Collin County has set up two free Saturday trash drop-offs for
residents bringing storm debris to the North Texas Municipal Water
District's landfill in Melissa, in response to last weekend’s tornado
damage. All county residents will be allowed to haul debris to the landfill on
Jan. 9 and 16 at no charge.
Residents need only show a valid drivers license or a
current utility bill with their Collin County address to qualify. Additionally,
workers from the county’s Public
Works Department will be available to help residents unload debris at the
landfill, located at 3820
State Highway 121 North in Melissa, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
The county expanded the free trash drop-off to allow more time
for residents to meet with insurance adjusters for damage estimates from last
weekend’s violent storms. Collin County contracts with the water district to
handle monthly free drop-offs in an effort to eliminate illegal dumping. Another
free trash day is set for Feb. 6.
The landfill does not accept chemicals, paints, all
batteries or anti-freeze, but the vast majority of storm debris should qualify.
Officials ask that residents make sure that all loads are enclosed, covered or
secured to meet landfill safety requirements. Contractors’ construction waster
does not qualify for this program.