Recycling

Improved Single Stream Recycling Services

Environmental Waste Services has implemented automated and manual collection single stream recycling, which allows residents to recycle more materials and combine all recyclable materials into one recycling bin.

Phase 2 Update
More than 12,500 residents in designated neighborhoods received a 96-gallon container that is serviced by automated collection vehicles.  Click here for the areas where the 96-gallon automated containers were deployed.  

Customers who do not live in the designated areas for automated collection continue to receive manual collection service using 18-gallon red bin(s).  Plastic bags may be used to accommodate overflow of additional recyclable materials.  If plastic bags are needed, place lighter items such as aluminum and steel cans and plastic containers  in the plastic bags, and heavier items such as newspaper, magazines, glass bottles and jars in the red bin(s) to prevent breakage of bags.  Manual collection single stream recycling will be used in these areas until automated collection is fully implemented.

Click here for the January - June, 2014 Recycling Calendar.

Why Recycle?  

  • Recycling prevents materials that have economic value from going to waste. 
  • Recycling is responsible for expanding the lifespan of our landfill. 
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.  
  • Recycling creates jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
  • Recycling prevents pollution. Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
  • Recycling can save you money. Each additional trash container costs you $6.10 per month.  You cana reduce the need for additional containers by recycling.

Recycling is manually collected in 18-gallon red bins, every other week on the same day as garbage collection. View the collection map and Recycling Calendar -Jan - Jun 2014 Recycling Schedule.  When setting out your red recycling bin(s), please do the following:  

  • Set red bin(s) at the collection point by 7 a.m. on your designated collection day.
  • Place the bin 4 feet from your green trash container, so our trucks can easily pick up each container.
  • Do not place containers near mailboxes, electrical or cable boxes, or other stationary objects such as gas or water meter.
  • Place newspaper, magazines, junk mail or chipboard (cracker and cereal boxes) in separate container from plastic bottles, cans or glass jars or place in paper sack or bundle and tie paper products.
  • Use clear plastic bags for excess recycling that will not fit in your red bin(s).
  • Do not bag recycling in opaque kitchen bags or black trash bags.

Theft of Recyclable Materials

Recently, the Environmental Waste Services Department has received an increasing number of complaints by residents and City employees about individuals taking recyclable materials from the recycling bins.

Theft of recyclable commodities is not an uncommon problem in North Texas or elsewhere across the nation. City Ordinance, Section 52.18 states, “Title to all solid waste placed for collection by the City shall be vested in the City immediately upon placement by the person disposing of such solid waste.” This includes recyclable material set out for collection.

Therefore, it is illegal to take solid waste or recyclable materials intended for collection by the City. The sale of recyclable materials generates significant revenue for the City of Garland.

Steps for Reporting Theft Violations

If you observe anyone taking these recyclable materials, follow these steps outlined below for reporting the violation:

  • Write down a detailed description of the vehicle, including license plate number.
  • Write down a detailed description of the individual driving the vehicle, if possible.
  • Write down where the material is placed in the vehicle (ex: inside the trunk, in bed of pickup, inside car, etc.).
  • Write down the last known location of the vehicle.
  • Contact the Garland Police Department immediately at 972-485-4840.

The Garland Police Department will attempt to locate the vehicle. If the violator is caught, the Police Department will issue a citation for theft ($0-$20), which is a Class C misdemeanor resulting in a $500 fine.