All of the changes in Dallas' holiday garbage pickup schedule, explained
The holidays affect our lives in Dallas in ways large and small, and that includes our trash pick up.
Due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays, which this year fall on a Monday, the city of Dallas has modified the garbage and recycle collections for all sanitation customers during the weeks of December 25 and January 1.
Nobody goes unscathed.
There will be no garbage or recycle collections on Monday, December 25 or Monday, January 1.
All garbage and recycle collections during these two weeks will be delayed by one day. If your trash usually gets picked up on Monday, it'll come on Tuesday instead. Stay with me here. Tuesday goes to Wednesday, Wednesday goes to Thursday, Thursday goes to Friday, and Friday goes to Saturday.
Technically, for the sanitation workers, it's not really a day off. It's just working on Saturday instead of Monday. This is similar to the situation at CultureMap, where workers get the holiday off, but still need to have stories posted. Sanitation workers, we feel you.
McCommas Bluff Landfill and the city’s transfer stations will also be closed on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1.
Customers are certainly allowed to place their carts out for collection on their normal collection day, if it's too complicated for them to remember. Otherwise they can wait until the following day, when the carts will actually be picked up.
Carts must be set out no later than 7 am on the collection day.
Also, here's a thing: Did you know that you're not supposed to put your trash cart and your recycling cart right smack next to each other? Like my neighbor does? Sanitation requests that you leave a 3-foot space in between the two bins so that their automatic bin arm can get in there and get a handle on the bin. If they're too close, it complicates that process.
Someone needs to send this story to my neighbor, with that portion about the gap between the two bins highlighted.
This change in service does not change the schedule for brush and bulky item collections, which will still occur during the normally scheduled week.
If this story does not sufficiently explain the garbage situation, customers can visit Dallas.gov/Sanitation for more information.