Austin Resource Recovery provides curbside collection of recycling to single-family households up to four-plexes in Austin. Place mixed paper, plastic, metal and glass directly in your blue recycling cart – no sorting required!

Recycle Right

America Recycles Day is November 15. This year, Austin Resource Recovery is asking residents and neighbors to keep “tanglers” out of their blue recycling carts. Tanglers are items such as plastic bags, trash bags, garden hoses, rope, strings of lights and other long, flexible materials which get tangled in the gears of the recycling sorting facilities, jamming the machinery and disrupting operations. Help us Untangle ATX this America Recycles Day by keeping these items out of your blue recycling carts. Thank you for keeping our recycling facilities moving this America Recycles Day.

Keep these tanglers out of the blue recycling cart:

Plastic bags, trash bags, plastic film & wrap

Plastic bags and film: keep out of blue cart

 

What do I do with it?

Some local retailers and stores accept these items for recycling— check our What Do I Do With tool to find a location near you.

Garden hoses

garden hose : keep out of blue recycling cart

 

What do I do with it?

Visit the Austin Reuse Directory to find a local organization that will accept these items for reuse or recycling, or place in your trash cart.

 

Strings of lights & electrical cords

string of lights and extension cord: keep out of clue recycling cart

 

What do I do with it?

Drop these items off at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center to be recycled or disposed of safely.

 

Clothing & Textiles

clothing and textiles: keep out of blue recycling cart

 

What do I do with it?

Visit the Austin Reuse Directory to find a local organization that will accept these items for reuse or drop these items off at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center to be recycled.

 

Rope

rope: keep out of blue recycling cart

 

What do I do with it?

Visit the Austin Reuse Directory to find a local organization that will accept these items for reuse.

Place the following items in the blue recycling cart:

Paper

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  • Glossy paper
  • Junk mail/envelopes
  • Catalogs/magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Non-foil wrapping paper

Boxboard and cardboard

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  • Cardboard
  • Toilet paper/
    paper towel rolls
  • Boxes

Metals

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  • Steel and tin cans
  • Aluminum foil baking pans
  • Aluminum foil (balled 2 inches or larger)

 

Glass

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  • Jars and caps (labels can be left on containers)
  • Bottles and bottle caps (labels can be left on containers)

 

Hard plastics 

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  • Water/soda bottles
  • Jars/tubs
  • Non-battery toys
  • Buckets/baskets
  • Lawn chairs

 

 

Keep out

Keep the following items out of the blue recycling cart:

Image of Styrofoam, clothing, plastic bags, wood and garden hoses
  • Plastic film and bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Water hoses
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Medical waste (e.g. syringes and sharp containers)

 

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Extra Recyclables

Extra recyclables will be collected at no extra charge. Once your blue cart is full, place additional recyclables in a cardboard box or other reusable container next to your cart. If you would still like to request an additional blue cart, free of charge, call 512-494-9400