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Trash Disposal

Atascocita Forest's trash disposal service is provided by Residential Recycling & Refuse of Texas. Trash service is included in residents' water bill through Trail of the Lakes MUD. The MUD is responsible for the trash service contract; the HOA is not involved in trash service in any capacity. Please direct any questions or concerns about trash service to the service company or to Trail of the Lakes MUD.

Please help keep our neighborhood clean! Please refrain from throwing trash out of your vehicles or allowing debris to fly out of the back of your pick-up trucks. Parents, please ask your children to be courteous of our neighborhood and others while walking home and refrain from littering our streets.

Trash Service Information

Residents' trash should be placed at the curb within three (3) feet of the curb by 7:00 AM on trash service days (Mondays & Thursdays). Up to six (6) cans/bags of properly contained household waste each weighing less than 40 pounds will be accepted for weekly pickup. All trash and yard waste should be placed in sturdy plastic bags.

Yard Waste

All branches and tree limbs should be no more than 3 inches in diameter and no longer than four (4) feet in length and tied in small bundles that can be lifted and handled by a single person. Bundles should be no larger than eighteen inches (18") in diameter and weigh no more than forty (40) pounds.

Heavy Trash & Appliances

Bulk items will be picked up on Thursday. There is a limit of one (1) bulk item per household per day.

Appliances, hot water heaters, mattresses, heavy or large volumes of yard waste and other white goods appropriate for disposal should be placed within five feet of the curbside and will be collected on heavy trash days (Thursdays).

Bulk items which are too large for Contractor to put in with the normal weekly pickup may be collected separately upon request.

Party requesting service will be billed separately at a negotiated price depending on size, quantity and handling required to remove and dispose of item(s).

Refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, or items that contain CFC's (Freon), must be properly tagged by certified technician that all Freon has been properly removed in accordance with the Federal Clean Air Act regulations. If items are not tagged, they will be left at curb.

Restricted Items

RRRT will collect and dispose of all your residential refuse unless restricted by law or if the item would cause damage to the collection equipment. Please note any restricted items found in the trash will be reported to the MUD board from RRRT effective 6/24/19.

Restricted items include:

  • Cross ties, logs, or stumps
  • Tires and Car Parts
  • Chemicals of any kind (includes Solvents & paints, Petroleum products, Pool chemicals, Fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides)
  • Hazardous materials and Toxic or radioactive waste
  • Car batteries or Acids
  • Soil, rocks, concrete, and construction materials (includes concrete, large quantities of carpeting, fencing, rolls of carpet or any construction type material or debris)
  • Medical waste, medical sharps, and closed containers
  • Any appliance containing Freon
  • Large pieces of glass (must be broken down in smaller pieces and placed in a closed box and labeled)
  • Large sofas and sleepers over five (5) feet in length and furniture with metal frames and other metal items
  • Improperly contained animal waste (animal waste must be placed in a sealed bag to be serviced)
  • Dead animals
  • Excluded Liquid Waste – Toxic or radioactive waste, Freon, paint, acids, petroleum products or filters are not accepted, cooking oil, or chemicals of any kind.

Recycling Information

Recycling is picked up on Thursday of each week. Items for recycling should be placed in designated blue recycling containers (provided to residents by the waste service company 30-60 days after water account has been set up). Please note that recycling items should be clearly separate from regular trash. If you do not yet have a recycling container, or if you have more recycling items than will fit in the recycling bin, please use clear, white or blue plastic bags for overflow items. Residential Recycling will not collect recycling items that are placed in black bags. Collection workers must be able to visually confirm the bags' contents as recycling material or it will not be picked up. Please note that you are not required to different types of recycling items (e.g. paper, glass, plastic, etc.) into separate containers.

Recyclable Items:

  • Metal items: aluminum cans, "tin" cans, aluminum foil and pans, etc.
  • Paper items: paper bags, newspapers, books, cardboard, etc.
    Please take care to shred any papers containing sensitive personal information
  • Plastic items: plastics 1-7,thin plastic, bottles, jugs, containers, toys, etc. (only exception is Styrofoam in the #6 plastic category)
  • Glass items: jars, bottles, containers, glass dishware, etc.

Although batteries, lightbulbs, and electronics are recyclable, please do not place them in your recycling to be picked up by RRRT. Click here to find a recycling location in Harris county for items not picked up by the waste service company.

Excluded Recyclable Items:

  • Styrofoam, Computer Parts, Electronics, Batteries, Medical Waste, Biohazard, Fireworks, Ceramics, mirrors, porcelain, pottery, commercial glass, light bulbs, wire hangers, paint cans, baby diapers, Used paper towels, paper plates, or napkins, etc.
  • Items that are for commercial use do not fall under the Household Recycling Umbrella.
Recycling Guidelines (PDF)

Trash Service Schedule


In the event that one of the collection days falls on a holiday, the waste service company will collect your trash on the next scheduled service day.

In the event of an "Act of God", trash will be collected the next day.

Residential Recycling & Refuse of Texas
  (866) 516-9805
Email Address    [email protected]
Pickup Days     Monday (regular trash)
  Thursday (regular trash, heavy trash, & recycling)
  New Year's Day
  Thanksgiving Day
  Christmas Day


NO ILLEGAL DUMPING: This is a reminder to residents that the dumpster located in the pool parking lot is NOT FOR PUBLIC USE! This is for PRIVATE USE ONLY! This area is under surveillance, and anyone caught dumping items will be prosecuted!