Paper, Nos. 3-7 plastics no longer accepted recyclables 

All paper and Nos. 3-7 plastics will no longer be accepted in the City’s curbside recycling program under a contract change the City Council approved today.

Those items are being excluded from the recycling stream because they are not profitable commodities. The acceptable recycling materials are:

  • Flattened corrugated cardboard.
  • Boxboard, cereal and frozen food boxes.
  • No. 1 and 2 plastics. No. 1 plastics include soda and water bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter containers, salad dressing and vegetable oil containers. The latter three should be cleaned before recycling. No. 2 plastics include milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; and shampoo bottles.
  • Steel, tin and aluminum cans.
  • Empty aerosol cans.

Customers will continue to receive curbside recycling pickup every other week, alternating with bulk pickup on their collection day. There will be no change in the rates customers pay.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to offer this service to our citizens, which contributes to both the preservation of natural resources and the extension of our landfill’s lifespan,” City Manager Daniel Valenzuela said.

Customers who use their recycling bins as a second garbage can are subject to have the green containers removed. A second garbage bin is available for an additional monthly cost.

Solid Waste

The Operations Department is responsible for monitoring the collection of residential and non-residential solid waste within the City of San Angelo and monitoring landfill operations (i.e. cell closures, new cell development, Texas Commission of Environmental Quality regulatory activities, purchase of additional land for future landfill needs, etc.).

Information about recycle and bulk trash pickup service

Automated pickup and curbside recycling

What day is my trash collected? (click here for map

When is my next bulk or recycle collection? (Click on the link below for your region) 

Red region collection calendar

Blue region collection calendar

Residential garbage collection occurs once a week. On the same day, a separate truck will pick up either recyclables or bulk trash items; collection of those will alternate every other week.. Pickup will typically occur on the front curb if most of the homes on a street have front garages or in the alley if that’s where most of the homes’ garages are located.

Special pick-up services are available at no additional charge to disabled customers who cannot move the carts. To receive that service, customers must fill out and submit this disability exemption request form.

Each home’s tan-colored trash cart should be reserved for bagged household waste and bagged grass clippings and weeds. On the same day the tan cart is emptied, a separate truck will come by to either pick up bulk items or empty the home’s green cart of the recyclables inside.  Recyclables should not be bagged.

By 7 a.m. on collection day, customers should roll their carts, which are easy to move and maneuver, to their front curb or within 2 feet of the alley, depending upon a home's collection location. (Many customers put their carts out the evening before.) The cart’s handles should be facing backward, toward the home. Carts and bulk items need to be placed at least 3 feet (approximately one medium-sized step) from each other, from trees and from mailboxes, and at least 5 feet from any parked vehicles. This ensures the carts can be emptied via the controls inside the new automated trucks. Improper bin placement forces Republic personnel to leave the truck, slowing service.

Once emptied, customers should return their carts to their homes by noon the following day.

What to recycle

Republic's curbside recycling is an all-in-one program, meaning all recyclables are placed into one bin with no sorting, though all recyclables must be clean, empty and dry. The following items should be placed in the green recycling cart:

  • Flattened corrugated cardboard.
  • Boxboard, cereal and frozen food boxes.
  • No. 1 and 2 plastics. No. 1 plastics include soda and water bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter containers, salad dressing and vegetable oil containers. The latter three should be cleaned before recycling. No. 2 plastics include milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; and shampoo bottles.
  • Steel, tin and aluminum cans.
  • Empty aerosol cans.

What not to recycle

The following items should NOT be placed in recycling carts:

  • Mixed papers
  • Nos. 3-7 plastics 
  • Plastic grocery bags.
  • Waxed cartons.
  • Batteries.
  • Styrofoam, including food containers, cups and packing peanuts.
  • Glass.
  • Foil.
  • Pill bottles.
  • Plastic or metal clothes hangers.
  • Light bulbs.
  • Frozen food bags and chip bags.
  • Hazardous or toxic product containers (ex. paint cans or lighter fluid containers).
  • Food and wet waste.
  • Food-contaminated paper plates and napkins.
  • Appliances and electronics.
  • Bubble wrap.
  • Garden hoses.
  • Rubber balls and sports equipment.
  • Tires.
  • Wood.
  • Yard waste.

Customers may request a second green recycling bin at no monthly cost by calling 325-657-4323 or visiting the Water Customer Service office at 301 W. Beauregard Ave. Customers who request a second green recycling bin will be charged a delivery fee of $21.79.

The City Council has authorized the solid waste administrator to remove green recycling bins from customers who place garbage in them after being advised not to do so. San Angelo’s contamination rate – the amount of recyclables tainted by garbage – is approximately 35 percent.

For other recycling options, click here.

Bulk pickup

Bulk trash pickup alternates every other week with recyclable collection. Residential customers can learn when their bulk trash and their recyclables will be picked up with this interactive map and red region calendar or blue region calendar.

Tan garbage bins are emptied weekly.

The maps divide each collection day into a red zone and a blue zone. The calendar shows which weeks in each zone that bulk trash will be picked up and which weeks recyclables will be collected.

Garbage and recyclables will continue to be picked up on the same day and in the same location for customers. Bulk items should be placed at least 3 feet away from the tan bin to avoid interfering with weekly trash collection.

Customers requested the change to more frequent bulk service, mainly to accommodate the collection of yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings. Yard waste, which is not recyclable, may also be placed in the tan bins.

Bulk items include furniture, appliances, mattresses, barbecue grills without propane tanks, toilets, carpeting, fencing, wooden pallets, bags of yard waste, and brush and limbs cut and bundled in lengths of no more than 4 feet.

