Arlington Residents Asked to Follow These Steps to Help Protect Garbage, Recycling Collection Crews
By Jennifer Shaver, Garbage and Recycling Division
Posted on March 31, 2020, March 31, 2020

Garbage collection

Editor's Note: This article was originally published March 19, was updated April 6 to reflect that Republic Services has resumed weekly curbside bulk pick up.  

The City of Arlington and Republic Services would like to thank our residents for their patience and understanding while crews work diligently to collect the additional curbside trash generated with so many families practicing social distancing at home. Current residential volumes are up 40 percent.

During this time we would like to remind our residents to please bag all curbside trash to keep crews safe while handling household wastes. In order to focus on the increase residential volume and to keep our curbs clean, Republic Services will temporarily stop collecting bulk, brush and limb debris curbside through April 7, 2020, and will be tagging any of these items to educate residents on these temporary changes. We continue to monitor collection routes and the health and safety of our collection crews on a day to day basis and will communicate any changes in curbside collection through our website and social media pages.

To Protect Garbage Collection Crews

Please place all trash in tightly secured plastic bags.

Please DO NOT:

  • Do not place trash in boxes or other unsecured receptacles.
  • Do not place trash into any type of container. Only trash bags are acceptable curbside.
  • Do not place bulk and yard waste out for collection at this time. Due to the expected increase in residential trash volumes, crews must focus on collecting normal household materials that pose a health risk to the community.
  • Do not place grass in bags. Grass clippings are not collected at the curb. Consider mowing them back into your yard for beneficial nitrogen.

To Protect Recycling Crews

  • Please continue to place your recycle materials loosely into your recycle bins.

  • Please DO NOT bag your recycle materials. It takes additional work for recycling crews to de-bag these materials. De-bagging materials can also pose a health risk to employees.

The City of Arlington is in constant communication with Republic Services and we will continue to keep our residents updated on any impacts to curbside collection services throughout the pandemic. Residents with questions may email us at [email protected] or call the Action Center at 817-459-6777. Please visit the city's coronavirus webpage at to stay up to date with closings and virus related service impacts.

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