Roll Out Cart Service

Collection Guidelines

Pick-Up Times

  • Please note that there is no set time residential collections can occur on the day of collection.
  • Trash container(s) must be curbside by 7 am on the designated collection day. Place container(s) the night before. 
  • The cart must be removed from the curb/street on the day of service. (Carts cannot be left on curb/street) all week.

Placement of Containers

  • Do not place container(s) behind parked cars or other obstructions. The automated truck lifting-arm is not able to reach behind trees or other objects.
  • Leave at least 5 feet of clearance from other container(s) and other objects. The automated truck lifting-arm needs 5 feet of clearance on either side of the rolling container(s) to wrap around the container(s).
  • Obstructed serviceability or container(s) that failed to be placed for collection in a timely manner will be skipped.
  • Position container(s) with wheels away from the street. Do not place container(s) on sidewalks.

For additional information, please see the Cart Placement in Cul-de-sacs page.

Contents of Container

  • All trash must be contained in the container(s) issued by the City of Odessa. Non-City approved container(s) will not be serviced.
  • Bag all garbage before prior to placement of container(s) to assist in keeping container(s) clean; bagging trash bags helps to prevent infestation and windblown litter on windy days.
  • The container(s) will only hold up to 200 pounds; please do not overload the container(s).
  • The driver will not exit the vehicles to adjust placement or clean out container(s) that are over packed, as this defeats the purpose of automated curbside service. Automated collection increases efficiency of refuse collection while improving safety.
  • Garbage placed outside container(s) will not be serviced.
  • Place only household garbage items in container(s).

Items Not Allowed in Containers

The following items should not be placed in the container:

  • Dead animals
  • Debris from construction, remodeling or demolition
  • Dirt, sod, brick, concrete, or rock
  • Hot ashes, coals, or other flammable materials, such as:
    • Gas
    • Oil
    • Paint
    • Solvents
  • Liquid waste
  • Tires

Windy Days

Trash collection can be very challenging on windy days. We know we can't control Mother Nature but below are some tips that may help prevent your trash from blowing away:

  • Bag all trash and tie the bag
  • Be aware of high wind weather forecasts on collection days
  • Close container lid
  • If container is not full and can wait till next pick up service, please do so
  • Place lighter material at the bottom of container and heavier trash on top to prevent the lighter items from blowing out the cart.

Resident Responsibilities

Residents are responsible for the proper use of the container, including cleaning up any trash spilled from the container due to high wind or other acts beyond human control.

Solid Waste Drivers Responsibilities

Solid Waste drivers will pick up any trash spilled as a result of the collection operations. Containers that are tipped due to high wind will not be picked up by driver. Containers must be upright in order to be serviced. Resident is responsible for the security of the roll-out cart.

Container Care

  • The container is made of durable plastic and should provide years of maintenance free use. Should a problem occur (broken lid or wheels) please contact the Solid Waste Division at 432-368-3509.
  • The container(s) remain property of the City of Odessa and will be maintained and replaced at no cost to the resident except for damage due to negligence or abuse. Do not take the containers(s) with you when you move.
  • Each container will be assigned to a single household address and will have an imprinted serial number for identification purposes.
  • The first container issued will be at no charge to resident. Any additional containers will be at a cost of $85 (total limit of 3 per household).
  • The resident is responsible for the security of the cart and in keeping cart in clean and sanitary condition.

Cart Placement in Cul-De-Sac

Conforming to Code

According to Section12-3-7 of the City of Odessa Code of Ordinances, any vehicle parked on any street within the city shall be parked parallel to the curb, and where a parking space is marked shall be wholly within the lines marked on the street for such parking space.

Additionally, Section 545.303(a) of the Texas Transportation Code states that an operator who stops or parks on a two-way roadway shall do so with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel to and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

There are no exemptions to this law when parking in a Cul De Sac, so the above mention laws apply. We frequently see in Cul De Sacs that vehicles will pull in perpendicular to the roadway. By doing this, the vehicle is not parallel to and within 18 inches of the curb, which the law requires.

Parallel Parking

Parking parallel allows emergency vehicles and solid waste vehicles to turn around and will also allow us to better serve the community’s roll-carts on collection days.  Due to the fact that vehicles have been parking incorrectly and preventing roll-carts from being serviced we ask that you please park parallel.