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Garbage Collection Fees

Cart Sizes

Fort Worth is a ‘pay-as-you-throw’ city which means you pay for the level of garbage service used, very similar to other utility services.

Choose the size of your garbage cart based on your family’s size and habits. The following is a general guide:

  • 32-gallon cart: Good for a family of 1 to 2 people who recycle paper, plastic, metal and glass containers. $12.50 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 150 pounds).
  • 64-gallon cart: Good for a 3 to 4 person family that recycles. $17.50 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 200 pounds).
  • 96-gallon cart: Good for a larger family that recycles or for smaller families who choose not to recycle. $22.75 per month (maximum weight allowed for collection is 250 pounds).

There is no additional charge for recycling.

You may request a different size cart once yearly for free. After that there is a $5 fee charged for size change.

Garbage and Recycling carts belong to the City of Fort Worth. They are associated with your address and must stay when you move to prevent assessment of charges on your final bill.

Solid waste service fees appear on your Fort Worth water bills as a sanitation fee.

Pay Bags


Expecting more trash than usual this month? Pay Bags are available in sets of five for $15 plus tax.

To order call 817-392-1234. Bags will be mailed to you and charged on your water bill. Or purchase at one of the water bill pay stations at 908 Monroe St.

Customer Service

For questions or to report an issue by phone:

The call center is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Assistant Director:
Robert Smouse

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Fort Worth Garbage Collection

Get collection reminders and look up how to dispose of waste on your smartphone with the new City of Fort Worth Garbage & Recycling app.

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City of Fort Worth curbside garbage and recycling services are provided by Waste Management and Knight Waste Services.

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