Residential Recycling

Single-Stream Recycling
One-hundred percent of collected recyclable materials are transported to the Allied Waste/Republic Waste Services Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), located at 4200 East 14th Street, where they are processed for shipment to recycling markets. As of April 16, 2001, the City of Plano recycles the following materials through its curbside program: 
  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminum, tin, and steel cans
  • Chipboard / boxboard - Cereal and shoe boxes
  • Glass jars, containers, dishes, drinking glasses, and vases
  • Junk mail, mixed office paper, school papers, and non-metallic paper gift wrap 
  • Newspapers, magazines, and catalogs
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Phone books
  • Plastic bottles and containers - Plastic #1 - #7 only, except styrofoam and plastic bags
  • Shredded paper - Place in a sealed clear plastic bag
  • Small corrugated cardboard boxes - should be clean, dry, and placed loosely in cart
Automated Recycling Truck
Plano has long been a national leader when it comes to recycling, thanks in part to our residents and in part to our fully automated collection system. The city saves money and streamlines services through the use of fully-automated trucks servicing more than 1,000 homes a day!  

Items Not Accepted Through Curbside Recycling
To continue to make this process work, it’s crucial only recyclable items are placed in the recycling carts.  Remember a municipal recycling program is designed to collect the household paper and most common packaging materials coming into our households. While the iron from your weight set is recyclable, it can’t be collected curbside!  To avoid costly damages to equipment and maintain low costs, be sure to only place clean and acceptable materials into your recycling cart.  The City of Plano does not recycle the following materials curbside:
  • Baby diapers
  • Batteries 
  • CDs / DVDs
  • Facial or toilet tissue
  • Light bulbs and mirrors
  • Metallic & cellophane paper gift wrap
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic containers used for motor oil, antifreeze, or other hazardous materials
  • Plastic shopping or trash bags
  • Plastic wrap or plastic toys
  • Styrofoam peanuts 
  • Waxboard - Used in paper milk and food containers
  • Wire hangers 
Pickup Schedule
The Environmental Waste Services Division uses an automated recycling collection service. This means the cart you use for recycling is serviced by an automated truck and the driver remains inside the truck. This service is biweekly. You may view the schedule online or call Customer Service at 972-769-4150. 

Cart Information
Plano residents receive either a 95 or 68-gallon roll-out cart for recycling. You no longer need to separate paper from other materials. If your cart still has a divider, please call Customer Service at 972-769-4150 to have it removed.

The Environmental Waste Services Division recognizes some individuals may have concerns about storing and manipulating a second 95-gallon container. Residents may request a 68-gallon roll-out cart for their recycling collection. Residents may also request a second 95-gallon roll-out cart for recycling at no additional charge, if it is needed. For changes to your current service level, please call Customer Service at 972-769-4150.