Public Works

About the Department

The Department of Public Works is responsible for engineering, street maintenance, solid waste disposal, solid waste collection, recycling, and fleet maintenance. Our goal is to provide excellence in public service.

Requests and Concerns

Current Activities and Events

COVID-19 Solid Waste Collection Guidelines:

To help ensure uninterrupted Solid Waste Collections service to Bristol residents and to minimize the chance of infection to city workers during this crisis the city will implement the following required changes effective March 30, 2020:

  1. All trash must be bagged, tied and placed in the city provided can. You may request an additional can if necessary. Bagged trash places beside the can will not be picked up.
  2. Bulk waste pickup must be scheduled in advance and may not be placed curbside more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pickup. Pickup scheduling could require as much as 2 weeks advance notice.
  3. Grass, leaves and brush pickup may be sporadic at this time and could be temporarily suspended in the near future.

Call (276) 645-7380 for questions or scheduling.

How you can help:

  1. Reduce trash volume in cans by folding all boxes including smaller boxes such as cereal and cracker boxes. Some plastic bottles and jugs can be crushed.
  2. Large boxes folded and placed in cans should not be forced into can or it could prevent can from dumping.
  3. Compost leaves and grass in back yard. Do an on-line search for composting to learn how.



Recycling of plastic, glass and paper products has been suspended until an economically viable solution can be found for recycled material. Residents are encouraged to reduce consumption of paper and plastic materials and to reuse items as appropriate.

Cardboard will continue to be accepted at our convenience stations, if residents do not put plastics, paper, trash or other materials into the collection bin.

Trash left at Recycling Convenience Centers is considered ILLEGAL DUMPING per Section 70-4 of the city code and is subject to a class 2 misdemeanor.

Shakesville Road Convenience Center: Open Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Engineering Division
Street Maint. Division

Fleet Maint. Division

Collection Division
Solid Waste

Disposal Division
Solid Waste
Recycling &

Report a Concern

Problems with sanitary sewer, water service, the electric system, including street lights, traffic signals, or power outages are handled by BVU and should be reported to (276) 645-8721 during normal working hours or to (276) 669-4114 for emergencies at night, on weekends or holidays.