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Garbage & Recycling Guidelines
Garbage
Automated garbage service is provided twice a week utilizing a 95-gallon grey cart. Only items placed in the cart will be collected.

Program Guidelines

  • Set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day but no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before.
  • Carts should be placed at the base of the curb (where curbs exist) with the cart wheels against the curb. Handles should be facing away from the street. Lids should open to the street.
  • Carts should be placed at least three feet apart to ensure the collection truck can service both carts.
  • Return your cart to your property by the end of the day, after your collection has occurred.
  • Always keep the lid shut.
  • Carts must be stored on your property, in compliance with deed restrictions. Do not store your cart in the alley or on the street.
  • The cart remains the property of the City of Sugar Land. It is yours to use while participating in the program. If you move, leave the cart at the residence.

Recycling

Automated recycle service is provided once a week utilizing a 65-gallon green cart. Only items placed in the cart will be collected. Please follow guidelines on items that are allowed in the cart.

Recycling Program GuidelinesRecycling Program Guidelines 
  • Set your recycle cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day but no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before.
  • Carts should be placed at the base of the curb (where curbs exist) with the cart wheels against the curb. Handles should be facing away from the street. Lids should open to the street.
  • Carts should be placed at least three feet apart to ensure the collection truck can service both carts.
  • Return your cart to your property by the end of the day, after your collection has occurred.
  • Please recycle only the acceptable materials. All recyclable materials may be mixed together inside the cart.
  • Place loose materials in your cart. Do not place any recyclables in plastic bags. Protect recyclables from inclement weather by keeping the lid closed.
  • Only materials in the cart will be collected. Ensure that you flatten and cut cardboard to no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet. Make sure cardboard does not get jammed in your cart prohibiting it from being emptied.
  • Items placed outside of your cart will not be collected. Maximize space in your cart by crushing plastic bottles and aluminum cans, and cutting boxes down.
  • Ensure that all your cans and bottles are empty before recycling them to avoid contamination of other materials.



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