City of Tuscaloosa Extends Customer Service Hours: Provides Additional Dumpsters for Back-to-School Period

As UA students finish summer school, and other return to campus for the fall, moving in and out results in a ton of garbage in Tuscaloosa. On Monday, July 30, the city of Tuscaloosa began offering longer customer service hours - and additional dumpsters to meet the increased demand.

Beginning Monday, July 30, customer service phone hours were extended until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. These hours will continue until demand subsides. Phone lines will be open during the weekend on Saturday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. until noon. Customers can reach the water department during these extended hours by phone at 205-248-5500 or by anytime email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Customers can open a new account, transfer existing service or cancel water service online at any time at Existing customers can pay bills and track account history online at

Environmental services placed nine additional dumpsters around the City in areas with high college student populations through Sunday, Aug. 5.

The dumpsters are issued to assist students and their families in the removal of household waste that accumulates during the moving process. Locations for the dumpsters are:

-5th Avenue at 16th Street
-Meador Drive at Cloverdale
-8th Avenue at 11th Street
-11th Avenue at 12th Street
-12th Street (behind Tutwiler)
-7th Avenue at 13th Street
-9th Avenue between 12th and 13th Street
-12th Street at 14th Avenue
-Thomas Street

Users should look for the dumpsters marked with the Move In/Move Out signage. These additional dumpsters are strictly for residential use and are not to be used for contractors or businesses. All debris should be placed inside the dumpsters and not around the dumpsters on the ground.

To limit the amount of garbage created during move in move out, items like cardboard boxes, plastic bottles #1 and #2, plastic bags, aluminum cans, steel soup cans, newspapers/magazines, and office paper can be recycled in the blue curbside recycling bin or the drop-off recycling trailers located around the city. To learn more about recycling in Tuscaloosa visit or call 311 at 205-248-5311.

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