The average Texan throws away about 7 pounds of garbage a day (more than the national average), totaling more than 1 ton a year per person. In Irving, more than 60,000 tons of garbage ends up in the city landfill, with each Irving resident throwing away approximately 3.7 pounds per day. Approximately 80 percent of that waste is potentially recyclable.

In one week, Americans throw away enough cans and bottles to circle the earth four times! Cans and bottles can be recycled through the City of Irving recycling programs. Irving offers residents many opportunities to recycle:

Curbside – Residents receiving solid waste services can participate by recycling paper, cardboard, cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic containers. Irving utilizes the blue recycling bag as the designated collection container for recycling. Single-family homeowners may purchase the bags at Irving City Hall or at any Irving recreation center. To get started with curbside recycling, contact Solid Waste Services at (972) 721-8059.

Drop-off recycling centers – The city operates two attended drop-off recycling centers. The centers are open 40 hours a week and accept paper, cardboard, cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic containers.

Electronic recycling – Residents may properly dispose of their electronic recyclables such as CPUs, PCs, laptops, monitors, keyboards, mouse, wiring, cell phones, data storage devices, hubs, modems and docking stations at two of the three drop-off recycling centers.

Recycling Facts:

  • 1 ton of recycled paper = 17 trees saved
  • 1 ton of recycled paper reduces overall emission of air pollution effluents by 60 pounds per ton of paper produced
  • 1 ton of recycled paper = 7,000 gallons of water saved
  • 1 ton of paper recycled requires approximately 4,102 kWh less energy than virgin paper production
  • Glass can be recycled forever with no loss of quality
  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves as much electricity as it takes to run a TV set for four hours
  • Recycling 1 ton of glass saves the equivalent of 9 gallons of oil
  • Recycling 1 ton of newspapers saves the same amount of energy contained in 100 gallons of gasoline
  • Recycling 1 ton of newspaper saves 17 trees and uses 60 percent less water.
  • Approximately 40 percent of all landfill trash is a paper product. Most paper is 100 percent recyclable.
  • More than 34 billion aluminum cans are thrown away each year and could be recycled.