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Single Stream Recycling Video

Residential Recycling Video 

Recycle more - it's easy! Head straight for the blue cart - there is no need to presort items or place them in plastic bags (except shredded paper, which should be placed in a CLEAR plastic bag). Make sure the cart lid will close, and roll the cart to the designated pick up spot (curb or alley) on recycling day for convenient service.

Recyclables are collected from blue roll-out recycling carts* on regular trash collection days every other week according to the 2015 Recycling Calendar.

*Carts are not available for apartments. Approximately 25% of Carrollton residents live in apartments; however, the majority of the existing apartment complexes were constructed without consideration for recycling. Each location has logistical obstacles that need to be addressed. 

The City of Carrollton entered a new solid waste contract with Waste Management as of October 1, 2010. Waste Management is required by the contract to make recycling services available in Carrollton to single family, apartment and City facility properties, however there is not a requirement or mandate to compel the property owners, occupants or tenants of any of those various property uses to recycle.  Upon request, Waste Management provides pricing options to apartment complexes in order to encourage apartments to promote recycling options.  Waste Management does offer recycling programs to apartment management for the entire complex based on needs and logistics. If interested, apartment managers may call Waste Management Customer Service at 972-315-5400, to receive an individualized program and quote. 

Acceptable Items 

  • Aluminum and steel/tin cans (no foil or aluminum pans) 
  • Boxboard (such as cereal and cracker boxes) Acceptable recycling: hand placing plastic bottle into a recycle bin.
  • Cardboard (flatten and place in cart) 
  • Glass bottles and jars of any color (rinse and discard lids) 
  • Junk mail, magazines, catalogs and phone books 
  • Newspaper (do not bundle or place in bags) 
  • Office and school paper (place shredded paper in CLEAR plastic bag) 
  • Paper bags 
  • Plastics #1 through #7 except Styrofoam

Unacceptable Items 

  • Batteries of any kind 
  • Bubble wrap 
  • Chemicals 
  • Christmas lights
  • Diapers 
  • Food-soiled paper products (such as pizza boxes) 
  • Garden hoses
  • Hardback books 
  • Household hazardous waste 
  • Kitchen waste
  • Oil 
  • Paint 
  • Plastic bags 
  • Plastic takeout containers and utensils 
  • Styrofoam 
  • Tires 
  • Trash 
  • Waxed cartons 
  • Yard waste 


To obtain a copy of the 2015 Recycling Calendar and map, click here. Also visit the City's Essentials Map Viewer, click on the search bar in the top right hand corner, and type in your address.

Need a Recycling Cart?

Call Waste Management at 972-315-5400.

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Last updated: 11/21/2014 9:31:27 AM