Contaminated recyclables means that things have been thrown into the recycling container that are not recyclable. If a load has too many contaminated items, it cannot be recycled and will be treated as trash.
Common items that cause contamination:
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McKinney contracts with Waste Connections for trash / recycle pick-up services and with with the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) for landfill access. Those contractors periodically change their guidelines to remain in compliance with State and Federal laws. When that happens, the City of McKinney must adjust its collection guidelines to ensure continued service.
The NTMWD provides solid waste services to its member and customer cities. For more information, please visit NTMWD.com.
Your container(s) must be set out and ready for collection by 7 a.m. on your collection day.
You may place your container out as early as 6 p.m. the day prior to pick-up.
McKinney Solid Waste Ordinances
Container(s) must be at least 3 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.
All trash must be bagged and placed inside the container. Items outside the container will not be collected. An overloaded container will result in non-collection.
If you have too much trash to wait until your next pick-up day, you can take advantage of drop-off disposal services or contact Waste Connections to schedule an additional pick up for a fee.
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Trash contains many small, smelly pieces that can easily become litter or food for critters. To keep your home and neighborhood free from unsightly litter we ask that you bag all trash.
We ask that you do not bag your recycling unless you use brown paper bags.
Old style filament light bulbs can be thrown in the trash. All other light bulbs (Florescent, CFL, LED, Halogen, etc.) must be recycled through the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) pick-up.
Use the online form to schedule a HHW pick-up.
If your trash, recycling, bulky items, or yard waste was out by 7 a.m. and not collected, call Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.
If your trash, recycling, bulky items, or yard waste was not out by 7 a.m. and you need to schedule a pick-up you may do so for a fee by calling Waste Connections.
Waste Connections sends out different trucks for each type of pick up. Service may not be completed until 7 p.m.
Waste Connections will verify through on-board cameras and GPS to determine whether or not your items were out and ready for pick up on time.
If a holiday falls on a weekday, that collection day and those following will roll over to the next day of the week. Days prior to a holiday will not be affected.
Trash and recycling collection will not be provided on the following holidays:
Contact Waste Connections at 469-452-8000 for questions concerning the holiday collection schedule.
The earliest time your trash / recycling containers, bulky items and yard waste can be set out for pick-up is 6:00 p.m. the day before pick- up.
Placing containers outside prior to this time leads to a greater chance of creating litter.
The city contracts with Waste Connections for waste pick-up services.
Contact Waste Connections at 469-452-8000
Please set your yard waste out for collection on your scheduled trash / recycle pick-up day.
Visit our recycling page for pick up guidelines.