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Trash & Recycling

Guidelines and Collection Days

About Service
Recyclables are collected by the City and taken to a local materials recovery facility for processing. Each household is provided with recycling collection service one day each week. This collection will occur on the same days designated for regular trash collection. Enter your address in Collection Schedule to find your recycle collection day.

Collection Point
In most cases, trash is collected in the alley behind the home where the property line meets the alley. The primary exception to that method is on streets with unpaved alleys. For homes on these streets, collection occurs at the front curb. In front curb collection, bags should be set out on the parkway (the grassy area between the sidewalk and the curb). City Solid Waste crews will only collect bagged trash and/or 1 cubic foot of loose trash, such as twigs or small appliance boxes, that is easily accessible. The City of Richardson does not use any type of receptacle and crews do not retrieve bagged trash out of them.

Set-out Time
City Ordinance requires that regular trash be set out at the collection point by 7 a.m. on the regular trash collection day. City Ordinance also prohibits residents from allowing regular trash bags to be set or left out on days other than designated collection days.

Note: Solid Waste crews are NOT allowed to collect any trash bag that weighs more than 50 pounds. In the case of bulky or heavy trash, the resident must call or make an Online Requestfor a special collection.

Collection Schedule

Trash Bags
You may purchase black bags from the City because these bags meet code requirements. Regardless of where the bags are purchased, the City recommends black or dark-colored bags that are 2 mils in thickness, to ensure proper collection.

Recycling Blue Bags
Because the City of Richardson is a "Bag City" and not a "Trash Can Receptacle City", the City offers its residents the opportunity to inexpensively buy trash and recycling bags that meet City code requirements. Find Locations

Drop Off Centers
You may also drop-off your regular trash at:
Transfer Station, 1601 E. Lookout Dr., 972-234-3247

Brush & Bulky Item Collection (BABIC)
Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) is a service offered to Richardson residents at no additional charge. The service is designed to help residents dispose of large amounts of brush or oversized items like unwanted appliances or furniture that cannot be placed out for regular trash collection. Learn More

Household Hazardous Waste
When you have household hazardous waste to dispose of (commercial waste is not accepted), it can be taken to the Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center. Learn More.

Do you need to remove a large amount of waste too large to put on the curb? The City provides an affordable service to help. The City rents dumpsters ranging from an 8 yard container to a 30 yard container. Several items cannot be placed in these dumpsters so please read the restrictions. Learn More.