Sanitation / Garbage

The Sanitation / Garbage Division’s responsibilities include weekly collection and disposal of residential, commercial and industry refuse, yard waste and recyclables.  Residential and Commercial refuse is hauled to the landfill, which is owned and operated by Yakima County.

The Public Works Department administrates the Solid Waste contract with Basin Disposal Incorporated.  The purpose of the contract is for the removal of solid waste, and for the recycling programs, within the City.

2018 Recycling Calendar (pdf)

Time Change for Garbage Pick Up

Starting June 30th, 2021, Basin will pick up garbage one hour earlier than normal. 

Commerical pick up starts at 4:00am, residential at 5:30 am. 

Basin will continue this emergency schedule for 10 days or until the heat is no longer in the high 90’s and triple digits.

We apologize for the inconvenience but trust our customers support the health and safety of our drivers as much as we do. 

Refuse Holiday Pick Schedule

Do you pick-up on holidays?  Yes, if your collection day falls on a holiday, please set your garbage and recycling out the night before or no later than 6:00 A.M. on your regular collection day.

If you are a customer of Basin Disposal of Yakima LLC, the following holidays are observed:
*  New Year’s
*  Memorial Day
*  July 4th
*  Labor Day
*  Thanksgiving Day
*  Christmas Day

For more information please visit

Free Spring Clean Up Program

The City’s annual “Spring Clean Up” is held the second Saturday of May each year from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; this program is sponsored by the City of Union Gap and Basin Disposal.

The next annual Spring Clean Up is tentatively scheduled for May 14, 2022.

There are normally three (3) disposal sites, set-up throughout the City, for residents to dispose of their yard waste. The site locations are as follows:

  • City Hall parking lot @ 107 West Ahtanum Road; next to the Fire Station
  • Ray’s Wholesale Meats parking lot @ 2112 South 3rd Avenue
  • Cahalan Park parking lot @ 2100 South 18th Street

This FREE service is for Union Gap residents only and the sites are for yard waste only.

Yard Waste Pick Up

The solid waste contractor will collect yard waste, without additional charge from each residential unit. The yard waste pick up program will run from May 1st through December 1st. The Contractor will collect, at least two (2) times per month, up to four (4) forty (40) pound bags of residential yard waste generated by the same residence in which collection is occurring. You can have any yard waste that is collected outside of those dates picked by calling the Public Works Administration Office.

Christmas Tree Options

During the first week of January, Basin Disposal will collect one Christmas tree per residence at no additional charge to you.  Please place your tree beside your garbage container for pick up.

DONATION OPTIONS:  For information on how to donate your tree to help a great cause and the environment – visit