Single Stream Recycling

Recycling has never been easier. With single stream recycling, residents don't need to sort their recyclables. All recyclable materials can be placed in the 95-gallon cart. Please rinse food containers before placing in the recycle cart.

Setting up Recycling Service
Recycling service is established at the same time as trash service. If you would like an additional recycle cart, contact the City of Allen Utility Billing Division at 214.509.4560 or Community Waste Disposal (CWD) at 972.392.9300 (option 2). A charge for each additional cart will appear on your City of Allen monthly utility bill.

Para asistencia en español, llame a 972.392.9300 (opción 8).
Moving In? Give Us a Call!
Residents moving to Allen may take advantage of a one-time service to collect flattened and stacked cardboard boxes.
  • New residents must call Community Services at 214.509.3100 or submit an online request form by noon on Friday to arrange a one-time cardboard collection for Saturday pickup.
  • Up to three boxes of packing paper (no bubble wrap, packing peanuts or foam) may be collected during the same one-time service.
Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (excluding holidays)
Saturday 6:30 a.m. - Noon
Collection Day
Recyclables are picked up every other week on your designated trash day. Find your designated recycling day using the map and schedule.

Note: 1st and 3rd/2nd and 4th recycling collection schedule is no longer active. Please disregard any stickers left on reconditioned containers and follow the assigned schedule for your area. Contact Community Waste Disposal (CWD), at 972.392.9300 (option 2) for information.

Damaged Carts
For free replacement of a damaged trash or recycle cart, please call Community Waste Disposal (CWD), at 972.392.9300 (option 2).

Para asistencia en español, llame a 972-392-9300 (opción 8).
Service Guidelines
  • All recyclables must fit inside the cart with the lid completely closed.
  • The front of the cart should face the street with the cart’s handle facing the residence.
  • Place cart(s) curbside by 7 a.m. on your designated collection day.
  • Carts must be two feet from the curb and from any obstacle such as a parked vehicle, gas or electric meters, fences, cable boxes and other carts.
Recyclable Items
Acceptable Items 
  • Aluminum & steel (tin) cans
  • Cardboard, flattened
  • Cartons (rinsed)***
  • Cereal & dry food boxes (with liners removed)
  • Completely empty aerosol cans
  • Glass - unbroken bottles & jars (rinsed)
  • Junk mail & phone books
  • Newspapers, Magazines & Catalogs
  • Plastic bottles & containers (#1 - 5 & #7) rinsed with caps screwed on
  • Shredded paper in clear plastic bags
Unacceptable Items
  • Plastic bags or plastic film of any type
  • Styrofoam™ or any #6 plastics
  • Paperboard boxes & cartons stored in the freezer
  • Metals (other than aluminum & steel cans)
  • Aluminum foil or pie plates
  • Ceramic cookware
  • Drinking glasses
  • Household chemicals & paint cans**
  • Light bulbs
  • Yard trimmings*

*CWD collects yard waste separately.
**City collects these items in the HHW program.
***Starting in August 2014, we are accepting cartons! To learn more, click here.
Apartment Recycling
CWD recycling containers are located in the complex parking lot. Check with your apartment management to locate the recycling containers.

The fees for apartment recycling are assessed to the apartment owner/management company, not to the individual apartment unit. Items for recycling are the same as residential single stream recycling.

Other Recycling Drop-Off Options

Progressive Waste Material Recovery Facility
2138 Country Lane
McKinney, TX 75069
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding holidays)
Saturday 8 a.m. - Noon