Trash Collection Information

Household Trash – 95 gallon blue cart – Pick up every Monday and Thursday

Yard Waste – Yard Trimming Bags – Pick Up every Monday

  • Yard waste must be placed in heavy duty yard trimming bags such as kraft paper or other lawn and leaf refuse bags that are biodegradeable, compostable, and sturdy enough to not break when collected. Yard waste stored in plastic bags will not be collected.

Recycling – 65 gallon gray cart – Pick up every other Monday

Missouri City accepts the following:

    • Metal: Aluminum cans, food trays and foil, steel and tin cans.
    • Plastic: #1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) Examples include disposable soft drink and water bottles. #2. High density polyethylene (HDPE). Examples include milk jugs, liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles. #3. Polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC). Examples include cooking oil bottles, beauty aid products and household cleaners. #4. Low density polyethylene (LDPE). Examples include margarine tubs, frozen dessert cups, six and twelve pack rings. #5. Polypropylene (PP). Examples include syrup bottles, yogurt cups, tubs and ketchup bottles. 7#. Polycarbonate (PC) and polylactide (PLA). Examples include baby bottles, reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers. (tip: many plastic products have a recycling symbol with its number on the bottom)
  • Paper: newspaper, cardboard, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, mail, paperback books, paper bags, chip board, carrier stock, milk, juice cartons and other uncontaminated paper products.

Missouri City does NOT accept the following:

    • Pizza boxes. These are considered contaminated because of the grease.
    • Glass
  • #6. Polystyrene (PS, Styrofoam) NOT ACCEPTABLE AS A RECYCLABLE PRODUCT. Examples include disposable coffee cups, clam-shell take-out containers.

Bulk Waste (Furniture, appliances, other bulky items) – Pick up every other Monday

Trash pickup is automated. Follow these guidelines for service:

  • Place the container in the street with the wheels against the curb. The wheels and handle should point towards your home.
  • Each container requires 5 feet clearance on each side. On days where both recycling and trash are collected, the containers need to be at least 5 feet apart.
  • Yard waste and bulk waste should be at the curb but at least 5 feet away from the containers. (Do not place bulk waste in the gray recycling container.)
  • If disposing of a refrigerator or freezer, the CFCs must be professionally removed before being placed at the curb for pickup.
  • It is recommended that residents not park in the street on collection days to give the trucks room to operate.
  • Put items on the curb no later than 7 AM on pickup days. Waste containers need to be placed out of sight the evening of the pickup day.
  • Per city ordinance, trash may be placed on the curb no earlier than 6PM the evening before a pickup day. Otherwise, the trash and recycling containers must be kept out of sight. If the containers are visible from the street at any other time, that is a city code violation.

More information from the city may be found here.