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Dallas garbage, recycling days are changing. Here’s when your trash will be picked up

Dallas plans to change its sanitation collection days and routes starting Monday

Recycling and garbage
Recycling and garbage cans sit along a street in East Dallas, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.(Elías Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

By Everton Bailey Jr.

Dallas, it’s time to take out the trash.

But when?

Pay close attention, because beginning Monday, the city’s sanitation department is revamping pickup dates.

What you need to know:

— Wednesdays are being added to sanitation collection schedules, increasing pickups to every weekday. The new schedule is meant to help cut down on delays in pickups, which have been compounded in recent years by worker shortages and severe weather events.

— City officials estimate at least 56% of customers will have to set out their trash on new days.

— The new schedule is not expected to impact when brush and bulk trash are picked up.

Below is a comparison of the current city map that lays out the days areas are supposed to have trash and recycling picked up with the new map. An interactive version of the map is available on the city’s website.

Q: When on collection day should I put out my garbage and recycling?

A: Garbage and recycling should be placed at the curb in front of your home or alleyway by 7 a.m. the morning of collection day. The roll cart shouldn’t be blocked by vehicles, tree limbs or other objects.

Q: What items shouldn’t be in placed in the garbage roll cart?

A: Yard or construction debris, concrete or rocks, hot ashes, large pieces of metal, or household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, cleaning products and batteries.

Q: What items should be placed in the recycling roll cart?

A: Plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars, cartons; tin, steel and aluminum containers; cardboard and paper bags and products.

Q: What do I do if my garbage, recycling or bulk trash isn’t picked up?

A: Call 311 to report missed garbage, recycling or bulk trash if you’re within Dallas city limits. If outside the city, call 214-670-5111.

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