Blue Recycling Bag

The average Texan throws away about 7 pounds of garbage a day, which is 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.

Recycling Options in Irving


Residents receiving curbside solid waste services also can recycle. View the list of accepted recyclable materials.

Irving uses 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.

Drop-Off Station

The City of Irving’s Solid Waste Services department manages the recycling drop-off station located at the Irving Hunter Ferrell Landfill, 220 W. Hunter Ferrell Road, and it is accessible from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily, except for city holidays.

The drop-off station is an added benefit for residents who are not serviced by the city’s scheduled trash pickup. View a full list of recyclable items online.

For more information, contact Irving Solid Waste Services at (972) 721-8059.

Curbside Set-Out Tips

Recycling crews will not pick up bags that contain unacceptable items. The bags will be left at the curb and a courtesy notice will be left on the door explaining how to correct the problem. Once the issue is corrected, please set the bag out on the next recycling collection day.

  • Recyclables must be set out by 7 a.m. on recycling day.
  • Be sure to flatten all cardboard boxes.
  • Place recyclables separate from the trash.
  • Set recyclables away from sprinkler systems.
  • Bags cannot exceed 50 pounds.
  • All acceptable recyclable items may be placed together in the same blue bags.
  • Drain and rinse bottles and cans.

Recycling Plastic Bags

Want to recycle plastic bags? You can! Visit the A Bag's Life website to learn more. Select "Find a Recycle Center" to find a recycling location nearest you.

Recycling Facts

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