The City of Richmond contracts with Republic Services for curbside garbage and recycling services. We offer twice a week curbside residential solid waste (automation) collection. Poly carts must be placed within three feet of the street. Each residence is provided one 96-gallon poly cart. We recommend that the customers place their garbage in bags and then place the bags in the poly cart. This will keep your poly cart clean and sanitary. All solid waste, recycling and lawn/limb compost shall be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection. Four heavy items are allowed for once-a-month collection on the second Wednesday of the month.
Lawn clippings and tree limbs are collected every Wednesday. Bundled tree limbs/trimmings and hedge cuttings shall not exceed four (4) feet in length or four (4) inches in diameter. Tree stumps and large limbs shall be no longer than two feet in length and have a diameter equal to or less than 6 inches. Each bundle cannot weigh more than 50 pounds. Bags of lawn clippings cannot weigh more than 50 pounds. Contractor shall collect up to 15 cubic yards of unbundled tree limbs from any one resident on collection day. This type of debris is taken to Living Earth Technologies for composting and not to the landfill, thereby conserving landfill space.
We ask that each household dispose of old tires, motor oil, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, oil filters, power steering fluid, lead acid batteries, cell phone batteries, VCR batteries, button batteries and all rechargeable batteries at the Fort Bend County Recycling and Environmental Center located at 1200 Blume Road. Their telephone numbers are 281.633.7581 or 281.342.5226. Also, motor oil can be taken for recycling to Jiffy Lube or a like store. Common non-rechargeable household batteries can be disposed of in your regular household trash.
Wet paint cannot be collected at the curbside. Dry paint will be collected if the lid is left off the can. To dry your leftover paint, mix cat litter or other absorbent with the wet paint and allow to dry until solid. Never pour paint or anything else down the storm drain. To properly dispose of wet paint, take your leftover paint to Fort Bend County Recycling and Environmental Center. There is a fee of $1 per gallon up to 14 gallons and $5 per gallon for 15th gallon up. This is based on container capacity and not actual contents.
Any appliance containing refrigerant/freon must be certified and tagged by a professional to be free of refrigerants. Our solid waste carrier will not remove the item without the certificate tag. If the item is a refrigerator/freezer, the doors must be removed before placing them out for collection. This is a safety measure to ensure that children do not get trapped inside.
Residents have the option of taking uncertified appliances to the Fort Bend County Recycling and Environmental Center where they are accepted for a $10 charge. Most likely, appliance stores will take the old appliances with the purchase of new ones.
Residents should take household compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to the Fort Bend County Recycling and Environmental Center or you can take them to any Home Depot. This free service allows customers to bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the associate at the returns desk.
Unacceptable curbside items include automobile parts, dirt, construction debris, concrete, bricks, rocks, roofing materials, metal poles, hazardous materials, lead batteries, motor oil, tires, gasoline, paint, cactus plants with large thorns, landscape timbers over two feet long or fence pickets with nails and large electronic devices (i.e. televisions).