Residential Recycling Services

Included Services

The City of McKinney offers an automated recycling collection system and provides a blue recycling container. Recycling collection is on the same day as your trash collection. Be sure to place your recycling container at least three feet from your trash container.

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Acceptable Items for Blue Recycling Container 

The items below are acceptable to place in your blue recycling container. 

  • Aluminum, steel, tin cans
  • Cardboard
  • Cartons
  • Catalogs
  • Glass bottles or jars
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Phone books
  • Plastics 1-5, 7



Unacceptable Items for Blue Recycling Container 

  • Packing peanuts
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic grocery bags (plastic #6)



Do-It-Yourself Recycling

Know Before You Go

  • A valid Texas driver's license and a City of McKinney water bill dated from within 30-45 days is required. The address on your driver's license must match the address on your water bill.
  • The first two visits per household per month are provided at no cost to the resident.
  • The following materials may be dropped off by McKinney residents to be recycled:
  • White goods - e.g., air conditioners, refrigerators, water heaters, washing machines and dryers. Accepted at the Regional Disposal Facility (RDF) only.
  • Used oil. Maximum of five gallons per visit. Accepted at RDF and the Custer Road Transfer station (CTS).
  • Used oil filters. Accepted at CTS only.
  • Whole passenger vehicle tires. Maximum of four per visit. Accepted at CTS and RDF.
  • Brush and untreated / unpainted wood. Accepted only at the Regional Composting Facility at CTS.
  • Trucks or trailers that access roads leading to the landfill or transfer station must possess a tarp or cover to conceal the debris. The landfill or transfer station will not permit anyone to enter unless this requirement is met.
  • Acceptable waste delivered by residents to North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) facilities

Drop-off Locations and Hours

Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

This facility is only for recyclable items.

2138 Country Ln., McKinney, TX 75069


8 a.m. to noon

Regional Disposal Facility (RDF; landfill) 

3820 Sam Rayburn Hwy. (North Hwy. 121), Melissa, TX 75454


Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Custer Road Transfer Station (CTS)

9901 S. Custer Rd., Plano, TX 75025
(Entrance on Ridgeview Drive)


Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Yard clippings and limbs may be brought to this location for disposal.

Parkway Transfer Station

4030 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano, TX 75093


Lookout Drive Transfer Station

1601 E. Lookout Dr., Richardson, TX 75082




Styrofoam Disposal

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to by its brand name "Styrofoam," is recyclable at the 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. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday - 8 a.m. to 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.



Medication Disposal

Do NOT flush or pour unwanted, unused or expired medications, prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs down the drain. 

Why Should You Care?

  • Flushed medications can get into our lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Research shows continuous exposure to low levels of medications alters the behavior and physiology of fish and aquatic organisms.
  • Pharmaceuticals enter our wastewater from a variety of sources including the flushing of unused medications.
  • Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
  • Long-term exposure to low levels of antibiotics might result in drug-resistant microbes and bacteria.

Options for Disposal

  • The Police Department hosts a Drug Take-Back event twice a year, usually in April and September. 
  • Visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website and enter your zip code for a nearby collection location.
  • Medical City McKinney, 4500 Medical Center Dr., offers a DEA-compliant drug take-back receptacle in the emergency room lobby. 
  • Walgreens Pharmacy has a secure bin located near the customer counter in the pharmacy section of the store located at 1651 W. University Dr.



Yard Waste

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 and bundled into bundles of 50 lbs or less.
  • All grass clippings and leaves must go into brown paper biodegradable bags.

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 brown bags over 50 lbs 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. 



Bulky Item Pick-up

Residents can request a bulky waste collection up to 12 times a year at no additional cost. Bulky waste includes any large bulky items that do not fit in your trash container and includes extra trash bags. To schedule, call Waste Connections at 469-452-8000 prior to your collection day or fill out the bulky item pickup form online.

Here's what to do: 

Bulk trash is picked up by appointment only and must be requested before 5 p.m. the business day prior to your collection day. Requests received after 5 p.m. will be processed on the next business day in the order they were received.


