Drop-off Stations


Drop-off stations are open to Fort Worth homeowners and some renters for disposal of trash, brush, recyclables, household chemicals and donated items. To use a drop-off station, show a recent Fort Worth water bill or current driver’s license with a Fort Worth address to prove you have an active sanitation account. Renters with a Fort Worth address may use drop-off stations if they have a current Fort Worth water bill. Apartment renters may use the stations for recyclables only.


Step 1.What type vehicle is allowed?

  • Only single-axle trailer loads are accepted at drop-off stations
  • No commercial or dual-axle trailers allowed.
  • Residents without a personal pickup or trailer are allowed to rent only single-axle trailers (such as U-Haul, Home Depot, Lowe’s or other rental companies) for transporting materials to drop-off stations.

Landscapers and contractors must dispose of waste at a permitted mulching or compost site.

Residents must unload their own materials and place them in the appropriate waste container, with the exception of household chemicals. These will be unloaded and hauled by on-site city staff.

Step 2.What's Accepted?

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  • Bagged garbage
  • Single stream recyclables, including all clean and dry paper items:
    • newspaper, magazines, catalogs
    • junk mail cardboard boxes
    • chip-board
    • office paper
    • aseptic milk
    • juice and soup cartons
    • rinsed and empty plastic containers (# 1 through # 7, except Styrofoam)
    • glass, steel and aluminum containers and cans
    • clean single-use plastic bags or package wrap films (# 4).
  • Scrap metal materials, including:
    • materials from fences, gutters
    • rebar,
    • mailboxes
    • baking or cooking sheets
    • pots, pans and skillets
    • car parts.
  • Bulky trash (larger than a residential trash cart)
    • including broken furniture
    • vacuums, mops or brooms
    • framed mirrors or paintings
    • glass windows or doors
    • patio umbrellas
    • small bookshelves
    • lamps, chairs, tables
    • mattresses and box springs.
  • Clean brush and yard trimmings
  • Passenger vehicle tires, limited to four per household every six months.
  • Minor do-it-yourself (DIY) residential remodeling debris, limited to 10 cubic yards every 30 days.
  • Appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners that do/do not contain Freon or other coolants.
  • Small lawn and garden equipment without all liquids, with gasoline or oil drained.
  • Electronics and computers, including televisions - limit two every six months.
  • New: Household chemicals and products:
    • such as automotive fluids (gasoline, motor oil, transmission fluids, brake fluid and antifreeze in labeled containers)
    • all batteries (household and auto),
    • home and bathroom chemicals
    • cooking oil, lawn/garden chemicals (herbicide, pesticides and fertilizers)
    • pool chemicals
    • light bulbs (fluorescent, incandescent, CFLs)
    • paint (limit 20 gallons per household every 90 days.)
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • New: Free secure paper shredding, now offered by the City of Fort Worth to residents every day.
    • Secure shred carts have been installed at all four of the city’s drop-off stations.
    • Residents can bring up to three boxes per visit and up to six boxes every 30 days of personal, sensitive documents to be securely shredded.
    • Boxes should weigh no more than 40 pounds each.
  • New:Styrofoam is now being accepted at all of the drop-off stations. Items that can be recycled include:
    • cups
    • coolers
    • foam ice chests
    • to-go food containers
    • egg cartons
    • rigid packaging such as Styrofoam that’s used for shipping and packing items such as electronics.
    • Ensure food containers are empty, clean and dry.

Step 3.Donated materials accepted

Donated materials include, but are not limited to

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  • All clothes, textiles, accessories (belts, purses or ties), and paired shoes.
  • Large appliances, such as washers, dryers and refrigerators. Items can be workin or non-working.
  • Small appliances and electrical household items, such as:
    • microwaves
    • toasters
    • blenders
    • electric skillets
    • electronic toys
    • stereos
    • record players
    • clock radios
    • iPods or routers.
    • Donated items must be in working condition.
  • Electronics such as:
    • televisions (limit of two every six months, per house),
    • VCRs, video games or consoles
    • cameras (digital, 35mm, 110, etc.)
    • cassette tapes
    • CDs and DVD players
    • cell phones
    • fax machines
    • uninterrupted power supplies (UPS).
  • Computers and technology, including:
    • iPads or tablets, laptops
    • PDAs
    • printers
    • hard drives
    • zip drives
    • copiers
    • >central processing units (CPUs).
  • Furniture, including:
    • tables, chairs, lamps
    • bed frames (no mattresses, pillows or linens)
    • dressers and chests of drawers.
  • Miscellaneous household items such as:
    • toys and board games
    • plates, glasses, mugs and flatware.

