The Environmental Waste Services Division provides automated recycling collection every other week for all Plano households. Each household is issued one 95-gallon or one 68-gallon roll-out recycling cart. To encourage residents to recycle, additional recycling carts can be requested at no extra charge. Plano residents also enjoy the convenience of "single-stream" recycling. This cutting-edge technology allows you to put all recyclable materials in one container. After collection, the recyclable materials are transported to the Allied Waste Services Materials Recovery Facility, located at 4200 E. 14th Street, where they are processed for shipment to recycling markets.
For more information about Plano's residential recycling program, click here.
For the City's automated residential recycling program, please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Place recyclable items in your 95-gallon roll-out cart. A camera is located on the recycle truck hopper to detect any obvious trash contamination.
- Rinse jars, cans, etc. before placing out for collection. (Labels do not have to be removed.)
- Place the cart at your regular collection point, on your designated day, by 7am
- Place the cart at least six inches from any fence and two feet from the refuse container or any other object that may impede the mechanical arm of the truck. (It is preferable to place the recycling cart on one side of your driveway and the refuse cart on the opposite side of your driveway.)
The City of Plano DOES NOT recycle the following materials curbside:
- Paper towels
- Waxboard (used in paper milk & food containers)
- Plastic wrap or plastic toys
- Plastic containers used for motor oil, anti-freeze or other hazardous materials
- Plastic shopping of trash bags
- Styrofoam or Styrofoam peanuts
- Facial or toilet tissue
- Light bulbs and mirrors
- Baby diapers
- Wire hangers
Glass containers (unbroken),
Telephone books / paperback books,
Paperboard / chipboard,
Paper grocery bags,
Newspaper, magazines, catalogs,
#7 Plastic (other),
Community Recycling Drop Off Locations
- Allied Waste Services
4200 E. 14th Street
Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm.
For more information call 972-422-2341.
- Haggard Library
2501 Coit Road
Recycling bins are in the far southwest corner of the parking lot.
- Harrington Library
1501 18th Street
- City Hall
1520 Avenue K
Business Recycling Information
For information on setting up a recycling program in your office, contact your facilities management organization or contact Plano's Commercial Diversion team at 972-769-4130 or click here.
Hazardous Disposal Program
The Household Chemical Collection program provides a residential collection service to protect our environment from contamination and prevent injury to our environmental crews.
Household Chemical Collection
Household Chemicals include items such as: paint, household cleaners, automobile products, garden products, and pool chemicals. For a comprehensive listing of acceptable products call Customer Service at (972)769-4150 or visit our Web site: www.livegreeninplano.com.
To assure a safe and efficient collection, please adhere to the following guidelines for Household Chemical Collection:
- Never place household chemicals in refuse or recycling carts. They require special handling for recycling and/or disposal.
- Call Customer Service to request a chemical collection at least 24 hours prior to your collection day, scheduled by zip code as follows:
75025 - Mondays
75023 - Tuesdays
75024 & 75093 - Wednesdays
75074, 75075 & 75094 - Thursdays
- Place products in a box marked "chemicals," weighing no more than 50 pounds. Place box at collection point by 7 am, at least 2' from refuse and recycling containers.
- If items are not in their original container, please identify the contents and place in sturdy container (no milk jugs).
- Quantities are limited to 15 gallons and 50 pounds per collection.
Materials Not Accepted
- Commercial grade products
- Chemical containers larger than 5 gallons
- Unidentified chemicals
- Expired medication - seal in plastic and place in trash cart
- Ammunition/explosives - call Police Dept. at 972-941-2135
- Contained arsenic, mercury and radioactive material - call Health Dept. at 972-941-7143
- Spilled chemicals - call Fire Station 2 at 972-596-3605
Household Chemical Reuse Center
Household chemicals collected from residents and suitable for reuse are available at the Household Chemical Reuse Center. "Conservation Colors," our reblended latex paint, is also available at the center.
The Reuse Center, located at 4110 W. Plano Parkway, at Commerce Drive is open as follows:
- Year-round: Mondays 5 pm - 7 pm
- March through April: Saturdays 9 am - 11 am
- May through November: Wednesdays 11 am - 1 pm and
Saturdays 9 am - 11 am
- December through February: Third Saturday 9 am - 11 am
Household chemicals may NOT be brought directly to the Household Chemical Reuse Center. Residents must schedule a collection. Full Details Here
Yard Trimmings Program
One hundred percent of collected yard trimmings and corrugated cardboard is diverted from landfill disposal. Yard trimmings consist of grass clippings, brush, tree trimmings, unstained and unpainted fence material, wood that has not been chemically treated and large corrugated cardboard boxes. This material is processed at the City's municipal composting site located in Melissa, Texas and marketed under the "Texas Pure" brand name.
Please adhere to the following guidelines when placing yard trimmings out for collection:
- Place at collection point (street curb or alley) before 7am on designated collection day.
- Place only organic materials (leaves, plant materials and/or grass clippings) in biodegradable bags weighing no more than 50 pounds. Trash will contaminate the end product and may cause work-related injuries for our environmental waste crews.
- Place biodegradable bags and yard trimmings at least two feet away from recycling and/or refuse containers so they will not interfere with automated collection.
- Stack tree trimmings and brush in neat, manageable piles no more than six feet in length, four feet in height and four feet in width. It is not necessary to tie or bundle piles.
- Flatten or break down large corrugated cardboard boxes and place them with yard trimmings for collection.
- Unpainted, unstained wooden fence panels and/or lumber will be collected for composting. Fence sections must not be larger that four feet by six feet for manual collection. Please remove bolts, latches and/or hinges.
- Painted or stained lumber or wood, wood with plastic, Formica, or creosote are NOT accepted for collection with yard trimmings. These items can be placed out for disposal through your monthly bulky waste collection.
- Do not place sod or soil in the biodegradable bags. Sod or soil must be containerized in a manageable container weighing less than 50 pounds each and put out on your bulky collection day.
"Don't Bag It!" Program
Follow this plan and never bag grass clippings again! This lawn care plan, developed by the Texas Cooperative Extension, combines proper mowing, fertilizing and watering techniques that allow your clippings to return to the soil as a nutrient. Your lawn will recycle its clippings and you will save time, energy and money! Call Environmental Waste Customer Service at (972) 769-4150 for a free brochure.
Texas Pure Products: "Locally Produced For Local Soils"
The use of compost promotes soil health that is vital to growing beautiful lawns, plants and landscapes. Healthy soil is comprised of a proper balance between air, water, minerals, humus, organic matter, and living organisms. By ensuring healthy soil from the start, you can reduce the amount of water, money, time, and effort required to maintain beautiful lawns, landscapes and gardens.
Texas Pure Products include compost, topdressing, soil blend, mulch, and EnviroSand in bagged and bulk quantities. For detailed information, please call Customer Service at (972)769-4150 or visit the Texas Pure Web site by clicking
For Plano Pure Product pricing, click here.
First Location: First United Methodist Church at 3160 East Spring Creek Road
The Electronic Recycling program collects computers, monitors and other electronics.
When: First Saturday of every month from 9am to 12pm.
Second Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 5801 W. Plano Pkwy.
When: Second Saturday of every month from 9am to 11am.
Third Location: Christ United Methodist Church located at 3101 Coit Road
When: Third Saturday of every month from 9 to 11 am.
For additional information, visit www.livegreeninplano.com.
Recycling at School