  • Bulk trash includes items that are too large to fit in your regular trash container, including extra trash bags.
  • Bulk trash may include two large household pieces or 10 trash bags, or an area that is equal to or less than 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet.
  • A disposal fee will be charged for bulk trash items that exceed the guidelines.
  • A disposal fee will be charged after the 12th scheduled bulk trash collection is a calendar year.

Examples include:

  • Household furniture (such as a sofa and a loveseat)
  • Household equipment (such as a washer and dryer)
  • Emptied water heaters
  • Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners must have an HVAC specialist tag indicating the appliance has been evacuated properly and the freon has been removed by HVAC specialist
  • Home repair waste
    • Rolled carpet must be in four-foot bundles, no heavier than 50 lbs. and allowed up to five bundles
    • Treated wood or fences panels must be in four-foot sections with nails removed or hammered down, no heavier than 50 lbs. each. Customers are allowed up to five panels per pickup. 

Restricted items:

  • Construction debris (such as concrete, bricks, dirt, tile, sheetrock, lumber)
  • Dead animals
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Automotive parts
  • Tires. Call the North Texas Municipal Water District at 469-626-4452 for disposal information.



Household Hazardous Waste

Residents can request a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection up to 12 times a year at no additional cost. This service occurs on your regular trash and recycling collection day. All chemical waste is collected and brought back to the City of McKinney Facilities Service Complex where it is stored until collected by a licensed hazardous waste disposal contractor.

Visit the HHW page to schedule a pickup and review guidelines.



Electronic Recycling (E-waste)

Curbside Electronics Collection Program 

Residents can request an Electronic Recycling (E-waste) collection up to 12 times a year at no additional cost. This service is for home use computers, computer components and electronic components that may be connected to a computer including fax machines, printers, scanners, mice, speakers, keyboards and other computer peripherals, televisions, VCRs, etc.

Request pickup online

Note: The city reserves the right to deny the collection of certain materials and/or substances, and is not responsible for spills that may occur prior to a city staff member’s arrival to collect electronics.

The Process

  • 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. After-hours messages will be processed on the next business day in the order they were received.
  • Place electronics curbside by 7 a.m. on your scheduled appointment day. 
  • Place smaller components in a cardboard box labeled HHW and locate at least four feet from your residential trash / recycling receptacles. 
  • City staff will only collect and transport approved items on the assigned day.


  • Limited to two boxes no larger than 20 inches long by 20 inches wide by 20 inches high per pickup.
    • Limited to one television per pickup.
    • Limited to 50 lbs. per box except for televisions.
  • Excessive quantities are considered commercial waste and will 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

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 five 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.)

Regional Disposal Facility (RDF; Landfill)
Citizens Convenience Center
3820 Sam Rayburn Hwy. (North Hwy. 121), Melissa, TX 75454

*Accepts transmission fluid

El Dorado Motors
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.

Common FOG Products


Cooking oil




Baked goods


Dairy products



Sour cream

Chicken stock


Ice cream



Bacon grease

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.
  • For large amounts of fats, oils or grease, schedule a HHW pickup.



Christmas Trees

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.) 


  • Remove lights and ornaments from the tree. 
  • Trees with flocking will not be picked up.
  • 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, please call Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.

*Curbside Christmas tree collection and composting will be provided Dec. 26 - Jan 16.

McKinney provides locations where residents can drop off Christmas trees for recycling. Trees must be clean and free of decorations, lights and flocking. Look for signs at these locations:

*Christmas tree collection and composting will be provided Dec. 26 - Jan 16.

Natural Decorations

Compost your natural poinsettias, pine garland and wreaths by placing them in brown compost bags next to your trash container on your regularly-scheduled trash day.

  • Remove poinsettia plants from the pot / container. You can dump plant and soil in bag.
  • Remove lights and ornaments from wreaths and garlands.

Trees and other materials are taken to the Regional Composting Facility in Plano and converted into a variety of compost products. See the composting tab on this page for more information. For questions, call Solid Waste Services at 972-547-7385.