The Solid Waste Division manages city trash collection and disposal, including recycling services and household hazardous waste (HHW) disposal. The division offers public education on environmental programs and provides staff support to the Keep Allen Beautiful board. It also publishes the Annual Trash and Recycling Guidelines.
Recycle Your Old Mercury Thermostat
The City of Allen’s Engineering Department administers the TPDES program that offers a recycling option for mercury-containing thermostats.
The average wall thermostat contains four grams of mercury, or the equivalent of 800 compact fluorescent lights. Mercury is a heavy metal that can be a threat to human health and the environment.
Citizens can deliver intact old thermostats to the front desk of Allen City Hall or to the Engineering Dept for recycling free of charge. The used devices are sent to Thermostat Recycling Corp., an industry-funded nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va.