Garbage Service

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Fort Worth provides residential curbside garbage pickup one time per week in the residents choice of three brown cart sizes. The city also offers weekly collection of recycling in the blue carts and yard waste in the green carts. All weekly collections take place on the same day.

Read Rules

Step 1.Rules for garbage pickup

  • All garbage must be contained in garbage bags within the brown cart.
  • The lid must be completely closed.
  • Overstuffed carts will not be picked up.
  • Bags left outside the cart will not be picked up (except city-issued Pay Bags).
  • Place cart so that the handle faces your house and the serial number faces the street.
  • Place cart a few inches from the curb or edge of the street; do not place cart in street.
  • All carts must be placed in front of resident's address for collection.
  • Carts placed at adjacent addresses or across the street will not be collected.

Step 2.Pickup & Retrieve cart schedules for day of service

  • The cart must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on your pickup day.
  • You may set out your cart after 6 p.m. the night before your pickup day.
  • Retrieve cart from curb by midnight on your pickup day.

Step 3.Storage of brown carts

  • City ordinance requires residents to store carts so they can't be seen from a public street while standing in front of the house.

Order cart and supplies

Step 1.Choose the size of your garbage cart based on your family’s size and habits.

  • 32-gallon cart:
    • Good for a family of 1 to 2 people who recycle paper, plastic, metal and glass containers.
    • $12.50 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 150 pounds).
  • 64-gallon cart:
    •   Good for a 3 to 4 person family that recycles.
    •  $17.50 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 200 pounds).
  • 96-gallon cart:
    • Good for a larger family that recycles or for smaller families who choose not to recycle.
    • $22.75 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 250 pounds).

Step 2.How to order your brown cart.

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To order call 817-392-1234.

  • Garbage and Recycling carts belong to the City of Fort Worth.
  • No cost to request a brown cart for the residents of the City of Fort Worth.
  • You may request a different size cart,  once yearly for free.  After that there is a $5 fee charged for size change.
  • Brown carts are associated with your address.
  • If you move residences,  the brown cart must stay to prevent additional charges on your final bill.

Step 3.Expecting more trash than usual this month? Use Pay Bags.

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Pay Bags are available in sets of five for $15 plus tax.

To order call 817-392-1234. Bags will be mailed to you and charged on your water bill.

Or purchase at one of the water bill pay stations at 908 Monroe St.

Fees and Billing

Step 1.Garbage Collection Fees 

Fort Worth is a ‘pay-as-you-throw’ city which means you pay for the level of garbage service used, very similar to other utility services.

Solid waste service fees appear on your Fort Worth water bills as a sanitation fee.

Cart Sizes

  • 32-gallon cart: $12.50 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 150 pounds).
  • 64-gallon cart: $17.50 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 200 pounds).
  • 96-gallon cart:  $22.75 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 250 pounds).

Step 2.Use Pay Bags for more trash than usual.

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Pay Bags are available in sets of five for $15 plus tax.

To order call 817-392-1234. Bags will be mailed to you and charged on your water bill.

Or purchase at one of the water bill pay stations at 908 Monroe St.

 

 

Step 3.Consider recycling for free!

  • Rinsed Cans
  • Clean and dry paper and cardboard
  • Rinsed glass containers
  • Hard Plastic containers rinsed and caped

Contact the Materials Management team at KFWB@fortworthtexas.gov or by calling 817-392-1234 for additional questions.


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

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