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Solid Waste Management

Curbside Recycling Services

Recycling Services Overview

Let us help you start your own home recycling program with our curbside recycling pick up. A minimum service charge of $5 will be added to your monthly water bill. Here is a quick guide to what is available for collection with our blue cart!   

All new single family residents are eligible to receive recycling collection services from the City of Edinburg after establishing a water account with the City's Utility Department; or if you are an established  residential customer with a brownstone wheeled cart from Department of Sanitation, you are also able to  get a blue cart for recycling, please complete this form .

Please refer to calendar for scheduled service. Have your containers out by thecurb before 7:00 A.M. on the day of service. All bins must be taken off the curb by 7:00 P.M. on your collection day. Containers should only be on the curb on collections pickup days. There is no set time for pickups of bins on scheduled days.

The cleanliness and sanitation of the container will be the responsibility of the resident and can be done so by using a mild detergent and water hose as needed.

For more information, call the Recycling Center office at (956) 292-2133. Para informacion en Espanol: (956) 292-2133.
A 'Quick Guide' for the City of Edinburg blue cart:

You CAN mix paper, plastic, metal and cardboard containers in your blue recycling cart. Do NOT bag recyclables.

Paper :
  • Advertising circulars and junk mail
  • Food boxes (please remove liners from cereal boxes)
  • Cardboard 
  • Newspaper (all sections)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Phone books
  • Office paper and school work; envelopes
Please NO: Binder clips or pizza boxes.

Metals (please rinse):
  • Aluminum beverage/soda cans
  • Steel (tin) food cans (Must be rinsed)
  • Aerosol & Food Cans
Please NO:  aluminum foil

Plastics (please rinse):
  • #1 and #2 plastic containers only
  • water and soda bottles
  • milk and juice jugs 
  • detergent and shampoo bottles
For timely service, please observe the following (Service Do's and Don't's):
  • Please DO NOT BAG your recyclables.
  • Please NO Styrofoam or Trash
  • Glass bottles and jars can be taken to Resource Recovery Center. 
  • Please NO sharps, syringes or lancets. (To safely dispose of sharps, see Specially Handled Items, below)
  • Please note that there is no set time recycling collection can occur on the day of collection.
  • Holidays do not change service days.
  • Have container set-out by the curb at 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Position container with wheels away from the street.
  • Leave at least 3 feet clearance from other carts, vehicles, mailboxes, etc.
  • Place your cart away from low-hanging branches, shrubbery or other obstacles.
  • Obstructed serviceability, relocated, removed or containers that failed to be placed for collection in a timely manner will incur a return trip charge.
  • Place only recyclable items in container. 
  • Your recyclables must fit easily in your bin. The lid must be completely closed. Do not overfill or place items on top or next to the cart.
  • Our equipment does not service any items placed outside of the container.
  • Keep lids closed at all times to help prevent vectors and windblown litter on windy days.
  • Remove your empty cart from the curb the same day it is collected. Carts left at the curb/right of way, after the scheduled pick-up day may subject residents to violations or fines.
  • Carts are assigned based on your street address. Do not take carts when relocating to a new residence. Do not use carts to haul trash off premises.
Need an extra recycle cart? You can arrange to have one delivered.
  • An additional recycling cart costs an additional $5.00 a month.
Recycling carts are the property of the City. Do not remove carts from the assigned address, paint, abuse, mutilate, or modify carts.

Report stolen carts to the Edinburg Police Department, (956) 381-7411, then call (956)381-5635, provide the case number and request a new cart.


Additional information:

Follow our link for more information on our services or review our approved/unapproved material guide here.

Any oversized cardboard boxes or cartons are considered recyclable and residents may utilize the Resource Recovery Center to dispose of these recyclable materials. The Department of Solid Waste Management oversees a voluntary Residential and Commercial Recycling Program. For more questions regarding recycling programs and services please call 956-292-2133 or visit our Recycling Services section.

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Specially Handled Items:

  • Other items: Paint, motor oil, oil filters, automotive batteries and vegetable oil are not part of Residential Collection Services. Disposal Station is only for motor oil and lead acid batteries which are avaialble for residential customers at the Resource Recovery Center. Please contact Solid Waste Management for more information at (956) 381-5635.

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Exclusive Provider
The City of Edinburg is the exclusive provider of solid waste and recycling services for residences, businesses and industry in the City of Edinburg city limits. Private haulers may NOT collect from any location within the City; if the City is unable to provide a specialized service to a particular establishment or business (such as hazardous waste collection) then the resident or business owner must receive written authorization from the City in order to contract with a Private hauler. That hauler must then provide the service as prescribed by the Department of Solid Waste Management.