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City of Oberlin Services are Still Operational

Public access to City facilities is still restricted, but certain departments may be physically accessible through appointment only.  Otherwise, residents are encouraged to conduct City business via telephone or email.  The Oberlin Police Department will remain accessible to the public during this time.

For General Information:

Or click HERE to find out how to contact individual City Departments during this time.

2021 Spring Brush Collection
♦ ♦ ♦ MONDAY, APRIL 12 - SUNDAY, MAY 16 ♦ ♦ ♦

  • Brush must be cut no longer than 6-feet in length and stacked neatly in the same direction at the curb
  • Diameter of limbs must be 6 inches or less
  • Brush must be free of wire, metal, stone, nails, rope or other foreign materials

Any brush placed on the curb lawn outside of the scheduled brush collection dates may be subject to enforcement action.

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All brush must be placed on the curb no later than Sunday, May 16
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During Brush Collection, wood chips may be delivered to Oberlin residents for FREE! Contact the Public Works Department for more information:

Items NOT Accepted in Brush Collection:
  • Limbs with a diameter greater than 6 inches
  • Brush resulting from tree removal or major trimming projects (excessive amounts of brush)
  • Brush with root balls
  • Non-woody yard waste
  • Unstacked brush
  • Grapevines
  • Rose bushes
  • Stumps
  • Japanese Knotweed (see image below)

2021 Compost/Wood Chip Giveaway

The City of Oberlin will be giving away leaf compost and wood chips from 9AM-1PM behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant on St. Rt. 511 on the following Saturdays:

♦ April 17 ♦ May 15 ♦ June 19 ♦ July 17 ♦ August 21 ♦ September 18 ♦

For more information, including delivery services, contact the Public Works Department:


Oberlin Electric Car Share Program

The City of Oberlin is pleased to announce the launch of a new Electric Car Share Program available to ALL Oberlin residents and Oberlin College students. The City has contracted with Sway Mobility to provide two 100% electric powered vehicles to the community that may be rented for $8/hour.

To use the EVCarShare Program, visit to download the MOQO App and follow the step-by-step instructions to register. The mobile app is also available on GooglePlay or the AppStore. Once verified to drive, you can schedule a ride, pay for your trip and even unlock the car all through the mobile app!

Find an EVCarShare Vehicle:

Oberlin City Hall Parking Lot
85 South Main Street
(Behind the Police Department)

George A. Abram Memorial Pavilion
273 South Main Street
(Behind the McDonalds)

The EVCarShare Program is funded through the Sustainable Reserve Fund as part of the strategies outlined in the City’s Climate Action Plan to provide environmentally sustainable transportation within the community. For more information on the EVCarShare Program, contact the City of Oberlin Sustainability Office:


2021 Safety Town

This summer, the Oberlin Police Department will provide Safety Town for children entering Kindergarten and children entering 1st grade next school year. Safety Town is a FREE program, but prior registration is required. Applications are available online at, at the Oberlin Police Department, or at Eastwood Elementary School.

2021 Safety Town Sessions:
1st Graders: June 7 - 11
Kindergartners: June 14 - 18

Sessions will be held from 10AM-12PM or 1PM-3PM each day at Eastwood Elementary School. Due to health & safety guidelines, class size will be limited to 14 children per session, with registrations accepted on a 1st come, 1st served basis. For more information, contact the Oberlin Police Department:


Oberlin Police Explorers

If you’re between the ages of 14 & 20 and interested in a career in law enforcement, sign up to become an Oberlin Police Explorer! The Oberlin Police Department Explorer Post #2478 offers young adults hands-on experience for a career in law enforcement. OPD Explorers are trained in law enforcement practices by uniformed officers and other OPD personnel, and have the opportunity to assist the Police Department with traffic and crowd control details for City events. Explorers also participate in local and state competitions with other Law Enforcement Exploring Posts from around Ohio.

For more information and to sign up for the Explorer Program, visit or contact the Oberlin Police Department:


Residential Rain Barrel Incentive Program

The City of Oberlin is introducing a Rain Barrel Incentive Program to encourage water conservation and to reduce the amount of stormwater flowing from residential properties. Residential property owners who purchase a rain barrel in 2021 can receive a rebate of up to $50.00. Incentives are limited to one per property. For more information, including advice on installation, contact Oberlin Stormwater Coordinator Jennifer Reeves:


COVID-19 Vaccination Program

The COVID-19 Vaccination Program is underway in Lorain County, with vaccines now available for everyone age 16 and older. Lorain County Public Health has online appointment registration for local vaccine clinics.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit:

For those who prefer to make an appointment over the phone, Dial 211 and ask for an appointment:

Dial 211

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Oberlin Police Department will host Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 24th from 10AM-2PM in the Police Department lobby. This event provides the community with a means to safely and responsibly dispose of unused / unwanted / expired prescription medications.

If you miss the event, prescription medications can also be disposed of through the self-serve drop-box available 24/7 in the Police Department lobby.

For more information, contact the Oberlin Police Department:

99¢ LED Light Bulbs

The City of Oberlin partners with Efficiency Smart to help Oberlin residents and businesses reduce their energy use and save money through energy efficiency initiatives. Efficiency Smart is currently providing discounted LED light bulbs available for purchase at Watson’s Hardware. Using LED light bulbs in your home can help save energy and reduce your electric bill. Limit 8 bulbs per customer.

For more information on this and other Efficiency Smart programs, visit

Oberlin Police Department Recognized for Excellence in Policy & Training

The Oberlin Police Department was recently awarded Gold Status in Lexipol’s Connect Program for consistently and effectively disseminating policies to officers, issuing timely policy updates as laws change, and ensuring officers are trained on policies. OPD’s excellence in policy and policy training enhances community safety by ensuring consistent and effective response that is based on best practices. OPD is proud to be recognized in this way for their continued commitment to serving the Oberlin community.