With the volume of residential solid waste and recycling beginning to return to normal, curbside collection of green waste will resume beginning on Monday, May 25.
Despite the Memorial Day holiday, collection routes will run on normal schedules the week of May 25.
As more people stayed home over the last several weeks, residential solid waste and recycling volumes significantly increased. Residential garbage tonnage increased 22% and residential recycling increased 19%. Curbside green waste collection was temporarily suspended at the beginning of April as an increased safety precaution for City personnel and to reallocate drivers to weekly garbage and recycling services to address the increased volume. The Solid Waste and Recycling Division will continue to monitor the garbage and recycling volumes.
The residential green waste program is for plant material that residents have removed from their lawns, including branches, leaves, and grass clippings. Authorized green waste materials can be bagged in paper lawn and leaf bags or tied in 4-foot bundles with rope or twine. Each bag or bundle cannot weigh more than 40 pounds. No trash, metal, food, or single-stream recyclables are permitted in green waste bags. Palms, cactus, rocks, soil, and yucca are also prohibited. For more information on the City’s green waste program, visit www.nbtexas.org/greenwaste.
The ability to resume other suspended solid waste services, like bulky trash and brush collection by appointment, will be evaluated over the next few weeks, and will resume once the volume of green waste is manageable and a driver can be designated for those bulk and brush routes. For more information on the Solid Waste and Recycling Division and its services, visit www.nbtexas.org/swrd.