Residential Recycling Services
The City of McKinney offers an automated recycling collection system and provides a blue recycling container.
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- Have your container(s) set out & ready for collection by 7 a.m. on your collection day. You may place your container(s) out as early as 6 p.m. the day prior to pick-up.
- Place container(s) at least three feet apart from other containers, mailboxes, vehicles, utility meters, poles, fences, etc.
- The front of the container showing the serial number should be facing the street.
- Items should be loose in the container or placed in brown paper bags.
- All recycling must be inside the container with the lid closed. Items outside of the container or extending outside of the container will not be collected.
- Cardboard must be broken down and placed loosely within recycling container.
- An overloaded container will result in non-collection. You can request an additional service for a fee by calling Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.
- Additional recycling containers may be requested by contacting Water Billing at 972-547-7550. Additional fees apply.
Acceptable Items for Blue Recycling Container
The items below are acceptable to place in your blue recycling container. Items must be loose in the container or placed in brown paper bags.
Unacceptable Items for Blue Recycling Container
Drop off Recycling
You may drop off any acceptable recycling items noted in the list above at the following location:
Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
2138 Country Ln.
McKinney, TX 75069
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to by its brand name "Styrofoam," is recyclable at:
Environmental Collection Center in Frisco
6616 Walnut St.
Frisco, TX 75033.
No ID or proof of residency is required. This is a self-service drop-off.
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Who can bring EPS for recycling?
This drop-off is open to all, including non-Frisco residents and commercial entities. If you have a full box truck or more of EPS, please call 972-292-5900 before coming to the collection center.
Why isn’t EPS recyclable in my blue container?
EPS hasn’t been a successful commodity in single-stream recycling; the product breaks into tiny pieces that aren’t easily recaptured for recycling. Because of this, there are no styrofoam densifiers (the machines that recycle EPS) at the Material Recovery Facility and any styrofoam that goes in the recycle bin ends up being sent to the landfill.
Are there different types of Styrofoam that are or are not recyclable?
Yes - and the key is what happens when they squish. If they break into snowflake-like pieces, it’s a recyclable styrofoam and acceptable for Frisco’s drop-off. If it either doesn’t squish or squishes and pops back to its original form, it’s not recyclable and needs to be thrown in your trash. Polystyrene paper, the styrofoam used for food and beverage to-go containers, can be recycled at the Environmental Collection Center in Frisco if rinsed and clean. Meat trays are never accepted.
The City of McKinney will pick up yard waste for recycling. Here’s what to do:
- Limbs must be cut in 4-foot lengths, tied with string or twine (no tape or wire) in bundles of 50 pounds or less.
- All grass clippings and leaves must be placed in brown paper bags.
- Limit of 10 bags or 10 bundles or a combination not to exceed 10 items total.
This is an automatic pick-up each week on your trash collection day, with no need to schedule. A separate truck will pick up yard waste.
Mulch, dirt, concrete, stones or plastic bags will not be collected. For more information, contact Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.
Yard waste collected by Waste Connections is taken to the regional composting facility in Plano.
Purchase Local Compost
A company called Texas Pure provides high-quality compost, topdressing, mulch and soil blend products. Each year, an increasing number of residents, businesses and municipalities take advantage of purchasing Texas Pure products.
Electronic Recycling (E-waste)
Notice: Residents may experience up to a two week wait for a collection due a higher than normal number of requests for Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste collections.
Residential Electronics Collection Program
Residents can request an Electronic Recycling (E-waste) collection up to 12 times a year at no additional cost.
- Electronics are picked up by appointment only.
- Contact Solid Waste Services at 972-547-7385 or order a pickup online at least 24 to 48 business hours before your regular residential trash / recycling collection day.
- Place electronics curbside by 7 a.m. on your scheduled appointment day.
- Place smaller components in a cardboard box labeled E-waste and locate at least 3 feet from your residential trash / recycling containers.
- Unapproved items or excessive amounts will not be collected.
- Limited to two boxes no larger than 20 inches long by 20 inches wide by 20 inches high per pick-up.
- Limited to one television or one monitor per pick-up.
- Limited to 50 pounds per box except for televisions.
- Excessive quantities will be considered commercial waste and will not be accepted.
- Items not generally found in homes may be considered commercial waste and may not be accepted.
Direct-to-Manufacturer E-waste Recycling
You can also recycle directly with the manufacturer of your computer or television and related equipment. See the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality website for more information.
Automotive Fluid Disposal
Notice: The Regional Disposal Facility and the Custer Road Transfer Station drop-off locations are experiencing increased traffic. As a result you can expect longer than normal lines at both facilities and delays. Please plan accordingly.
Automotive fluids including antifreeze, gasoline, diesel and motor oil may be disposed of properly at the facilities below.
- Please contact the facility before arriving.
- All facilities below accept up to 5 gallons of motor oil and oil filters. Not all facilities accept all the same automotive fluids. Please see notes below.
- Bring a McKinney water bill for identification purposes. Your driver’s license must match your water bill.
Locations and Hours
Custer Road Transfer Station (CTS)
9901 Custer Rd.
Plano, TX 75025
(Entrance on Ridgeview Dr.)
*Accepts motor oil (up to 5 gallons) and oil filters
Regional Disposal Facility (RDF; Landfill)
Citizens Convenience Center
3820 Sam Rayburn Hwy. (North Hwy. 121)
Melissa, TX 75454
*Accepts motor oil (up to 5 gallons) and oil filters
El Dorado Chevrolet (Service)
2300 N. Central Expwy.
McKinney, TX 75070
*Accepts transmission fluid, coolant, and gasoline (fees apply)
Fats, Oils and Grease
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) found in food ingredients such as meat, cooking oil, shortening, butter, margarine, baked goods, sauces and dairy products can cause sewer lines in homes and streets to back up if it is not disposed of properly. Learn more about what you can do to reduce FOG in your home or business.
Why Should You Care?
- Expensive plumbing repairs in your home - Not only are sewer backups unpleasant, they are expensive and unsanitary.
- Costs to the city - FOG clogs the city’s sewer system. Repairs are costly, accounting for hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, and ultimately are passed to taxpayers.
What You Can Do
- Let fats, oils and grease cool to room temperature in pots and pans. Pour it in a container and throw the container away in the trash.
- Before you wash pots and pans, wipe up the fats, oil and grease with a paper towel and toss it into the trash.
- Small amounts of cooking oil and grease can be placed in the trash. Any amount larger than 1 quart of cooking oil can be scheduled for collection as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) for recycling.
Common FOG Products
The City of McKinney can compost your Christmas tree and Waste Connections will pick up at your home. (Not available for apartments or commercial locations.)
*This is not a year-round service. Please check back in Dec. 2020 for dates & locations.
- Remove lights and ornaments from the tree.
- Trees with flocking are considered trash.
- Trees should not be bagged.
- Place the tree next to your trash container on your regularly scheduled trash day. If you live in an apartment, see below for locations where you can drop off Christmas trees for recycling.
For questions about Christmas tree recycling, call Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.
Compost your natural poinsettias, pine garland and wreaths by placing them in brown paper bags next to your trash container on your regularly-scheduled trash day.
- Remove poinsettia plants from the pot / container and place in brown paper bag.
- Remove lights and ornaments from wreaths and garlands.
- Only organic decorative materials accepted.
Trees and other materials are taken to the Regional Composting Facility in Plano and converted into a variety of compost products. See the composting section of this page for more information. For questions, please call the Composting Facility at 972-769-4150.