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Irving Solid Waste Services

Posted on: July 3, 2023

Deter Critters with a Simple Trash Tip

Raccoon in a trash can.

Prevent litter from escaping trash and recycling bags by securing the bags closed using a knot, twist tie or other method to keep refuse contained. 

Animals will avoid trash at the curb with a common household item: ammonia. Prior to taking trash and recycling to the curb, place a paper towel soaked with ammonia inside the bag to help deter animals. Ammonia is an effective method for repelling rats, raccoons, opossums and other small animals with its pungent smell. 

  • Another helpful tip is to place bags at the curb just before 7 a.m. on the morning of your collection day.

Bags must be of sufficient strength to move materials from curb to collection vehicles without tearing or spilling and cannot weigh more than 50 pounds.

For questions, contact Solid Waste Services at (972) 972-2232.

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