Let’s Talk Trash…we must all deal with it, so let’s do it right!
WHAT GOES TO THE CURB & WHEN?
Put stuff out the weekend before the 4th Monday of each month.
- Tree limbs (preferably 8ft. or less)
- Bagged leaves
- Furniture and Appliances (other than those containing Freon)
- Carpet and Mattresses
- Other bulky items, except for the following:
WHAT DOES NOT GO TO THE CURB:
- Construction debris
- Bricks, Concrete, Rocks, Dirt
- Mirrors and Glass
- Tires, Oil, Paint or other hazardous material
- Car parts, Lawnmowers
- Machinery or Appliances that may contain gasoline or Freon)
TIPS TO AVOID A CITATION:
- Do not put stuff out earlier than 7:00 a.m. on Thursday prior to the 4th Monday
- Place material on the curb in front of your home, not on vacant lots or medians
- Do not totally block the sidewalk or protrude into the street
- Do not lean materials on or in front of utility or light poles, traffic signs, meters, or hydrants
- Cost Plus service – for pickup outside our collection week: Only for curbable items listed above plus on-demand collection for construction or remodeling materials. Free estimates call 3-1-1. For customer service, call: 214-670-5111.
WHAT GOES IN YOUR BIG BLUE RECYCLING BIN?
- Most consumer plastics * (see recycling details below)
- Clean cardboard, Poster board, Cereal boxes
- Newspapers & non-varnished Magazines
- Paper egg cartons (Styrofoam goes in the garbage)
- Paper sacks & Cereal box liners
- Glass beverage & food containers
- Glass jars (washed or rinsed)
- Vegetable & fruit cans (rinsed)
WHAT GOES IN YOUR GARBAGE:
- Styrofoam cups, food containers, etc.
- Straws, Chip bags and Candy wrappers
- Paper towels
- Plastic shopping bags
- Plastic cutlery
*RECYCLING SYMBOLS and what the numbers mean:
On the bottom of most consumer plastic containers is one of these symbols and a number, 1 – 7.
The City of Dallas encourages us to recycle numbers 1, 2, and 5. Remember, all must be rinsed or thoroughly washed to eliminate all food solids or liquids.
#1 YES! (Polyethylene Terephthalate, or PET, or PETE) is usually clear and used for a large variety of containers such as beverage bottles, mouthwash, salad dressing bottles, peanut butter, etc.
#2 YES! (High-density polyethylene, or HDPE) is typically opaque (non-clear) such as milk jugs, household cleaners, juice bottles, shampoo and other toiletry containers, cereal box liners, yogurt and butter tubs
#3 (Vinyl, or PVC) is typically used to make food wrap, plumbing pipes, and heavy detergent bottles. These plastics do NOT go into your recycling bin.
#4 (Low-density Polyethylene, or LDPE) is mostly found in squeezable bottles, shopping bags, frozen food containers, bread bags and food wraps. These plastics do NOT go into your recycling bin.
#5 YES! (Polypropylene, or PP) one of the safer plastics to look for according to Mike Barrett, co-founder, editor and researcher for the Natural Society. These plastics DO go into your recycling bin and are typically found in yogurt containers, ketchup bottles, syrup bottles, and medicine bottles.
#6 (Polystyrene, or PS) which is most commonly recognized as Styrofoam and should NOT be recycled.
#7 (Other, or miscellaneous) a mixed bag that includes polycarbonate which contains bisphenol-A, or BPA which has been linked to human health issues. Common items made from #7 plastic are sun glasses, iPod and computer cases, 3 and 5-gallon water bottles. Should NOT be placed in the blue recycle bin.
WHAT ABOUT CHEMICALS & OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS?
Take your household chemicals and other hazardous materials to the nearby Chemical Collections Center, 11234 Plano Road, 214-553-1765. Before you go, check their hours of operation:
- Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday & Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
It’s drive-thru service and you’ll need proof of residence. There’s also a form to fill out each time you go.
Take no containers over 5-gallons. Acceptable items include but not limited to:
- Chemicals for home & pool use
- Batteries of all kinds
- Aerosol cans, full or empty
- Paint and paint cans
- Light bulbs and Fluorescent tubes
- Motor oil and filters, gasoline
- Antifreeze and Brake fluid
- Insecticides & fertilizers
- Cell phones & desktop computers
- Items containing mercury
Do not take any waste that is radioactive, shock sensitive, medical/prescriptive, or explosive (such as ammo).
Take periodic advantage of the city’s BOPA Mobile collection service which accepts only
Batteries (B), Oil & filters (O), Paint (P), and Antifreeze (A). For locations, dates, and more go to:
ONE OTHER RESOURCE:
Conveniently located (about 3 miles away) is the City of Dallas Northeast Transfer Station at 7677 Fair Oaks Ave., 214-670-6126. They accept CFLs, computers, cell phones, other electronics, grass clippings, scrap metal, tires, household waste. For hours of operation and other information: