Public Works Dept.
Public Works Department - Sanitation Operations
The Sanitation Division of the Public Works Department with 38 employees is responsible for the collection of garbage and brush from all residential and commercial areas and transporting it to the City’s Transfer Station. Household garbage is collected twice a week in residential areas and up to seven times per week for commercial establishments. Additional services provided by the department are collection of large debris as part of a special pickup service.

Mission Statement
To maintain a level of service that is essential to preserve the city’s health and environment. Manage the municipal solid waste collection system with careful planning to ensure the best quality service to our customers.


Collect garbage twice a week in residential areas
  • Provide commercial establishments with garbage collection service up to seven times per week
  • Collect brush from residential and commercial areas every 4 to 5 weeks
  • Divide the collections areas into equal work loads for each crew by route-balancing
  • Improve the route that a collection vehicle follows as it collects garbage from a specific area in the city.
  • Provide education and training to employees when routing changes are made to ensure orderly process.
  • Initiate a city wide cleanup program of illegal dumpsites.

View the City of Harlingen Residential Refuse Pick-up Schedule





Commercial Restaurant Establishment:  Collection will be made on all holidays.
All other Commercial Establishment: Collection will NOT be made on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day   
We will NOT collect trash on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day 

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