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These recyclables are taken to a recycling facility where they are processed back into raw materials for reuse. 

 

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junk mail, fliers, postcards, envelopes, office paper

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newspaper

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phone books, paperback books

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magazines

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cartons,

 

milk, juice, soy, broth, juice boxes

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paper bags

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sticky notes, scrap paper

Rinse or wipe

food residue off all recyclables


Dry paper before placing it in your cart

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Crush cans, plastic jugs, & bottles

 

Flatten boxes

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clean corrugated cardboard

 

flatten large boxes to make more room 

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cereal, pasta, frozen food, snack boxes, etc. 

 

remove any bags

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shoe boxes, gift boxes

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rolls

 

toilet paper, paper towel, gift wrap, etc.

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plastic kitchen

containers

 

bottles, jugs, tubs, and their lids

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plastic bathroom containers

 

bottles, tubs, jugs, and their caps

 

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plastic laundry & cleaning supply bottles

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plastic tubs

 

yogurt, margarine etc.

Have a question or a suggestion? 

 

 

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We'd love to hear from you! 

 

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clear plastic cups

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milk and juice jugs

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plastic takeout containers

 

NO styrofoam

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steel cans

 

coffee, soup, vegetables, pet food, etc.

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aluminum cans

 

beer, soda, etc.

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Yard waste is turned into Houston Mulch. 


Mulch is used to keep moisture in the ground and weeds at bay. 

 

 

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garden trimmings

 

plants, flowers, leaves, brush

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grass clippings

Texas A & M says: Don't bag your grass! 

 

Find out why... 

 

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Try grasscycling instead, it helps keep your yard protected and moist. 

 

Here's how: 

houstontx.gov

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chopsticks

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popsicle sticks

hazardous stuff

Special

Handling 

Required

These items contain hazardous substances and cannot be disposed of curbside.

 

Safe disposal is provided for each.

hazardous stuff

DROP-OFF

old electronics

 

Best Buy

West Park Recycling Center

ESC (North & South)

 

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hazardous stuff

DROP-OFF

Oil-based Paints &

Stains

 

ESC (North & South) 

Westpark Recycling Center

 

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DROP OFF

fluorescent bulbs & tubes

 

Home Depot

West Park Recycling Center

ESC (North & South) 

 

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Use caution when disposing of broken fluorescent

light bulbs...

hazardous stuff

Here's how to do it safely:

 

epa.gov

hazardous stuff

DROP OFF

household hazardous

waste (HHW) 

 

products with corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients 

 

ESC (North&South)  

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This is the stuff that goes into landfills and remains there for generations. Reduce or re-use these items whenever possible.

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glass bottles and jars

 

Glass can be dropped off for recycling at Houston recycling centers. 

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plastic bags

 

grocery store bags, trash bags, zip-lock bags

 

You can recycle plastic bags at many local grocery stores. 

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all plastic wrap 

 

food wrap, newspaper wrap, dry cleaner wrap

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food

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polystyrene & Styrofoam®

 

takeout containers, cups, plates, coolers

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packing peanuts

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disposable coffee cups

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paper fast food cups

and their lids, staws

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opaque plastic cups

(like Solo®)

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oily or soiled paper

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oily or food crusted
cardboard


Tip: tear off the greasy
parts and recycle the rest

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VHS tapes

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napkins, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper

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potato chip bags, candy bar wrappers, coffee bags, etc. with plastic on the outside and foil on the inside.

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foil drink pouches

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shredded paper

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gift wrap, tissue paper

 

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incandescent light bulbs

 

Note: fluorescent light bulbs cannot be disposed of curbside.

Don't dump excess 

construction materials, donate them! 

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Visit the Reuse Warehouse &

don't forget to get your donation receipt.

 

Acceptable Items

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hardback books

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animal waste

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bubble wrap

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corks

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biodegradable & compostable plastics

 

utensils, plates, bags

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all disposable diapers

 

biodegradable diapers and diapers made from recycled materials

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Other

Curbside

Services

The city of Houston provides separate curbside service for these items.  

other curbside services

tree waste

 

branches, limbs, trunks, and stumps

 

odd months only

 

NO lumber, furniture, or treated wood

other curbside services

tires
(up to four per month)

even months only

other curbside services

junk waste

 

old furniture, appliances, and other bulky items

even months only

other curbside services

motor oil

 

(must be in a container with a screw top lid)

 

Place next  to your bins for curbside pick-up

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