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Irving Solid Waste Will Only Pick Up Trash Once Per Week Starting Oct 1

Effective Oct. 1, Irving Solid Waste Services (SWS) collection schedule, guidelines and fees will be adjusted to continue providing residential trash, recycling, brush and bulky service while a permanent plan is developed.

Note: There will no longer be twice per week trash collection.

  • All trash, recycling, brush and bulky collections are performed once per week on the same day.
  • The city is divided into 4 service areas, and collection will take place on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday depending on where the resident lives.
  • If collection day falls on a city holiday, collection will shift to the next day for each service day within the holiday week (Monday to Tuesday, Tuesday to Wednesday, Wednesday to Thursday and Thursday to Friday).
  • Waste must be placed at curb by 7 a.m. on collection day and after 6 p.m. the night before collection.
  • Residents can only place solid waste for collection at the address listed on their utility account.
  • Trash, recycling, brush and bulky piles must be separated by 2 – 3 feet of unobstructed space.
  • If exceeding quantity or size limits on collection day, residents are encouraged to contact Solid Waste Services regarding a special collection to pick up excess items (special collection fees apply).
  • Residents may haul additional trash, brush, bulk or construction/demolition debris to the Hunter Ferrell Landfill (landfill fees will apply) or rent a roll-off container (roll-off fees apply).

The city’s interim collection plan addresses the ongoing staffing shortage while providing scheduled pick up of residential refuse to ensure consistent, ongoing service. In the meantime, a consultant will assess viable options for Irving’s permanent SWS collections model that best fits the future needs of the community.

The traditional SWS collection model for Irving residents is no longer viable in today’s employment market. The physical labor demands of hand-collecting unlimited trash twice-per-week in a city with over 256,000 residents has become unsustainable for an exhausted workforce. Collection employees with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (required to operate a garbage truck) seek alternative employment that provides greater pay opportunities and less physical labor.

The SWS collections assessment is anticipated to take up to a year to complete and considers all possible service models that would meet Irving’s needs. There will be an opportunity for residents to provide public input on collection service. Once complete, the assessment results will be presented to City Council, who will determine the best service model for SWS collections moving forward.

The interim changes also include the following guidelines:

  • Trash
    • Each address is limited to 15 bags per week (including trash, grass and/or leaf bags).
    • All trash waste shall be placed inside trash bags that must be tied/closed.
    • Individual bags cannot weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • Brush
    • Brush collection is limited to 4 cubic yards each week.
    • Tree and shrub trimmings shall be cut in 4-foot lengths, weigh under 50 pounds and be placed with cut end toward the curb.
    • Brush must be placed in an area free of obstructions (parked cars, overhead lines, mailboxes, fire hydrants, etc.) so the boom truck can easily access the debris without interference.
    • Brush resulting from work performed by a contractor must be removed and disposed of by the contractor.
  • Bulky Items
    • A maximum of 4 bulky items is allowed for collection each week.
    • Bulky must be placed in an area free of obstructions (parked cars, overhead lines, mailboxes, fire hydrants, etc.) so the boom truck can easily access the debris without interference.
    • A bulky item is defined as a household item that is easily moveable around the house, for example, a sofa, chair, table, lamp, mattress, etc.
  • Recycling
    • All recycling shall be placed inside blue bags which must be tied/closed.
    • Boxes can be broken-down/flattened with a blue bag placed on top.
  • Construction and Demolition Debris
    • Construction and demolition debris will not be collected at the curb.
    • Examples include toilet, tub, sink, countertop, flooring, cabinetry, doors, windows, light fixtures, sheetrock, insulation, roofing, fencing, concrete, asphalt, rock, dirt, bricks, sand, A/C systems, pool materials/parts and other construction materials.
    • Debris resulting from work performed by a contractor must be removed and disposed of by the contractor.

 

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