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 is required!

Recycle right for America Recycles Day and every day

America Recycles Day is Tuesday, November 15. America Recycles Day promotes and celebrates the proper ways to recycle and the importance of recycling.

To celebrate locally, we're urging Austinites to recycle right, reminding you that recycling should not be bagged. Recycling should be placed loosely into the blue recycling cart or recycling dumpster. Plastic bags, wrap and stretchy packaging can be recycled at retail stores or the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center. 

Keep these tanglers out of the blue recycling cart

Plastic bags, trash bags, plastic film and 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 and 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 and 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 schedule free clothing and housewares curbside collection.

 

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 these 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
    (All cardboard boxes should be broken down into roughly 2'x2' squares. Use the lid of your recycling cart as a size guide.)
  • 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

Image of glass containers

  • 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 these items out of your 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)

Collection guidelines

  • Place your recycling cart at the curb by 5:30 a.m. on your collection day. (The set-out time has been shifted to an hour earlier to minimize workers' exposure to the extreme summer heat.)

  • Place trash, recyclables and compost five feet apart to allow our automated trucks to collect materials safely and efficiently.

  • Do not bag recycling.

  • Did we miss your cart? Call Austin Resource Recovery at 3-1-1 or send us an e-mail within two days of the missed collection. We will come by to pick up the missed material as soon as possible. 
     
  • Extra recycling is collected at no extra charge. Extra recycling that does not fit into your blue cart with the lid closed should be placed next to your cart in a reusable container or a cardboard box no larger than your cart (use the lid of your recycling cart as a size guide). If you would like to request an additional blue cart, free of charge, call 512-494-9400.

Keep contamination out of your blue cart