A city dumpster on Hickory Street.

No. The city requires residents to throw their trash in an appropriate receptacle, but also prohibits people from knowingly placing waste or bulky items in a trash container that belongs to someone else. The City Council revised the solid waste ordinance in 2005 to call such action "theft of service," although it didn’t provide for specific penalties.

For theft of service, the state penal code classifies values of $100 or less as a Class C misdemeanor.

Customers can put out bulky waste, such as a sofa or mattress, for collection up to four times per year on their regular pickup day at no extra charge. Call 940-349-8700 before your scheduled pickup day to let crews know you’re putting out bulky waste.

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