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Single Stream Recycling
Recycling has never been easier. With single stream recycling, residents do not have to sort their recyclables. All recyclable materials can be placed in the 95 gallon cart.  Please remember to rinse food containers before placing in the recycle cart. Cheers to you for thinking green!!!

Setting up Recycling Service
Recycling service is established at the same time as trash service. If you would like an additional recycle cart, contact CWD directly at 972.392.9300 Option 1 or the City of Allen Utility Billing Division at 214-509-4560. There is a charge for an additional cart that will appear on your City of Allen monthly water utility bill.

Para asistencia en español, llame a 972-392-9300, opcion 2.

Collection Day
Recyclables are picked up every other week on your designated trash day. Find your designated recycling day using the 2013-2014 Trash and Recycling Guidelines.

Note: 1st and 3rd/2nd and 4th recycling collection schedule is no longer active.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 1, 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 1.

Para asistencia en español, llame a 972-392-9300, opcion 2.

Recycling Conveyor BeltService 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 cans
  • Cardboard, flattened
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal & dry food boxes
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Glass – unbroken bottles or jars
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Phone books
  • Plastic bottles and containers (#1 – 5 & #7)
  • Shredded paper in bags
Unacceptable Items
  • Aluminum foil
  • Automotive wastes**
  • Drinking glasses
  • Household chemicals**
  • Light bulbs
  • Metal and ceramic cookware
  • Paint cans**
  • Pesticide or pool chemicals**
  • Pie plates
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Yard waste*

*CWD collects yard waste separately.

**City collects these items in the HHW program.

Apartment recyclingMove-In Special Collection
A one-time service to collect flattened and stacked cardboard boxes is provided to new residents.
  • New residents must call Community Services at 214.509.4500 or submit an online request form by noon on Friday to arrange a one-time cardboard collection for next-day (Saturday) pickup.
  • Wrapping paper (no bubble wrap or foam) from the boxes may be placed in a large cardboard container and collected during the same one-time service.

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.

Trash and Recycling Guidelines
Make sure to keep your Annual Trash and Recycling Guidelines that you recieve - it's full of great year-round information!