal drain and gutter hookups. Bexley’s sanitary system is tied into Columbus’, and when Bexley systems back up it is due to backups down the line. We are tracking basement flooding events in order to provide better service to you and analyze priority areas for any system improvements. Please fill out the Flooding and Backup Questionnaire (link) if you have experienced flooding in your basement.
Potholes are a common problem during the winter months in Ohio. City crews strive to catalog and repair severe potholes in a timely and proper manor (often within 24 hours from when they were reported), however on rare occasions a few may go unnoticed. If you are aware of a pothole please report it here (link), or call the Service Department at (614) 559-4220.
Due to a suspected increase in skunk encounters in Bexley, the City of Bexley is collecting data on skunk sightings in order to help us better understand where sightings are occurring and to help us explore a treatment plan. Skunks are a nuisance in neighborhood settings due to their spraying of people and other animals, and can serve as a carrier of rabies and other diseases. If you've had a skunk sighting or encounter in Bexley, please take a moment to fill out this form (link).
Each year approximately one-third of the city sidewalks are inspected running north to south. This allows the entire city to be inspected on a three-year rotation. Inspection involves walking each street and visually inspecting the sidewalk for damage. Panels are then marked either with an "X" denoting the deficiency is the responsibility of the property owner to repair or replace, or with a “C” denoting the deficiency is the responsibility of the city and will be replaced or repaired at the city's expense.
The criteria used to determine when a sidewalk must be replaced includes pitting, cracking, deterioration, broken corners and difference in elevation. A judgment must also be made when determining the condition as to whether or not the condition of the sidewalk is adequate to remain in a safe condition until the next tri-annual inspection.
City crews inspect three different sections of Bexley sidewalks. They are:
- North Bexley: Cassady Avenue to Stanwood Road
- Central Bexley: Cassady Avenue to Remington/Stanwood Roads
- South Bexley: Pleasant Ridge/Francis Avenues to Remington Road
What is the law/ordinance specifying how the City inspects and requires repairs, and what does it say?
Section 1022.05 of Bexley's code states that property owners are responsible for the replacement of damaged, deteriorated, or unsafe sidewalk panels. Policies and procedures for inspection of sidewalks and notification of property owners are established and maintained by the Service Director of the City of Bexley.
What is the criteria by which it is determined that a panel needs to be replaced?
- The sidewalk is displaced with a vertical edge of 3/4” or more.
- The sidewalk is depressed or raised more than 3” from the normal line of grade at any place.
- The sidewalk has cracked into 3 or more pieces, has cracks that are between 1/4” to 3/4″ wide or greater or is missing a full depth piece of concrete.
- The sidewalk has spalled over 75% of the surface.
- The sidewalk has horizontal separations equal to or greater than 3/4” within the square, or greater than 1” at the sidewalk joints.
- The cross slope of the sidewalk exceeds more than 1” per foot.
- Missing slabs of sidewalk.
Can I do the repairs myself?
Property owners may perform the required repairs or replacements themselves within the given time frame. A sidewalk permit is required for the replacement of the sidewalk through the City's Building Department and must be done in accordance with the City's specifications. Failure to get an inspection may require removal of the material.
Is it usually cheaper to use the City's contractor?
It is our opinion that the bids/costs the City receives are very competitive given the sheer volume of work. The city bids and rebids this work until we receive bids which we feel are on target given the current construction environment and the contractors who bid on this work are currently licensed with the City and are aware of our standards and specifications. Based on this, we expect this work to go very smoothly as the contractor will be mobilized within a specific part of the City allowing them to be more efficient. The City must pay prevailing wage rates for this work given the project's overall cost which adds some cost. However property owners are free to solicit for bids and compare them to the City's costs for reference. If a property owner chooses to go this route they must notify the City. All work must be performed by a licensed contractor in good standing with the City and be inspected accordingly.
Is there a process by which someone can appeal the designation of panels that need to be replaced, or whose responsibility those panels may be?
Property owners may contact the City's Public Service Department for additional clarification regarding the number and location of deficient panels and or inspection criteria.
Will there be an opportunity to "opt in" to the City doing the work for the property owner at some known price, or will failure by the homeowner to preemptively fix a panel lead to the City automatically replacing it and billing the homeowner?
Property owners can choose to do this work with their own contractor as described above or they may opt to have the City's contractor perform this work. If the property owner chooses the latter, payment must be received in full thirty days after receipt of invoice, or the property owner may choose to have the cost assessed on their property tax bill.
What are the consequences for choosing not to fix a panel?
Failure to contact the City will result in the City's contractor replacing all deficient panels. Payment must be received in full thirty days after receipt of invoice or the cost will be assessed to the property owner's property tax bill.
Our Leaf Vacuum Program launches every fall, and wraps up towards the end of the calendar year. Leaves are picked up on a weekly basis, and crews are equally dispersed throughout the city for collection. Once most leaves are off of the trees, we will make one final sweep to collect leftover piles.
Leaf Collection Tips
- Rake leaves to the back of the curb but not in the street. If possible, please avoid placing leaf piles near mailboxes, trees, lights or signs.
- Leaves will be collected on a daily basis as the city will deploy one crew in north, central and south Bexley.
- Please keep leaves out of storm water sewers and stream banks. Leaves cause bacteria that depletes oxygen and can kill fish and other stream organisms.
- Leaves can also be collected during scheduled yard waste collection dates if they are placed in paper yard waste bags or in a container marked “yard waste”.
Due to safety issues associated with the installation of speed bumps/humps on a 25 MPH street, the City does not install these devices on streets in Bexley. This policy began around 2005 and has been consistently followed since.
Speed bumps can present a road hazard to runners and bicyclists, and can result in inattentive drivers losing control of their vehicle and veering off the roadway. They slow down emergency vehicle response time by 10-15 seconds per bump, and can result in significant damage to vehicles. In instances of inattentive drivers, speed bumps can greatly increase the risk of accident and injury. Additionally, they add wear and tear to snow plows during the winter and complicate snow clearing efforts.
Alternatives to speed bumps include radar-based activated speed signs (either temporary or permanent), targeted speed enforcement, and traffic calming infrastructure such as strategic tree plantings, or road narrowing devices.
Existing speed bumps will generally remain in place until the road they are on is resurfaced, at which point in time removal and alternative traffic calming strategies will be investigated.
If you have a concern about speed on your street, please contact the Mayor's office at (614) 559-4210. We will typically initiate a speed survey in order to gather empirical data on your street, and based upon the results we will investigate and initiate appropriate solutions.