What Goes Where?

Recycling do's and don'ts

What Goes Where?

Residential Single-Stream Recycling



Paper, including: glossy and matte paper, newspapers, magazines, sticky notes, paper bags, tissue paper

Boxboard and Cardboard, including: corrugated cardboard and boxboard boxes, paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, soda boxes, shoe boxes

Aluminum and Metals, including: aluminum foil (clean, balled 2 inches or larger), aluminum foil baking pans, steel and tin cans, food cans and soda cans with caps/lids

Glass, including: jars and caps (labels can be left on containers), bottles and bottle caps

Hard Plastics, including: anything marked Nos. 1-7, including water and soda bottles, milk jugs, jars and tubs (yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.), detergent and all-purpose cleaner bottles (empty and rinsed-out), soap and shampoo bottles (empty and rinsed-out), plastic hangers, laundry baskets, lawn chairs (with all metal components removed)


plastic foam, plastic bags, plastic wrap, takeout containers made of cardboard (including pizza boxes), takeout containers made of Styrofoam (including egg cartons), garden hoses, wire clothes hangers, electronics (but check with Ecology Action), shredded paper, yard trimmings, helium tanks, large metal items (such as frying pans and metal pipes), bricks, broken glass, used diapers, Kleenex, ice cream cartons, paper juice boxes and milk cartons, phone books, PVC pipes, sandwich baggies

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Residents of the city of Austin and Travis County may bring up to 30 gallons of home-generated hazardous waste free of charge to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 2514 Business Center Drive. www.austintexas.gov/hhw


fluorescent bulbs, batteries (car and household), cell phones, cleaners, automotive fluids, oil filters, paint and thinners, pesticides and herbicides, photographic chemicals, mercury, aerosol cans, pool chemicals, cooking oil, outdoor grill propane cylinders, antifreeze, bug spray, fertilizers, gasoline, herbicides


radioactive materials, syringes or medical waste, tires, electronics, explosive materials, business-generated waste

Ways to Reduce Waste

Block unsolicited mail at www.cata logchoice.org.

Compost. The city of Austin offers rebates on home composter systems for people who take a free class in-person or online: www.austintexas.gov/composting.

Buy in bulk.

Go electronic. Don't print tickets; use your smartphone instead.

Need chemicals, such as cleaning products, fertilizers, and pesticides? The Household Hazardous Waste Facility's Reuse Store offers these items (new and gently used) to residents, free of charge.

House need a facelift? Austin Resource Recovery's Austin ReBlend program is sourced from donated paint. Three colors – Barton Creek Greenbelt (turquoise), Texas Limestone (light beige), and Balcones Canyonland (dark beige) – are offered free in 3.5 gallon cans.

Is your trash someone else's treasure? Instead of dumping it out on bulk trash collection day, consider donating:

Recycled Reads (Austin Public Library), www.recycledreads.org: accepts CDs, DVDs, books

ReStore (Habitat for Humanity), www.austinhabitat.org/restore: accepts building materials, furniture, appliances and fixtures in working condition

Ecology Action, www.ecology-action.org/recycling-center: accepts plastic bags, used electronics, paper, lightbulbs, cooking oil, batteries, and more

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