DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Garbage and Recycling Tips for Windy Days
The windy season is upon us. The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department is asking residents to help do their share to reduce wind-blown debris on severe weather days.During times of severe windy weather – when winds reach or exceed 30 mph – please do not take your recycling bins out to the curb.
The Environmental Services Department is asking residents to wait until their next regularly scheduled pick-up day to place their recycling bins out for collection. Materials placed inside the blue recycling bins are not bagged, which makes it easy for them to scatter all over the street if recycling bins are tipped over by strong winds.
Recyclables should not be bagged! Plastic bags are not among the items recycled through the City’s curbside collection program. Plastic bags should be reused or returned to stores that recycle them.
Household garbage should always be taken to the curb on your collection day. Trash placed in the gray bins is not as likely to blow away on windy days if knocked out of the container because the GARBAGE SHOULD ALWAYS BE BAGGED.
Here are some more garbage and recycling tips for windy days:
- If possible, on windy days keep garbage and recycling bins secure until pick-up;
- Mark your address on your bins. This can help if you have to locate your bins should they get blown away;
- Haul your trash and recycling bins away from the curb as soon as they are emptied to keep them from being blown onto the roadways.
For more information about trash and recycling services during severe windy weather the public may call (915) 621-6700.