Photo of Arlington neighborhood streetCurrently, Arlington residents set out bagged trash for twice-a-week curbside collection. The bagged trashed is picked up by hand and placed into the back of a trash truck. Workers are exposed to safety risks related to extreme weather, working too close to traffic, and handling trash. These jobs are difficult to fill. Also, the supply of drivers with commercial driver’s licenses who can drive trash trucks is not keeping up with future demand. 
Because of the decreasing labor supply, major solid waste operators are discontinuing manual collection. They plan on relying on automated trucks that can pick up and empty trash carts using a mechanical arm to collect trash faster and safer. Arlington already uses automated trucks for recycle service which uses wheeled bins which are picked up once a week.  
Over the next several months, the City will consider available options to maintain cost-effective and reliable service in the future. A series of public meetings are planned in early 2022 to provide information and answer questions about the future of citywide residential trash collection.  
Please check back to this page to find information, including town hall meeting dates and Frequently Asked Questions. You can also email questions and comments to [email protected]

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting Dates

The following meetings have been conducted. Click here to view the Town Hall presentation. 

Council District 1
January 27, 2022 - 6 pm
Lamar High School Auditorium, 1400 W. Lamar Blvd.

Council District 3
February 9, 2022 - 6 pm
Bob Duncan Center, Main Hall, 2800 S. Center St.

Council District 2
February 16, 2022 - 6 pm
Cliff Nelson Recreation Center, 4600 W. Bardin Rd.

Council District 4
Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 6 pm
Kathryn Wilemon Lakehouse, 6021 W Arkansas Lane 76016

Council District 5
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 6 pm
Downtown Library, ReBrary Room, 100 S. Center St.

Trash Collection Tele Town Hall
March 1, 2022 - 6 pm

Frequently Asked Questions