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County to pay landfill fees Jan. 9 & 16 for residents clearing storm debris

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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.