Richardson residents can avoid having their leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste end up in the landfill (and instead turned into compost and mulch) simply by putting the waste in compostable yard bags, setting the bags along the front curb and calling the City’s Brush and Bulky Item (BABIC) request line for a free pickup. Compostable yard bags (made of thick, brown paper and often sold in folded “flats”) may be purchased in the lawn and garden section of several local retailers. 

There is no minimum number of bags required for a BABIC pickup. Make sure you indicate that you have compostable material to be picked up, and keep the bags separate from any non-compostable, bulky items you may also have for pickup, to ensure they go to the correct place. (Large limbs or large piles of limbs set out for BABIC do not have to be bagged.)

Mulch and compost generated from BABIC is available to the public for purchase at a very reasonable price through a partnership called Texas Pure and discounted to residents living in the member cities (Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco). 

More information: Make Mulch, Not Trash | Richardson, TX ( 

BABIC requests: 972-744-4111 or