What is Recyclable?

Recyclable Materials

The following is a list of materials that might be recycled by municipal programs. Each municipality collects different recycled materials. For more specific information about your city's curbside recycling program and drop-off centers visit your city's website or use our "I Want To Recycle" tool on the home page.

Material Description
Glass containers (unbroken) all colors
Aluminum cans
Tin cans
Aerosol cans
Steel cans
Telephone books / paperback books
Paperboard / chipboard gray cardboard found in cereal boxes, cracker boxes, shoe boxes, etc.
Mixed paper office paper and junk mail
Paper grocery bags
Newspaper, magazines, catalogs
Corrugated cardboard
#1 Plastic Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) containers; soft drink, juice, peanut butter
#2 Plastic High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) containers; milk, laundry detergent
#3 Plastic Vinyl or Polyvinylchloride (V or PVC) containers; auto care, shampoo
#4 Plastic Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) containers; honey, mustard
#5 Plastic Polypropylene (PP) containers; syrup, sour cream, cream cheese
#6 Plastic Polystyrene (PS) containers; foam cups, yogurt, egg cartons
#7 Plastic (other) Other ( A combination of resins) containers; catchup, pudding, mayonnaise
Ceramics China, dishes
Milk cartons and juice boxes no straws
Used oil and oil filters
Automotive batteries
Scrap metal
Old textiles rags & clothing too worn for donation
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I want to recycle:


Inkjet/Toner Cartridges

Appliances, also known as "White Goods" (e.g. washers/dryers, refrigerators, microwaves)

  • You can use our 'I Want To Recycle!' search box on our homepage to find a location near you.
  • Search for your city by name or zip code on our homepage search box for a link to your city's website and contact information for details about the recycling programs available to you
  • Visit your city's or county's web site to locate their appliance pick-up service or drop-off site locations.
  • Contact a local thrift store to arrange a pick-up if the item is still in working condition.
  • www.earth911.com
  • www.recycletexasonline.org


Automotive Fluids and Oil Filters





Cell Phones

Plastic Grocery Bags

  • Take your plastic bags back to your local grocery store. Most grocery stores accept plastic bags for recycling.
  • For more information about recycling plastic bags, as well as a list of retailers that accept plastic bags for recycling: http://abagslife.com

Milk/Juice/Drink Cartons

  • Many curbside programs accept cartons in their single stream recycling programs, check with your city to see if cartons are accepted in recycling bins.
  • For more locations that accept cartons for recycling, check out the Carton Council website: http://www.recyclecartons.com/

Styrofoam and Styrofoam packing peanuts


Textiles (Clothing)

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL's) or Long Fluorescent Tubes

Construction and Demolition (C&D) material


  • Visit your city's or county's web site for mulch availability. Mulch is often offered for free to residents.
  • You can use our Interactive Map to find a location near you.

Used Cooking Oil

  • Visit www.ceasethegreasentx.com for information about grease recycling and proper cooking oil management in the kitchen.
  • You can also use Cease the Grease's Interactive Map to find a grease recycling drop off location near you.