Businesses, industries, and residents in all communities
generate municipal solid waste, more commonly known
as trash and garbage. The most environmentally sound
management of municipal solid waste disposal is
achieved by source reduction through recycling,
composting, and disposal in municipal solid waste
landfills. Municipal solid waste landfills are engineered
facilities that are located, designed, operated, and
monitored to ensure compliance with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality regulations.
The NTMWD provides municipal solid waste disposal
services for residents of Collin County and five Solid
Waste Member Cities including Allen, Frisco, McKinney,
Plano, and Richardson.
The NTMWD owns and operates the 121 Regional
Disposal Facility (121 RDF) in Melissa, which is
estimated to meet the solid waste disposal needs of
the cities served for at least 40 years. The 121 RDF is included
in the North Central Texas Council of Governments
Solid Waste Master Plan.
The NTMWD operates three municipal solid waste
transfer stations (TS) to regionalize the labor and
operating costs of transporting municipal solid waste
to the 121 RDF for safe and proper disposal. At these
transfer stations, municipal solid waste is unloaded from city and
private collection vehicles and then reloaded onto larger
long-distance transport vehicles for delivery to the
121 RDF. The Custer Road TS, Lookout Drive TS, and
Plano Parkway TS are strategically located to provide
efficient municipal solid waste collection within the
During the 2011-12 Fiscal Year (October 2011-
September 2012), the NTMWD safely disposed of more
than 722,000 tons of commercial and municipal waste.
The NTMWD Solid Waste Member Cities accounted for
75 percent of the tonnage disposed; outside customers
(including private haulers) contributed the remaining
As a benefit to residents of the NTMWD Solid Waste Member
Cities, Citizen’s Convenience Centers are available for
disposal of materials twice monthly with proof of residency
and a current water bill. The Citizen’s Convenience Centers
are located at each of the three transfer stations and at the 121 RDF.
To further protect the environment, NTMWD also provides
a collection site for used motor oil and used oil filters at
the Citizen’s Convenience Centers.
Solid Waste System Members
View the Acceptable Waste Handout
View the Solid
Waste Disposal Process