If you need to dispose of an item not specifically listed above, call 817-392-1234 for more information.


Not Allowed

Step 1.What type vehicle and material is not allowed?

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  • Loads that are not properly tarped, secured or covered.
  • Dual-axle trailers are not allowed to access the drop-off stations, only single axle trailers are allowed.
  • Commercial labeled vehicles or commercial/business waste or materials.
  • Landlord-based residential waste from Fort Worth rental properties. These items are accepted at the city’s Southeast Landfill for minimum one-ton rate or per-ton fee for larger loads.
  • Concrete, rock, dirt and ceramic tile.
  • Loose trash or leaves.
  • Explosives or ammunition. For proper disposal of these items, call 817-392-4222.
  • Roofing material (residential or commercial). Landfill disposal sites are available for these items.
  • Asbestos.
  • PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyl.
  • Oxygen, C02, butane, helium or propane tanks.
  • Radioactive items such as oilfield pipes or smoke detectors.
  • Titled vehicles such as mopeds, motorcycles, or jet skis.
    • Vehicles must be taken to the Goodwill Center at 4005 Campus Drive, or
    • Coordinated for pickup by Goodwill directly at 866-492-2770.
  • New: Designated office supplies and private documents which include:
    • metal clips, binders
    • CDs, DVDs, floppy disks
    • photos
    • credit cards
    • plastic of any kind.
    • No documents with name and address only; these should be recycled.

Step 2.Restrictions

  • Tenants of apartment complexes may use the drop off stations for single-stream recyclables only.
  • To have access to the facility, all loads must be tarped, secured or covered with no loose debris. Loads not tarped, secured or covered will be turned away.
  • All items and materials for disposal must come from the account holder residence only.
  • Children under 12 years old are not allowed outside the vehicle.
  • Pets are not allowed outside of the vehicle.
  • No smoking is allowed within the drop off stations.

Step 3.Hazardous Waste

Cities who are participating members of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), as well as Fort Worth multi-family/apartment tenants, must continue to use the Environmental Collection Center located at 6400 Bridge St.

Step 4.Free Mulch

Fort Worth residents may pick up free mulch at any of the three drop-off stations. Piles are clearly labeled, and are self-serve. Bring a sturdy container and a shovel. If you use a pickup truck, you must use a tarp to cover the load to prevent litter while driving. Mulch protects plants from temperature extremes, deters weed growth and helps retain moisture so you can water less often.

Step 5.Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping and littering is a crime. To report illegal dumping sites, call 817-392-1234. If you observe illegal dumping occurring, call the Non-Emergency Police Dispatch at 817-392-4222 to assist with catching the criminals in action.


Step 1. Locations for Drop-Off

You may also take brush to a city drop-off station to avoid extra pickup fees.


Brennan Drop-off Station
2400 Brennan Ave.

Southeast Drop-off Station
5150 Martin Luther King Freeway

Old Hemphill Road Drop-off Station
6260 Old Hemphill Road

Hillshire Drop-off Station (North Service Center)
301 Hillshire Dr.


8 a.m.-6 p.m.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


Drop Off Station English(PDF, 782KB)  Drop Off Station Spanish(PDF, 928KB)

Step 2.Optional for disposal of materials.

Food Scrap Composting Program

Fort Worth residents now have the opportunity to turn even more waste into resources by collecting their food scraps, which can be processed into compost — a rich soil nutrient. When composted, food scraps are diverted from your garbage cart, helping to preserve the life of the city’s landfill.

Check out how you can participate in the Food Scrap Composting program

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth


The City of Fort Worth and Goodwill Industries have recently expanded on their successful partnership to include an Attended Donation Center within each of the city's drop-off stations to help reduce and divert reusable items from landfills and into the hands of individuals who can benefit from giving them a second life. Goodwill relies upon the sales of donated items to create local jobs and fund workforce training programs for people with disabilities, disadvantages and other barriers to employment. Residents who have items to donate will be guided to the Goodwill area for unloading assistance by employees located at the check-in window of the drop-off station.

City of Fort Worth curbside garbage and recycling services are provided by Waste Management and Knight Waste Services.

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