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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, followed by 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 to residents of Collin County and the Solid Waste Member Cities which consist of: 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 Parkway TS are strategically located to provide efficient municipal solid waste collection within the service area.

During the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year (October 2013- September 2014), the NTMWD safely disposed of more than 835,000 tons of commercial and municipal waste. The NTMWD Solid Waste Member Cities accounted for 71 percent of the tonnage disposed; outside customers (including private haulers) contributed the remaining 29 percent.

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 a drivers license and a current water bill. Additional details about this program are found in the Acceptable Waste Handout below. 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.




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View the Acceptable Waste Handout Download PDF

View the Solid Waste Disposal Process Download PDF