Solid Waste (Trash) & Recycling Collection 

Republic Services

On January 13, 2015, the City Council of the City of Dickinson selected Republic Services of Houston as the new exclusive solid waste provider for residents and businesses in the City of Dickinson. Republic Services began providing service to all residential and commercial customers in the City of Dickinson on March 1, 2015. For missed collections, Contact Republic Service's customer support center at (800) 234-7481.


Service Dates & Time

 If you live West of the Union Pacific railroad, your Pickup Days are on a Tuesday/Friday schedule.
 If you live East of the Union Pacific railroad, your Pickup Days are on a Monday/Thursday schedule. Filled containers need to be placed at curbside by 7:00 am on each collection day.

  • All residential Recycling collection services are provided on a weekly basis each Wednesday.

Bulky Waste

Bulk trash is collected at curbside along with the regular trash pickup once each month, on the fourth Thursday or Friday (based on your regularly scheduled day) of the month. Bulk trash is defined as anything that would be unreasonable for a single person to safely handle, but does not include green waste. If you have something that requires two people to put it in a truck, please wait until your scheduled bulky waste day to set the item at your curb.


Green Waste

Green waste is collected at curbside on the second regular trash pickup of each week. On those days, trash is collected on the first pass, and green waste is collected separately later that same day. All Green Waste bags must be biodegradable and nothing but plant material, grass, leaves, twigs, etc. may be placed inside the bags. If you do not wish to use a bag, you may place loose green waste in a clean tote, provided that it is not mixed with trash. Large green waste such as tree branches must be tied in small bundles, not to exceed 4 foot in length, and with individual branches not exceeding 4 inches in diameter. Bundles must be easily handled by a single person, so they must not exceed 50lbs; to help avoid unnecessary injuries during handling, smaller bundles are strongly preferred. Additionally, customers may deliver green waste directly to the Living Earth (LETCO) facility on FM 1266 (view the flyer for more information).


 All recyclable materials may be placed loose inside the 64-gallon recycling poly cart. 

  • Acceptable Recyclables:

     Corrugated cardboard, Cereal boxes, Paper, Envelopes, Magazines, White or colored office paper, Clean juice boxes, School paper, Catalogs, Junk mail, Newspaper, Glass, Plastics (numbers 1-5 & 7 only), Bi-metal cans (food cans), Aluminum cans.
  • Unacceptable Recyclables:

     Light bulbs, 
    Paint/Solvent containers, Hangers, Mirrors, Tissue,Styrofoam, Window glass, Soiled/dirty pizza boxes, Batteries, Tires, Plastic bags.
  • Tires: On the first Friday of every month, any Galveston County resident - not just Dickinson residents - may drop off up to 5 tires for recycling at the Dickinson Public Works building at 3120 Deats Road. The monthly recycling event is held from 7:00am until 10:30am, and is for residential use only, not for commercial disposal. Residents must be able to load and stack tires into the recycling trailer, as assistance will not be available. On Fridays that fall on a holiday, the tire recycling will take place the following Friday.

Costs and Billing

Residential service includes recycling at no additional cost, and is based on both the age of the primary resident (residents 60 years of age or older are eligible for senior discounts), and whether a Republic Services tote (trash cart) is used. Please reference the table below. For commercial services, Contact Republic Services directly at (800) 234-7481.

Basic Service (no tote) $18.04
Basic Service (1 tote) $19.98
Senior/Basic Service (no tote) $16.67
Senior/Basic Service (1 Tote) $18.58
Senior/Disabled Basic Service/Backdoor (no tote) $16.67
Senior/Disabled Basic Service/Backdoor (1 tote) $18.58

Frequently Asked Questions

Q -   Will bagged trash outside of the cart be collected?
A -   Bagging trash prevents spills during the collection process, so City prefers that all garbage be contained in a trash receptacle. However, non-bagged trash will be collected if reasonable.

Q -   Can I use a trash container that I personally own?
A -   Yes, but only if you own the container.  Republic Services will not service containers that are owned by other solid waste service providers.

Q -   I do not want trash service. May I cancel it?
A -   No. City ordinance requires that all residential and commercial addresses in the city pay for and maintain solid waste collection services with Republic Services

Q -   May I use the recycling cart for trash?
A -   No; recycling carts are only to be used for recycling. Trash placed in recycling carts will not be picked up. If you would like a trash cart and have not yet received one, contact Republic Services directly at (800) 234-7481 to request one.
Q -   How big are the Republic trash carts and recycling carts?
A -   Trash carts provided by Republic Services are wheeled 96-gallon carts, and are blue with blue lids.  Recycling carts provided by Republic Services are wheeled 64-gallon carts, and are blue with dark green lids.
Q -   What if I need an extra trash or recycle cart?
A -   Extra trash carts are available and can be ordered through Republic Services. The extra cart fee is $5.00 per month per cart. A maximum of two carts per residence is allowed without City permission. As a part of the service, each resident will be provided one 64 gallon recycle poly cart. Additional carts are available upon request through Republic Services, at no additional cost. A maximum of two carts per residence is allowed without City permission.

Q -  
I do not want the recycling poly cart that was dropped off at my address.  What should I do?
A -   Contact Republic Services at (800) 234-7481 and instruct them to collect the cart. Note, however, that items that are not placed in the provided Republic recycling poly cart will not be recycled, regardless of the style of container that is used or when the items are placed curbside. Additionally, if you have your tote picked up and then wish for it to be redelivered to you, a tote redelivery charge will apply.

Q -   How quickly can I receive a replacement or additional container?
A -   Replacement or additional containers should be delivered within one week from the date of request, and usually occurs much sooner. If the replacement is due to a container being damaged, that container will be removed at the same time.

Q -   Nobody in my household is physically able to take our trash to the curb. What can we do?
A -   Republic Services offers a "Back Door Pickup" service for such homes, and at no additional cost. The person picking up the trash will retrieve your trash can, empty it, and return it to its original location by your house. Note that this service is only for homes in which nobody is able to take the trash to the curb, and the service is not automatically provided (nor is it excluded) based solely on the age of the residents.

Have questions or need additional information?
Call Republic Services at (800) 234-7481

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