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Environmental Services Offers Tips on Disposing Fall Yard Waste

Autumn is in the air and soon leaves will be covering the ground and officials with the Environmental Services Department have options for residents when it comes to cleaning up.

Officials with the Environmental Services Department (ESD) are asking residents to throw yard waste in the gray bins and not the blue recycle bins.

Additionally, ESD is also encouraging residents to utilize any of their five CCS sites this fall season to drop off any extra yard waste.

The Citizen Collection Stations are public drop-off sites for trash, household hazardous waste, bulky items, and recyclables.

These sites are free to residents with a recent El Paso water bill and matching I.D. Residents do not need a water bill to drop off recyclables.

All CCS sites offer many services to the public. Residents can pick up free reusable paint, mulch and reusable household products. They are also equipped with a Community Tool Shed, which allows residents to borrow yard tools such as rakes, shovels, and even lawnmowers for a maximum of five days.

To use the Community Tool Sheds, residents must be 18 years or older and have an I.D.


There are five CCS sites conveniently located in El Paso:

  • Far East – 3510 Confederate
  • Eastside – 1034 Pendale
  • Northeast – 4507 Hondo Pass (entrance off Stahala)
  • Central – 2492 Harrison
  • Westside – 121 Atlantic

For more information on Citizen Collection Stations and the services provided, visit the ESD webiste or call 311.

Environmental Services Department Hosts 2018 TxSWANA ‘Road-e-o’ Saturday

The Environmental Services Department will host the 2018 TxSWANA Road-e-o heavy equipment and truck operator skilled competition starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Cohen Stadium.

TxSWANA is the Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and consists of more 400 individual members from various areas of the Solid Waste Industry.

The premier event allows drivers from across the state to display their skills and talents in operating heavy equipment machines. It features 12 different skilled competitions including dozer, automated side loader, tractor-trailer, compactor and rear loader.

Participating cities include El Paso, Plano, Denton, New Braunfels, Denton, Lubbock, Houston, Tyler, University Park, Irving, and Garland.

The event creates a unique opportunity for the public to see large trucks and equipment operated by skillful and experienced drivers in a safe and organized setting. In addition, it allows competitors the chance to network with their peers across the state.

The winner and runner-up from each competition will be eligible to compete at the 2018 SWANA National Road-e-o in Denver, Colorado.

The competition is held every year in different cities and this year, the City of El Paso was selected as the host city. This the second time the City of El Paso has been selected to host the event, the first was in 2014.

The 2018 TxSWANA Road-e-o is free and open to the public.


Environmental Services Department Introduces New Mascot: “Bleu” The Recycling Robot

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) officially introduces the community to the newest addition of the family – “Bleu”, the curbside recycling robot.

The ESD is introducing him as a family-friendly way to reach out and educate the community about recycling. Bleu is ready to champion recycling and solid waste collection by offering free recycling presentations at outreach events such as schools, community fairs, and learning centers as well as civic, social and business organizations.

Residents can stop by and meet Bleu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ESD’s Earth Day Celebration Event on Saturday, April 7, at 7969 San Paulo.

Standing a little more than four feet tall, Bleu is an interactive robot. He talks, twists and turns, moves his arms and can clench his hands to give fist bumps. He also moves his eyes and eyebrows, and his lid opens.

The curbside recycling robot is determined to educate everyone about recycling and its importance, as well as reducing waste.

Bleu is available for outreach events by calling 3-1-1 or sending an email to the Environmental Services Department Training and Public Programs Division at

ESD Encourages Residents to use Citizen Collection Stations during Spring Cleaning

With the official start of spring, the Environmental Services Department (ESD) is making spring cleaning easy as 1, 2, 3 by encouraging residents to drop off extra trash, pick up reusable items and borrow yard tools at one of the City’s Citizen Collection Stations (CCS).

The stations are public drop-off sites that provide a variety of services such as trash and recycling disposal, reusable paint and mulch pick up and yard tool borrowing.

The sites are free to residents who a pay a solid waste fee on their El Paso Water Utilities bill.  For more information on Citizen Collections Stations, visit the Environmental Services Department website or call 3-1-1.

Spring Cleaning at a CCS is as easy as 1..2..3:

  1. Drop Off – Extra trash, yard waste, oil and recyclables
  2. Pick Up – Free items such as mulch, reusable household products and reusable paint. Also, repurposed items can be picked up from the CCS at 3510 Confederate
  3. Borrow – Yard tools such as lawn mowers, shovels and rakes.

There are five Citizen Collection Stations located throughout the city:

  • Far Eastside – 3510 Confederate
  • Eastside – 1034 Pendale
  • Northeast – 4507 Honda Pass
  • Central – 2492 Harrison
  • Westside – 121 Atlantic

City Encourages Residents Recycle Live Holiday Trees

This holiday season, the Environmental Services Department (ESD) is asking residents to recycle their live holiday trees or other recyclables starting Tuesday, December 26, at all five Citizen Collection Stations (CCS).

There is no charge to recycle holiday trees. The fresh trees will be recycled and turned into mulch, which will then be available, free of charge, to all residential customers. The ESD asks residents to remove all decorative items before dropping off a tree.

The Citizen Collection Stations will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, but will open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26. The CCS are located at:

  • 3510 Confederate
  • 1034 Pendale
  • 121 Atlantic
  • 4501 Hondo Pass
  • 2492 Harrison

Holiday Recyclables

Besides fresh trees, residents are also encouraged to recycle their cardboard gift boxes, wrapping paper and holiday cards, all of which are accepted in their blue recycling bins.

Materials that cannot be recycled include metallic wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and foam. These items should be placed in the gray bin.

For more information on the Citizen Collection Stations or other services offered by Environmental Services, please visit the department’s website or call (915) 212-6000 or 3-1-1.