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Each residence should have two 96-gallon carts - one for trash (blue) and one for recycling (green).
How often is my trash and recycling picked up?
Trash pickup is done once a week. Recycling is picked up every other week.
I have a lot of trash on a regular basis. Can I order an extra cart?
Yes, residents may obtain an extra cart for an additional monthly fee. Any additional cart must be kept for a minimum of six months. Please contact the Utility Billing Department at 361.777.4500 for details.
Are we allowed to put limbs in the trash?
Yes, residents may put limbs, grass, and other items in their trash cart as long as the cart lid can still be closed.
Do we need to do anything special to the recycling items?
All recycling should be placed in the cart with the green lid. The only special requirement is that plastic and metal containers should be rinsed and clean before being placed in the cart. We do not recycle glass.
What happens if my container is damaged or stolen?
If your container is damaged or stolen please call the Police Department at 361.777.4444 to report the vandalism or theft. Your cart(s) can be replaced after a police report is filed by calling Public Works at 361.777.4601.
What if I am unable to push the carts around?
Republic Services can help you if you are unable to move your cart due to a legitimate health issue. Please contact the Utility Billing Department at 361.777.4500 to arrange for assistance.
Is there anything we cannot put in the trash carts?
Paint, hazardous home chemicals, tires, or any amount of items that exceeds 50 pounds in total weight are not allowed in the trash or recycle carts.
Where do I need to place my carts?
Please place your carts curbside with their wheels touching the curb and their lids closed. For streets without curbs, the wheels should be placed on the edge of the pavement. Carts should be at least four (4) feet from each other and away from any mailboxes, parked vehicles, or other obstructions.
What time do we have to put the carts on the street?
To ensure your cart(s) is picked up, please place it curbside no later than 7:00 a.m. on your regularly scheduled pickup days. Carts may not be placed at the curb before 5:00 p.m. the day prior to pickup and must be removed from the street no later than 7:00 a.m. the day after pickup.
What happens if my cart is defective or broken?
If your cart has a damaged wheel, lid, or has a crack/hole in the body that allows seepage, please contact Public Works at 361.777.4601 to request a new cart. Excessive requests for cart replacements within one year and/or damage caused by negligence can result in a replacement fee.