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City ESD: Innovative improvements coming to curbside recycling collections

On Thursday, City of El Paso officials announced modifications to the Curbside Recycling Program to improve its service delivery by plugging recently identified performance gaps.

“We now have the data to make impactful service improvements in the delivery of recycling collections,” Environmental Services Department Director Ellen Smyth, said. “A cultural change in City management empowering and encouraging us to improve performance by identifying and gaps in processes has enabled us to gather the metrics we need to deliver a more efficient recycling service to our customers.”

When the blue bins were first distributed in 2007, the program lacked a mechanism for tracking the rate at which customers set out their bins and other vital metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of the program.

As a result, recycling collection trucks have been running routes where less than half of the bins are set out for collection, and the majority of those containers placed on the curb are less than a quarter full.

Recycling collections will shift to every other week collections on March 31, as data shows more than half of customers consistently choose to not place their blue bins out on a weekly basis.

Customers will see improved on-time recycling collections through the new operational efficiencies, less wear and tear on streets, and expanded solid waste services through the re-allocations of savings resulting from these changes.

The improved recycling operations will result in approximately $2.6 million in savings that will be invested in expanding and enhancing Citizen Collection Station services. These sites, conveniently located within neighborhoods allow residents the ability to dispose of bulky waste, such as furniture, extra trash, and hazardous household waste at no cost.

Environmental Services is also introducing the Opt-In Program solely for new customers to combat recycling contamination. New customers will be given the option to participate in the curbside recycling program. If they opt-in the program, they will be provided with a bin and a class highlighting items accepted in the recycling program.

Existing Environmental Services Department customers are all grandfathered into the recycling program. To learn more about the recycling program, visit the ESD website.

Environmental Services Department announces Neighborhood Cleanup 2019

The City of El Paso’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) and the Streets and Maintenance Department are teaming up to host the 2019 Neighborhood Cleanup.

This year’s event is set for Saturday, September 28, 2019.

The annual event will take place from 7:30 am to noon in various neighborhoods throughout the community. This event allows El Paso residents to get rid of unwanted items from their homes and yards while making a difference in their community.

Citywide there will be a total of 25 designated cleanup sites, which will include roll-off trash containers where citizens can dispose of large and bulky items such as mattresses, furniture, or yard waste.

Citizens may call 3-1-1 or click here for a listing of cleanup locations in their area; the full list is below.

This cleanup event and other efforts of the Environmental Services Department supports the City of El Paso’s strategic goal to nurture and promote a healthy, sustainable community.

For more information on how you can take part of this event or any future clean up around the city or for locations of Citizen Collection Stations, please visit the ESD’s website or call 3-1-1

Roll-off dumpsters will NOT accept the following items, which may be taken to any of the City’s five Citizen Collection Stations:

  • Tires
  • Household hazardous waste materials (paint, motor oil, and chemicals)
  • E-waste (cell phones, appliances, computers, etc.)
  • Batteries of any kind

Video+Story: Del Valle High duo wins 2019 “Recycle Right, El Paso” Video PSA Contest

On Monday, officials with the City of El Paso’s Environmental Services Department (ESD)announced the winners of the 2019 “Recycle Right, El Paso” Video PSA Contest for high school students.

Students were asked to create a 30-second video public service announcement (PSA) based on the theme “Recycle Right, El Paso.”

The videos focused on recyclable items that are accepted in El Paso, along with attention items not accepted.

A panel of judges from the department’s ESD Earth Day Committee selected the winners.

Winning entries will be televised on CityTV and the City’s YouTube channel.

  • First Place: Brandon Whipple and Noemi Quinonez, Del Valle High School
  • Second Place: Carlos Olivarez and Angelica Valdez, Montwood High School
  • Third Place: Roberto Adame, Del Valle High School

The winning videos can be viewed by clicking play above or via the ESD’s YouTube page.

Environmental Services Invites Residents to Participate in 2019 Great American Cleanup

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) along with various El Paso neighborhood associations and volunteers will come together on Saturday, March 23 to participate in the Great American Clean Up.

This national event, developed by Keep America Beautiful, is the country’s largest organized cleanup, beautification, and community improvement program. An estimated 20,000 communities will participate nationwide.

The citywide event will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and residents are invited join in the community beautification effort. There will be various cleanup sites located throughout El Paso, and roll-off trash containers will be placed at more than 20 locations to make it easy for citizens to dispose of extra household trash and large or bulky items such as mattresses, furniture or yard waste.

Roll-off dumpsters will not be accepting the following items: tires, household hazardous waste materials (paint, motor oil, and chemicals), E-waste (cell phones, appliances, computers, etc.), and batteries of any kind.

Residents can dispose of these materials by taking them to any Citizen Collection Station (CCS) located throughout the city. CCS visitors will need to present a recent water bill and matching I.D.

For more information on how you can take part of this clean up or for CCS locations please visit the ESD website.  Cleanup locations are available at online or by calling 3-1-1.

City’s ESD: Recycle the Grease From Your Thanksgiving Feast

The Environmental Services Department is once again encouraging everyone to recycle used cooking oil and grease whenever possible over the Thanksgiving holiday and never put them down the drain.

ESD officials say that nearly 50 percent of all sewage overflows nationwide are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of fats, oils and grease (FOG), which can clog pipes and wastewater lines, causing messy back-ups and costly repairs.

For small amounts of household grease, residents can wipe the pan with a paper towel and place it in the trash. Small amounts can also be poured into a container to freeze before disposal in grey bins. Whenever possible recycle oil and grease.

Large quantity of greases from frying turkeys should be taken to a Citizen Collection Station.

Starting Saturday, November 24, residents can drop off used cooking oil, fats or grease at the following Citizen Collection Stations (CCS):

  • 3510 Confederate (Far East)
  • 1034 Pendale (East)
  • 4501 Hondo Pass (Northeast)
  • 2492 Harrison (Central)
  • 121 Atlantic (West)

The CCS locations will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. but will be closed November 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Residents will NOT need to provide a water bill to drop off cooking oil. The CCS does not accept cooking oil from business or commercial customers.

Restaurants and food trucks are required to be registered with El Paso Water’s FOG program. For questions on commercial disposal, contact the Environmental Compliance & Industrial Pretreatment department at (915) 594-5729.

For more information, visit the Environmental Services Department at or call 311.

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.

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