Residential Recycling Services

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The City of McKinney offers an automated recycling collection system and provides a blue recycling container. 

Service Notices:
Recycling and Yard Waste service delays: Please leave yard waste and recycling carts out until pick-up has occurred. We have asked HOA’s to extend grace until this matter is resolved.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (E-waste) may experience up to a two week wait for a collection due to higher than normal request volumes.

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Service Guidelines

  • Have your container(s) set out & ready for collection by 7 a.m. on your collection day. You may place your container(s) out as early as 6 p.m. the day prior to pick-up.
  • Place container(s) at least three feet apart from other containers, mailboxes, vehicles, utility meters, poles, fences, etc.
  • The front of the container showing the serial number should be facing the street.
  • Items should be loose in the container or placed in brown paper bags.
  • All recycling must be inside the container with the lid closed. Items outside of the container or extending outside of the container will not be collected.
  • Cardboard must be broken down and placed loosely within recycling container.
  • An overloaded container will result in non-collection. You can request an additional service for a fee by calling Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.
  • Additional recycling containers may be requested by contacting Water Billing at 972-547-7550. Additional fees apply.



Acceptable Items for Blue Recycling Container

The items below are acceptable to place in your blue recycling container. Items must be loose in the container or placed in brown paper bags.

  • Aluminum, steel, tin cans
  • Cardboard
  • Cartons
  • Catalogs
  • Glass bottles or Jars
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Phone books
  • Plastics 1 - 5, 7



Unacceptable Items for Blue Recycling Container

  • Packing peanuts
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Electronics (E-waste)



Drop off Recycling

You may drop off any acceptable recycling items noted in the list above at the following location:

Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
2138 Airport Dr. (formerly Country Ln.)
McKinney, TX 75069


Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Site gates are closed and locked when facility is closed to prevent illegal dumping.

Acceptable Items:

  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Plastic bottles & jugs
  • Beverage Cartons (milk)
  • Aluminum cans (soda)
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Paperboard boxes (cereal - flattened)
  • Mail & paper
  • Shredded paper in paper bags
  • Food cans

Not accepted:

  • Chemicals*
  • Electronics*

*Use our Household Hazardous Waste and E-waste services to properly dispose of these items.



Styrofoam Disposal

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to by its brand name "Styrofoam," is recyclable at:

Environmental Collection Center in Frisco
6616 Walnut St.
Frisco, TX 75033. 

No ID or proof of residency is required. This is a self-service drop-off.


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Who can bring EPS for recycling? This drop-off is open to non-Frisco residents, but only in household generated amounts.

Why isn’t EPS recyclable in my blue container? EPS hasn’t been a successful commodity in single-stream recycling; the product breaks into tiny pieces that aren’t easily recaptured for recycling. Because of this, there are no styrofoam densifiers (the machines that recycle EPS) at the Material Recovery Facility and any styrofoam that goes in the recycle bin ends up being sent to the landfill.

Are there different types of Styrofoam that are or are not recyclable? Yes - and the key is what happens when they squish. If they break into snowflake-like pieces, it’s a recyclable styrofoam and acceptable for Frisco’s drop-off. If it either doesn’t squish or squishes and pops back to its original form, it’s not recyclable and needs to be thrown in your trash. Polystyrene paper, the styrofoam used for food and beverage to-go containers, can be recycled at the Environmental Collection Center in Frisco if rinsed and clean. Meat trays are never accepted.



Yard Waste

The City of McKinney will pick up yard waste for recycling. Here’s what to do:

  • Limbs must be cut in 4-foot lengths, tied with string or twine (no tape or wire) in bundles of 50 pounds or less.
  • All grass clippings and leaves must be placed in brown paper bags.
  • Place bags and bundles three feet away from your container on your regular collection day.
  • Limit of 10 bags or 10 bundles or a combination not to exceed 10 items total.

This is an automatic pick-up each week on your trash collection day, with no need to schedule. A separate truck will pick up yard waste. 

Mulch, dirt, concrete, stones or plastic bags will not be collected. For more information, contact Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.





Yard waste collected by Waste Connections is taken to the regional composting facility in Plano. 

Purchase Local Compost

A company called Texas Pure provides high-quality compost, topdressing, mulch and soil blend products. Each year, an increasing number of residents, businesses and municipalities take advantage of purchasing Texas Pure products. 



Electronic Recycling (E-waste)

Notice: Residents may experience up to a two week wait for a collection due to higher than normal request volume.

Residential Electronics Collection Program 

Residents can request an Electronic Recycling (E-waste) collection up to 12 times a year at no additional cost. 

