Changes to City of Waco Brush Pick Up Rules effective March 1, 2020

By Anna Dunbar

Hey, Wacoans! The Waco City Council has approved some changes to the city’s solid waste ordinance, effective March 1, 2020.  These changes were made in order to reduce residential curbside clutter throughout the city without increasing collection fees. Here is a summary of what the ordinance says:

  • Each household is allowed twice a Month Residential Curbside Brush Pickup (4’X4’X4’ pile) with NO increase in cost.
  • Up to two Green Cart Collections twice a month during “green weeks”
  • Curbside Brush cannot be larger than 3” in diameter
  • Brush to be placed on resident’s property not in street or on top of water meter
  • Only brush (No other trash) on piles awaiting transport to landfill
  • Limit of 20 paper bags (not plastic) with yard waste permitted
  • Brush larger than 4X4X4 must be taken to the landfill by resident or a commercial hauler (a list of haulers is available on our website)
  • Four free trips to the landfill and four free trips to the Citizen Collection Station each year with proof of residency
  • No limits on trips to Citizen Convenience Center with household recyclables only.
  • Additional Curbside collection during Council District Cleanup Days
  • Following major storm damaged the Mayor can designate additional brush collection plans for specific areas and a specific time.

In the future, more information will be available to Waco residents on as well as social media. Information will also be found in the water bill, the city’s newsletter, and the local news media. Please call (254) 299-2612 if you have additional questions. Thank you for keeping Waco clean and green!

Anna Dunbar is the Solid Waste Administrator for the City of Waco Solid Waste Services. She is responsible for informing Waco residents and businesses about recycling and waste reduction opportunities as well as solid waste services in Waco. Her husband is a Baylor professor and her daughter is a Baylor University alum who works at Horizon Environmental Services, Inc. Anna is an active member of Keep Waco Beautiful and The Central Texas Audubon Society.

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  1. Vicky Mazanec on February 13, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Is there a fine for noncompliance? (Asking for a friend 😉

  2. Andrew Lopez on February 14, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Will you track the savings over the next year? I would hate to see that we sacrificed the public’s participation in keeping property
    Cleared of broken limbs and dying trees. We can’t control what the harsh weather conditions do.
    I see a lot of individuals in this town that can’t afford to pay someone to haul it off. So it will remain until they get around to it. Plus I don’t believe the city can fine you for allowing your dead trees and limbs to decay on one’s property. It’s not like tall grass.

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