"Expose Your Green Side" is the City of Grand Prairie's Curbside Recycling Program available to Grand Prairie residents. It only takes a green bin or a blue bag. Go ahead. Get caught with your bins down. We call it "decent exposure."
- How do I recycle?
- What do I recycle and not recycle?
- When do I recycle?
- Recycling Outside the Bin
- Commercial Bag Service Customers
How do I recycle?
Recycle at the curb once a week on your recycling day by placing recyclable items in the city's green bin and/or blue bag.
Green Bins: New water bill customers get their first green bin free by showing their most recent water bill at one of the locations below (to show that you are paying for a Solid Waste service in Grand Prairie). Additional bins are just $5 each.
- City Landfill, 1102 MacArthur Blvd.
- City Hall - Water Department, 317 College Street
- Prairie Paws Adoption Center, 2222 W. Warrior Trail
- Lake Parks Operations Center, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway
- Fire Station #9, 315 Polo Road
Blue Bags: Blue-opaque plastic bags are available for purchase at local grocery stores and can be used for extra recycling that does not fit in the green recycle bin. View (partial) list of stores that carry blue bags in Grand Prairie.
What do I recycle at the curb?
Place the following items in your green bin and/or blue bag.
- Steel, tin, and aluminum cans. Don't worry about removing the paper labels, but please rinse out all cans.
- Paper items. Newspapers, magazines, coupons, junk mail and envelopes, flattened cereal and cardboard boxes, phone books, etc., will be collected. Cardboard boxes must be flattened and placed under the bin.
- Glass items. All glass bottles, regardless of color, may be recycled. Please rinse all bottles and jars and remove caps and lids. No auto/window glass allowed.
- Plastic items. All plastics marked 1 through 7 are now accepted for recycling. Please look for the number within the recycling symbol on plastic items. You can now recycle your plastic grocery bags too. Styrofoam is not accepted. The lids may be left on but make sure that there are no residual liquids.
Residential Recycling Guidelines
- Residents must use an 18-gallon green bin or clear blue plastic bags for collection of recyclables.
- Recyclables do not need to be separated — bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum cans, steel cans, newspapers, magazines, phone books, junk mail and boxes may go in together.
- Bins may be used for all recyclables. However, brown paper sacks may still be used for paper items such as newspapers, magazines, phone books and junk mail.
- Cardboard boxes need to be flattened and placed under the bin.
What is NOT recyclable at the curb?
- Batteries or electronics
- Hazardous or toxic product containers
- Flower pots, plastic toys
- Frozen food bags
- Plastic and metal hangers
- Light bulbs, drinking glasses, other glassware
- Food and wet waste, food contaminated paper plates and napkins
- Styrofoam containers, Styrofoam peanuts or packing
- Chip bags
- Propane tanks
- Window/ auto glass/ mirrors
- Medical waste such as needles, syringes and lancets.
- Electronics (take to landfill for electronic recycling)
When do I recycle?
Find your recycling day on the map (residential recycling is collected on one of a citizens' regular garbage days).
Set your recycling bin outside before 7 a.m. on your recycling day (but no earlier than 8 p.m. on the day before collection). Return your bin to a convenient location.
Recycling Outside the Bin
If you are interested in recycling items other than paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum or plastic and have a significant amount of such item(s), please visit www.timetorecycle.com, a website sponsored by the North Texas Council of Governments in order to find a place to take your item(s) or visit www.freecycle.org, which is a community supported resource and is free.
Commercial Bag Service Customers
Commercial bag service customers are also eligible to participate in the curbside program by subscribing online. After subscribing, an 18-gallon green plastic bin is delivered to the business within a few weeks. Business recycling will then be picked up curbside once each week. The fee for this convenience is $2 per month.