Environmental Waste Services Department picks up your recyclable materials, and they are transported to the Allied Waste Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Plano. At the MRF, recyclable items are sorted by type and then shredded or crushed, baled and loaded onto tractor-trailer trucks to be shipped to factories or mills for re-manufacturing.
No. Labels and lids are okay. The manufacturing processing is designed to handle labels. For can lids, rinse the can and put the lid inside the can. For bottle lids, leave them on. The manufacturing processing is now designed to handle bottle caps.
Most retailers who use plastic bags will take them back for recycling. Putting the bags in the household recycling slows down the sorting time at the processing facility and gets caught up in their equipment, causing downtime.
Generally speaking, no. It's easier to empty the loose materials and it's easier to sort them at the processing plant. If you have excess recycling, you can bag in clear bags and place beside your recycling container.
Our current collection system will not accept cardboard at curbside due to the design of our vehicles. They do not compact the materials. You can recycle cardboard at the Drop-Off Recycling Center, located at 1426 Commerce St., or at one of the three satellite cardboard recycling containers. Click here for the location of the convenient cardboard recycling sites.
The combination of ingredients used to make glassware is different from what goes into container glass for bottles and jars. If these two types of glass are recycled together, the resulting glass will not be suitable for container glass. In fact, glassware, ceramics, window panes, or mirrors can pose a threat to equipment in a glass recycling plant.
Click here for more information about recycling computers and other electronic equipment. The City of Garland accepts cell phones and ink jet cartridges for recycling. You may drop them off at 1434 Commerce St., between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Several schools and churches in our community also sponsor cell phone and ink jet collections.