Non-acceptable bulk items include household trash, tires, concrete, construction materials, glass, hazardous waste, roofing materials, propane tanks, soil and rocks. All except hazardous materials (such as paint) and propane tanks can be taken to the landfill. City water customers who bring a bill and a photo ID with a corresponding address to the landfill can get one free monthly dumping.

Landfill accepts electronics 

San Angelo residents can recycle electronics at the City landfill, located at 3002 Old Ballinger Highway.

Republic Services will accept electronics from people with a photo ID that shows a San Angelo address. The landfill is open from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. The service will be provided year-round.

Electronics that will be accepted include televisions, computers, stereos and cellphones. The landfill also accepts appliances, which can also be picked up during a household’s bulk trash pickup day every other week. The landfill does not accept batteries.

Garbage collection

Regulations for garbage collection have been codified in Chapter 11.04 of the City of San Angelo's Code of Ordinances. The City contracts with Republic Services for garbage collection. Contact Republic by calling 325-481-7700 or visiting


Trash pickup is subject to be interrupted by six holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If a holiday occurs on a day regularly scheduled for trash pickup, check this website's News page or the City's Facebook page for how residential garbage pickup will be affected.

Residential collections

Residential collections will occur once a week. For details about residential collections, see Chapter 11.04.001-.002 of the Code of Ordinances. Charges for residential collections are billed on the monthly municipal services statement (commonly called "the water bill"). Fees for residential collections can be found in this chart

Residential collection schedule  

Residential collections can be established by calling the Water Customer Service Division at 325-657-4323.

Commercial collections

Commercial collections include businesses, industries, apartment complexes, construction sites and other non-single-family residences (such as apartment buildings). For details about commercial collections, see Chapter 11.04.005 of the Code of Ordinances

Service frequencies and rates for commercial collections can vary. Fees for commercial collections can be found in this chart.  Billings, service requests or changes to commercial services are facilitated through Republic Services. Republic can be contacted at 325-481-7700 or by visiting


The City contracts with Republic Services for the operation of the landfill at 3002 Old Ballinger Highway. Contact Republic at the landfill by calling 325-655-6869. The landfill's hours of operations are:

  • 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays
  • 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays
  • Closed Sundays

Landfill dumping fees can be found in this chart

Citizens free dumping

City residents may deliver items to the landfill, 3002 Old Ballinger Highway, at no charge once a month by providing their most recent municipal services statement (aka the water bill) and a valid ID with a name and address that matches the name and service address on the statement. Only one dumping is allowed per monthly statement. All documents must be original. No photo copies are accepted.

The landfill will not accept the following:

  • PCB – Ballast from florescent lights
  • Batteries
  • Burn barrels
  • Anything containing freon
  • Enclosed drums
  • Motor oils
  • Radiation continued waste
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Explosives
  • Liquid paint
  • Petroleum products or byproducts

Republic has constructed a citizens convenience center near the landfill's entrance to provide easy access to self-haulers away from commercial customers disposing of waste. Republic personnel will direct customers to bays and help sort recyclables. 

Free mulch is also available at the landfill. 

Landfill operations are interrupted by six holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The landfill will remain open until 5:30 the Saturday following the holiday to accommodate additional deliveries. 

Citizens can assist in the collection service by:

  • Properly placing their bins and bulk items in their collection spot by 7 a.m. on their pickup day.
  • Placing all materials inside one of the provided bins. Waste left on the ground or in a personal trash container will not be picked up.
  • Bagging the garbage placed in the tan bins, which prevents trash from being spilled.
  • Recyclables should not be bagged before being placed in the green bin.
  • Filling out an online request for additional bins if they wish to have more garbage or recycling carts. The form is available on the right-hand sidebar of this page.
  • Removing bins from streets once they have been emptied.
  • Calling Republic Services at 325-481-7700 or visiting if you have questions.

Total Revenues Deposited Fiscal Year 2018

Host Fees:

$ 388,600

Landfill Lease:

$ 582,696

Commercial Collection:

$ 386,811

Residential Contract Fee:

$ 271,581

Residential Billing Services Fee:

$ 271,581

Farm Lease:

$ 19,760

Total Revenues Deposited Last FY:

$ 1,921,029



Monies Paid to Republic by City –  FY18

Citizens Free Dumping Overages – March:   $ 6,080    

Citizens Free Dumping Overages – April:

 $ 26,788

Citizens Free Dumping Overages – May:

$ 30,374
Citizens Free Dumping Overages – June:  $ 27,297

Citizens Free Dumping Overages – July:

$ 26,242

Total Monies Paid to Republic FY17:

$ 116,781



Total Revenues Deposited FY19 Year-to-Date

Host Fees:

$ 36,251

Landfill Lease:

$ 97,654

Commercial Collection:

$ 34,722

Residential Contract Fee:

$ 46,842

Residential Billing Services Fee:

$ 46,842

Total Revenues Deposited YTD:

$ 262,311



Recycling Tonnages 2018




Contamination %

 January 2018 382 tons  299 tons   22%  
 February 2018 314 tons   225 tons   28% 
 March 2018   361 tons    271 tons    25%  
 April 2018  329 tons    242 tons   27% 
 May 2018 371 tons  280 tons  24% 

June 2018 

346 tons 119 tons  66% 
July 2018 333 tons  75 tons  78% 
August 2018 359 tons  186 tons  48%
September 2018 322 tons  219 tons  32% 
October 2018  363 tons 239 tons  34% 
November 2018      
December 2018      

Total Recycling 2018

3,481 tons

 2,155 tons

 38% Avg.