FARMERS BRANCH ~ After an absence of 15 years, the new curbside recycling program in Farmers Branch has begun.
When rolled out for pickup, recycling containers should be placed near the same location as garbage collection (curb or alley) behind the curb line.
Carts may be placed out for pickup after 6 p.m. the day before scheduled collection, but no later than 7 a.m. the day of collection, and must be returned to their storage location by 9 a.m. the day after service.
The curbside recycling program is free to Farmers Branch residents.
The new solid waste ordinance requires that carts be hidden from street view, such as in a garage or behind a wood fence. For those that, for whatever reason, cannot store a cart in the garage or backyard, they may store the cart next to the house provided that carts are screened in with opaque fencing in an L-shaped configuration.
There will be a grace period until October 1 for installation of proper screening.
Fines for solid waste ordinance violations will range up to $500.
However, City officials emphasize that residents will have ample opportunity to learn about proper storage and correct any issues. Fines will not be assessed except in cases of multiple repeat violations.
For more information, go to fbrecycles.com or call 972.919.2597.