Special Waste

The average Texas household produces approximately 15 pounds of household hazardous waste per year. To help you to properly dispose of these materials, the city provides collection of various materials in our special waste program. Additionally, some of these materials can be taken directly to the Hunter Ferrell Landfill.
Irving's Solid Waste Services provides curbside collection of special waste to Irving residents at no additional charge. Special waste is considered to be small quantities of the following items:
  • Household paint
  • Used motor oil (R)
  • Used oil filters (R)
  • Antifreeze (R)
  • Vegetable oil (R)
  • Transmission fluid (R)
  • Automotive tires (R)
  • Lead acid automotive batteries (R)
  • Sharps / needles
(R) = denotes materials that are recycled.
Directions for Special Waste Disposal
Special waste collections are provided on your regularly scheduled refuse and garbage collection day. Please follow the directions below and place a few feet away from your regular garbage. Call Solid Waste Services at (972) 721-2232 to inform them of your special waste for collection. Directions for special waste disposal are as follows:
  • Household paint must be put in sealed containers, preferably the original container, no larger than five gallons in size. No more than 15 gallons should be disposed of at any one time.
  • Used motor oil must be put in a container less than one gallon in size with a secure lid or cap. No more than five gallons should be disposed of at any one time.
  • Used oil filters should be placed in clear sealed plastic bags. No more than five filters should be disposed of at any one time.
  • Antifreeze and transmission fluid must be put into a one-gallon container, preferably the original container. No more than five gallons should be disposed of at any one time.
  • Vegetable oil, also known as yellow grease, is acceptable. This refers to vegetable-based cooking oils such as sunflower, cottonseed, peanut and canola oil. This does not include animal fats such as bacon grease, also known as brown grease. Place your vegetable oil, once cool, in the original container or in a one-gallon container(s) with a screw-top lid to prevent spillage.
  • Automotive tires should be from a passenger car or light truck only. Tires should be disposed of in the quantity of five at any one time, no more than 14 in a calendar month. On the 15th tire, a $13 collection fee is assessed plus a $1 fee per tire for every tire.
  • Lead acid automotive batteries should be from a passenger car or light truck only. No more than three can be disposed of at any one time.
  • Residents are required to place all hypodermic needles in a container that cannot be punctured, such as an empty coffee can, plastic milk jug, or soda bottle with lid placed securely on the container and taped closed. Call Solid Waste Services at (972) 721-2232 to arrange for a special pickup.
  • Chemicals or flammable materials (e.g., gasoline, household cleaners, pool chemicals, etc.) or waste that is considered hazardous, unidentifiable or questionable will not be collected by the Special Waste Collection Vehicle. Dallas County residents should call the Home Chemical Collection Center at (214) 553-1765 for more information on how to properly dispose of household hazardous materials.
Additional Information 
If you have any questions, please call Solid Waste Collections at (972) 721-8059.