Yard Waste Collection / Compost Program

Yard waste is collected on designated trash days. All yard waste is composted. Grass clippings and other organic lawn materials are banned from the landfill. Through the composting program with North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the City receives a small amount of compost (approximately 150 cubic feet) free of charge. This compost is available at no cost to non-profit organizations in Allen working on beautification programs. Email the Waste Services Division for more information. 

Residents receive a coupon on the back of the annual Trash and Recycling Guidelines to be used towards the purchase of compost from Texas Pure Products at the Custer Road Transfer Station, 9901 Custer Road in Plano. The Custer Road Transfer Station is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on all major holidays.

Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

  • Place yard trimmings at your trash collection point by 7 a.m. on your designated trash collection day, at least two feet away from trash carts.
  • Use biodegradable paper lawn bags, available at local grocery and home improvement stores. No plastic bags will be collected.
  • Grass clippings, leaves, plant materials and small cuttings must be bagged.
  • Tree and brush trimmings must be tied into 4-foot bundles, weighing no more than 40 lbs. Secure with biodegradable string, twine or rope.
  • No more than seven bundles or fifteen yard waste bags will be collected per week. For excessive yard waste, see guidelines for Large Loose Brush Collection or D-I-Y Options for Residential Yard Trimmings.
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes must be empty, flattened and stacked. Secure them with biodegradable string, twine, or rope.
  • Dirt, gravel, rock, concrete and sod will not be collected.
  • Yard waste bags must placed within two feet of the curb. (See examples below.)


Improper Yard Waste Set Out
Bags are considered to be on private property and will not be collected.
example of proper yard waste set out
Bags are placed within two feet of curb and will be collected.