Garbage Management & Recycling

Trash rate increase

As part of the City’s contract with its trash service provider, AmeriWaste, there is a yearly increase to garbage rates based on the Consumer Price Index and Fuel costs for the previous year. Beginning May 1, 2020, the garbage rates will increase in accordance to the contract.  The new cost for residents will be $18.26 per month, which is an increase of $0.35.The rate change maintains current services for customers with trash pickup twice a week and recycling pickup once a week.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of March 30, all  trash MUST be bagged before being placed in a bin or it will not be picked up. All recyclables MUST be bagged in clear, clear blue, or white bags before they are placed in the recycle cart. This will ensure workers are protected from direct contact from trash and waste during the collection process. Receptacles with loose items will not be emptied. For questions or concerns, contact the City’s Solid Waste Coordinator Ann Williams at 281 554-1411.

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AmeriWaste League City, Inc. is the primary trash provider for League City’s 32,000 plus residential and commercial customers. To make trash pickup more efficient, the City has three trash zones. Use the interactive map below to check your trash and recycling pickup days by address. The zone boundaries are set based on major roadways to make it easier for residents to determine which zone they live in.

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Trash and Recycle Bins
  1. Heavy Trash
  2. Non-Serviceable Items
  3. Hazardous Waste
  4. Recycling
  5. Do’s and Don’ts
  6. Helpful Links & Resources

Heavy Trash

Your heavy trash day is  the second collection day of the week, heavy trash includes all green waste (bagged grass clippings, bundled and tied tree limbs). 


Heavy trash service is provided on resident’s second trash service day.

Heavy trash service guidelines:

  • Set your heavy trash items out by 7 a.m. on your collection day, but no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before.
  • Place heavy trash items curbside with at least four feet from other objects.
  • Shall not include items or materials which cannot be safely lifted and placed upon a truck by 2 people.
  • Shall include household appliances such as furniture, washing machines, dryers, stove and the like (excluding refrigerators, freezers, A couch on the curbside waiting to be picked up for trashtelevisions, and computers).
  • Green waste is collected on the second pick-up day.
  • Leaves and woody material items will not be picked up if they are not bagged.
  • Branches, brush and similar woody material shall be bundled and tied in lengths not exceeding five feet (5’) or having diameters not exceeding eighteen inches (18”), or overall weight exceeding fifty pounds (50 lbs) (does not include tree trunks or root balls).
  • Loose lumber must be less than 5 feet and bundled together in bundles not exceeding 50 pounds.
  • Aggregate weight of tree limbs and/or lumber must not exceed 300 pounds.
  • Yard trimmings shall be securely tied together and shall not exceed 5 feet in length or 50 pounds in weight.
  • Shall not include construction waste.

Contact 281-585-3200 with questions about what AmeriWaste League City will accept or to request a pick-up of excessive or move-out debris.
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Trash Pickup Days

  • Yellow Zone: Mondays and Thursdays
  • Green Zone: Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Blue Zone: Wednesdays and Saturdays

Trash pickup will be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on pickup days, and customers are asked to have their trash cans placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on their designated days.
NOTE: Items placed at the curb for donation (i.e. Purple Heart, etc.) may be inadvertently picked up as trash if placed alongside trash/recycling.


Please note: If your pick-up falls on a holiday, your garbage will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled day for your neighborhood. Garbage will not be picked up on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

*As stated in the contract with the City, the schedule is subject to change based on AmeriWaste Services’ schedule. Any changes will be communicated through the City’s website, social media, and NextDoor.

Frequently Asked Questions

For other questions, please contact the City at 281-554-1100 or AmeriWaste at 281-585-3200.