If you currently have unauthorized trash and recycling bins you will have until October 1, 2019, to return them before getting charged a fee.

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department amnesty period begins today, September 18 and will continue through October 1, 2019. After this amnesty period, the city will begin collecting a new $25 fee for unauthorized trash and recycling bins.

Each household is provided to have one gray bin and one blue bin while unauthorized bins are those containers not reflected in a customer’s monthly bill. Each additional gray bin is available for $19 plus tax per month and blue bins are limited to one per household.

According to the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department , they retrieved approximately 6,000 unauthorized bins from residents’ homes last year resulting in approximately $300,000 in savings for the City. The bins were also reused replacement bins for households with damaged trash or recycling containers.

During the 2-week amnesty period, residents may request a free bin pickup via:

  • The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department Works for You app (available on both Android and IOS),
  • Online HERE
  • Or by calling 915-212-6048

Customers may also return unauthorized bins by taking them to any Citizen Collection Station located throughout El Paso:

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