What can I do?

First off — don’t litter! 

Whether accidental or deliberate, litter just makes our community ugly and negatively impacts our property through depressed property values and increased crime. If the neighborhood looks like no one cares about it, criminals will think no one cares — that makes it an easy target. Take it all with you — including cigarette butts. According to Keep America Beautiful, cigarette smoking has decreased 28% in the past decade yet cigarette butts remain the most littered item in the United States. Place your butt in the proper receptacle to keep our community beautiful. 


Check out the Litter Free Dallas webpage for more ways to reduce litter and beautify your community.

Now that you’re not leaving anything behind to become litter…

Start reducing, reusing, and recycling today!

Download the Recycling Guide

Do you know your collection days for different items?  If not, click here and enter your address under “My Schedule” to get a personalized collection calendar and reminders.  You can also download the ReCollect App for your Android or iPhone.

Single Stream RecyclingCurrent participants in Dallas’s recycling program, which allows for all recycling to be commingled in one Big, Blue Bin or the Community Recycling Containers, are recycling more than 8 million pounds of material each month.  This easy and convenient recycling program involves absolutely no sorting.  If you have not had the opportunity to enroll in the program, challenge yourself and your friends, family members, and neighbors to think about what might be reduced, reused, and recycled (or composted).  Join the large-scale effort to lead our City toward an environmentally sustainable future through recycling!  Order your recycling roll cart free of charge by calling 3-1-1 or clicking here and selecting the Service Type: Recycling Roll Cart New.

If you live in a community that does not offer on-site recycling, you can still recycle by bringing your items to a Community Recycling Container.  Make it easy to do by placing recyclable items in a cardboard box or paper bag that can also be recycled.  Click here to download a list of drop-off locations.

Test your recycling knowledge with the Do You Know What To Throw quiz.  Only certain items belong in the recycling bin and putting the wrong items in can cause contamination or upset the sorting equipment used to separate the items.

If your school, church, or place of business is interested in sponsoring a site, please contact Waste Diversion at:
(214) 670-4475.

Other ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle:

  • Tires – you can take your Passenger tires (22 inches or less) to the Landfill and the Northwest (Bachman) Transfer Station.  Please limit to 8 per year per resident.
  • Purchase products made with recycled material.  You may see labels that say “Made with 75% Post-Consumer Waste” – the higher the percent, the more recycled material was used.


  • Purchase products with less packaging.  This saves you the headache of trying to “break in” to hard-to-open packages, and is often an option when purchasing online.
  • Forget one-time use containers – everything from brown paper lunch sacks to baggies to coffee pods – all of these items have reusable counterparts that will save you a lot of money over time and keep a lot of waste out of the landfill.
  • Recycle your plastic bags, or better yet, bring reusable bags to stores.  Don’t just bring them to grocery stores; bring them with you to the mall or any other time you’re out shopping.  Keep some in your car so you always have them available for impromptu trips to the store.
  • Repair, donate, or recycle your old electronics, and help keep hazardous waste out of the landfill.
  • Compost your organic goods and lawn litter.
  • If you don’t compost, find out when the brush collection days are for your neighborhood.
  • Make sure to dispose of household hazardous waste properly.
  • Buy items second-hand to save money and resources.
  • Donate and recycle your used athletic shoes through the World Wear Project.
  • Upcycle!  Reuse items around your home for a new purpose.

Tire Planters

Do your part to help the City fight illegal dumping!

We need the help of our citizens to keep our neighborhoods, parks, and rivers clean for everyone to enjoy.

  • If you see illegal dumping in progress – someone dumping tires, household waste, or any other items, call 9-1-1 and report it.  Make sure to include the license plate number, if possible!  Do not approach the person or put yourself in danger!
  • If you find an illegal dumping site, call 3-1-1 and report it.
  • Outside of Dallas, you can use the Dallas-Fort Worth Report Illegal Dumping hotline (1-888-335-DUMP) and website.

Click the following infographic from the EPA to download a copy.

EPA Waste Infographic


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