Acceptable items:

  • Home computers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Fax machines
  • Televisions
  • Receivers
  • Projectors
  • DVD / Game Consoles

The Process

  • Electronic collections occur on your regular trash and recycling collection day.
  • To schedule a collection, fill out the E-waste pick-up form online.
  • E-waste collections must be requested before 12 p.m. (noon) the business day prior to your collection day. Confirmation will be made by email.
  • If you have any questions, please call 972-547-7385.


  • Place electronics curbside by 7 a.m. on your scheduled appointment day. 
  • Place smaller components in a cardboard box labeled E-waste and locate at least 3 feet from your residential trash / recycling containers. 
  • Unapproved items or excessive amounts will not be collected.


  • Limited to two boxes no larger than 20 inches long by 20 inches wide by 20 inches high per pick-up.
    • Limited to one television or one monitor per pick-up.
    • Limited to 50 pounds per box except for televisions.
  • Excessive quantities will be considered commercial waste and will not be accepted.
  • Items not generally found in homes may be considered commercial waste and may not be accepted.

Direct-to-Manufacturer E-waste Recycling

You can also recycle directly with the manufacturer of your computer or television and related equipment. See the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality website for more information.



Automotive Fluid Disposal

Notice: The Regional Disposal Facility and the Custer Road Transfer Station drop-off locations are experiencing increased traffic. As a result you can expect longer than normal lines at both facilities and delays. Please plan accordingly.

Automotive fluids including antifreeze and motor oil may be disposed of properly at the facilities below.


  • Please contact the facility before arriving.
  • All facilities below accept up to 5 gallons of motor oil and oil filters. Not all facilities accept all the same automotive fluids. Please see notes below.
  • Bring a McKinney water bill for identification purposes. Your driver’s license must match your water bill.

Locations and Hours

Custer Road Transfer Station (CTS)
9901 Custer Rd.
Plano, TX 75025
(Entrance on Ridgeview Dr.)
*Accepts motor oil (up to 5 gallons) and oil filters

Regional Disposal Facility (RDF; Landfill)
Citizens Convenience Center
3820 Sam Rayburn Hwy. (North Hwy. 121)
Melissa, TX 75454
*Accepts motor oil (up to 5 gallons) and oil filters

El Dorado Chevrolet (Service)
2300 N. Central Expwy.
McKinney, TX 75070

*Accepts transmission fluid and coolant



Fats, Oils and Grease

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) found in food ingredients such as meat, cooking oil, shortening, butter, margarine, baked goods, sauces and dairy products can cause sewer lines in homes and streets to back up if it is not disposed of properly. Learn more about what you can do to reduce FOG in your home or business

Why Should You Care?

  • Expensive plumbing repairs in your home - Not only are sewer backups unpleasant, they are expensive and unsanitary.
  • Costs to the city - FOG clogs the city’s sewer system. Repairs are costly, accounting for hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, and ultimately are passed to taxpayers.

What You Can Do

  • Let fats, oils and grease cool to room temperature in pots and pans. Pour it in a container and throw the container away in the trash.
  • Before you wash pots and pans, wipe up the fats, oil and grease with a paper towel and toss it into the trash.
  • Small amounts of cooking oil and grease can be placed in the trash. Any amount larger than 1 quart of cooking oil can be scheduled for collection as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) for recycling

Common FOG Products

clog foods

Cooking oil
Baked goods

Dairy products
Sour cream
Chicken stock

Ice cream
Bacon grease



Christmas Trees

The City of McKinney can compost your live Christmas tree and Waste Connections will pick up at your home. Pick-up service not available for businesses or apartments.


  • Remove lights and ornaments from the tree.
  • Trees with flocking are not compostable.
  • Trees should not be bagged.
  • Place the tree next to your trash container on your regularly scheduled trash day. If you live in an apartment, see below for locations where you can drop off Christmas trees for recycling.

For questions about Christmas tree recycling, call Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.

*Curbside Christmas tree collection and composting is a seasonal service that usually runs Dec 26 - Jan 14.

Natural Decorations

Compost your natural poinsettias, pine garland and wreaths by placing them in brown paper bags next to your trash container on your regularly-scheduled trash day.

  • Remove poinsettia plants from the pot / container and place in brown paper bag.
  • Remove lights and ornaments from wreaths and garlands.
  • Only organic decorative materials accepted.

Trees and other materials are taken to the Regional Composting Facility in Plano and converted into a variety of compost products. See the composting section of this page for more information. For questions, please call the Composting Facility at 972-769-4150.