Need to recycle before your normal residential collection day? Visit the Citizens' Recycling Center, where we accept all the recyclables we pick up curbside, plus many more.
Newspapers & Magazines
- Advertising inserts OK
- Loose or tied bundles
- No wet or sunburned newspapers
- Please remove newspaper and magazines from plastic sleeves
- Brown paper bags
- Chipboard such as cereal and canned drink boxes
- Computer paper
- Junk mail
- Paper egg cartons
- Telephone books
- White office paper
Tin & Steel Cans
- Empty aerosol cans that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
- Food cans (rinsed, labels and lids OK)
- Emptied and rinsed
Glass Bottles & Jars
- Any color; labels OK; rinsed and lids removed
- No light bulbs, plate glass, auto glass, tempered glass, mirrors, or leaded glass
- No. 1 - Soda bottles, water bottles
- No. 2 - Milk jugs, detergent, and shampoo bottles
- No. 3 - Some detergent bottles or cooking oil bottles
- No. 4 - Some squeezable bottles
- No. 5 - Yogurt containers, syrup bottles
- We do not except No. 6 polystyrene
- No. 7 - Large water bottles, some food containers
- Rinsed; labels and plastic caps OK
- We do not accept plastic bags, plastic film, flexible plastic packaging, or plastic wrap.
- Corrugated boxes (please empty and flatten)
Scrap Metal & Aluminum
- Appliances can be left outside of the container in a collection area next to scrap metal container
- Metal furniture, aluminum storm doors (no glass), barbeque grills, etc.
- Place in the open-top container designated for scrap metal
- Auto and truck batteries
- Motor oil and transmission fluid
- Used oil filters
Cooking Oil, Grease & Fat
- For more information visit our Cease the Grease page.
Clothing, Textiles & Shoes
- Stuffed animals
- Electronic equipment such as televisions, computers, routers, or anything with a cord (see Electronics Recycling tab)
- Household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals.
** Take these items to Home Chemical Collection Center located at 11234 Plano Road or call 214-553-1765 for operating hours.
- Plastic bags, plastic cleaner bags. Take them back to the store where you got them. Most stores that take plastic bags also take back cleaner bags.
- Plastic toys
- Polystyrene, including packing materials, bubble wrap, Styrofoam cups, food clamshells, egg cartons, and meat trays labeled Number 6.
- Rubber Hoses
Contact Customer Service at 972-205-3500 for more information.
Used computer equipment, also known as e-waste, is one of the fastest growing sources of solid waste in Texas and across the country. The State of Texas encourages everyone to support the state’s economy and the environment by repairing, reselling, donating, or recycling used electronics.
Where Can I Recycle Electronics?
- Sanitation Services hosts two electronics recycling drives annually, during the Spring and fall.
- Garland residents can recycle computer equipment at no cost at the Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center, 11234 Plano Road, Dallas, TX 75243, with proof of residency in the form of a driver’s license or current utility bill. Call 214-553-1765 to check on hours of operation.
- Garland residents can also recycle Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) such as paint, lawn and garden chemicals, and pool chemicals at the Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center.
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has a Texas Recycles TVs Program and a Texas Recycles Computer. State of Texas House Bill (HB) 2714 requires computer manufacturers in the state to establish free and convenient programs to collect and recycle their own brands of desktops, laptops, and monitors sold to consumers.
Goodwill Industries and Dell Computers have partnered to create RECONNECT, a free program for consumers to reuse and responsibly recycle unwanted electronics. Bring your equipment to your local Goodwill store. Proceeds from the resale value of donations are returned to Goodwill Industries to support the mission of creating job opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment.
Visit the Reconnect Partnership website for more information.
- Please note that Goodwill no longer accepts televisions.
- Retailers such as Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot for a list of electronic equipment they accept for recycling and any applicable fees.
All materials must be placed loosely in the large recycling receptacles.
Materials must be CLEAN, DRY, and EMPTY before recycling.
Please help us maximize your efforts to recycle. Black bags are not acceptable and will not be opened at the processing plant for the safety of the personnel sorting the recycling. If they can’t see what’s inside, they don’t open it.