The Solid Waste Collection and Solid Waste Disposal
Departments are responsible for the collection and disposal of the City's trash or
garbage. The City's landfill is the disposal site for all non-hazardous solid waste
collected in Amarillo, disposing it through burial. The City utilizes a fully automated,
containerized collection system. Only one person is needed for each truck and route where
other cities typically require two or three workers per truck to collect garbage left at
curbside. Labor costs alone are reduced by one-third. Use time and quantity of equipment
is also minimized by utilizing this method. A better appearance of the City neighborhoods
is maintained by the elimination of unsightly piles of trash, torn garbage bags, and lines
of trash cans.
The Solid Waste Collection Department also operates six brush
trucks and four knuckleboom trucks to collect cut brush and discarded home furnishings. Citizens
planning tree trimming or disposing of large items can call the Solid Waste Collection
Department to inquire when brush collection is scheduled for their area.
SERVICES AND INFORMATION
BRUSH/JUNK COLLECTION -
The Solid Waste Collection Department
operates a fixed route brush collection service in addition to the regular collection.
This operation includes the collection of large or bulky items such as discarded
appliances, furniture, and other junk. If planning to do tree trimmings or discarding
large items, call (806)378-6813 for regularly scheduled collection.
BRUSH/TREE LIMB COLLECTION SITES - Three sites - Broadway and
Hastings; Eastern and S.E. 34th; and 7500 S. Soncy are available for residents to
deposit tree limbs and brush. This material is ground up to wood chips on site, free for
public pickup and use. For more information, call (806)378-6813.
BULKY ITEMS -
Special collection of large, bulky items can be
arranged by calling (806)378-6813.
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING PROGRAM -
Annually, from Christmas to
February 1, the City provides for Christmas Tree recycling. Residents may bring their
trees to specific locations where the trees are mulched and free mulch is in turn provided
if desired. Call (806)378-6813 for more information.
COMMERCIAL REFUSE COLLECTION -
To establish new service or to
change existing service for commercial refuse collection call (806)378-6812.
GARBAGE OR TRASH COLLECTION -
See "Residential Refuse
Collection" or "Commercial Refuse Collection."
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL DISPOSAL -
For information on the proper
disposal of hazardous material including paint thinners, paints, and other hazardous
household chemicals contact the Regional Office of Environmental Consumer Health
Protection (806)797-4331 in Lubbock, Texas.
JUNK COLLECTION -
See "Bulky Items" or "Brush/Junk
LANDFILL, FEES -
Landfill dumping fees are based on weight of
material delivered for disposal. There is no fee for residents of Amarillo discarding
normal household trash or garbage from a residence in Amarillo where a sanitation charge
is currently being paid. For information on other special exemptions to landfill fees,
contact the Public Works Director at (806)378-3024. For information on the landfill fee
schedule call (806)378-9337.
LANDFILL, ACCEPTABLE ITEMS - The City of Amarillo operates a Type I
landfill. This allows the landfill to accept only non-hazardous municipal solid waste. The
landfill cannot accept large quantities of household chemicals, oil based paints, motor
oil, vehicle batteries, commercial chemicals or asbestos waste. For more information or
specific acceptable items call (806)359-2056.
LANDFILL HOURS -
See introduction under this heading.
LARGE ITEMS -
See "Bulky Items."
The City of Amarillo operates recycling collection
centers at S.E. 27th Avenue and Hayes, and at four fire stations located
throughout the City. For information on these centers call (806)378-6813. For information
on private commercial Recycling Centers check the yellow pages in your phone directory.
For information on recycling programs or recycling projects contact Keep Amarillo
Beautiful at (806)378-9305.