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Recycling Tips and Acceptable Items

Good recycling shouldn't stop at your front door. Look for ways to recycle all day long, wherever you go — work, school and public places.

Three Easy Steps to Use Your Recycling Cart

1. Put Only Recyclables in Your Green Cart

All recyclable items need to be mixed together loosely in one cart for collection. Please review the list of acceptable items and ensure that only these items are placed in the green cart. Keep contaminants OUT of your recycling cart.

2. Load the Cart Loosely

Break down large pieces that can jam in the cart and prevent it from emptying. Do not pack the cart tightly as it will not empty completely. Please DO NOT place recyclables into a plastic bag, paper bag, or “nest” items inside each other.


3. Place Your Recycling Cart Properly at the Curb

Carts must be placed at the curb no later than 7:00am on your collection day. Carts should be removed and stored beside the house no later than 8:00pm. The cart should be placed with the wheels immediately against the curb. It should be kept 6 feet away from mailboxes, other carts, parked cars, fire hydrants, utility poles, fences, and basketball hoops. They should be 14 feet from low hanging trees or shrubs and electrical lines

What you Can and Cannot Recycle?

What you CAN recycle:

Paper: Newspaper, magazines, office paper, mail (junk and personal), phone books, cardboard, paper towel/toilet paper/wrapping paper cores, detergent boxes, flyers, wrapping paper (no foil or plastic wrap) 

Pasteboard Boxes: Food and Kleenex boxes (remove plastic liner), shoe boxes, soda and beer cartons (no food-soiled paper, please!)    

Plastic Containers:Most plastics #1 through #7. Beverage containers, such as soda bottles, water bottles, and milk jugs. Food containers and detergent bottles. Labels and lids are okay. All plastics must be rinsed clean. No plastic bags or Styrofoam.  

Metal: Tin and aluminum cans, steel cans, pet food cans. Labels are okay. Please empty and rinse. NO aluminum foil or pie plates.    

What you CAN'T recycle

NO Garbage
NO plastic bags (shopping or animal food bags)
NO Styrofoam
NO aluminum foil or pie plates
NO glass (bottles, Pyrex, light bulbs, or mirrors)
NO aerosol cans, paint cans, motor oil, antifreeze, syringes
NO clothing
NO plastic toys
NO plastic lawn furniture or tubs
NO scrap metal (pots & pans, lawn chairs, pipe, etc
NO wire, rope, chain, fishing line, or garden hose
NO electronics
NO yard waste including grass clippings, leaves, and all wood types NO containers or paper products with food residue (napkins, paper plates, paper towels, diapers, etc)   

How to Recycle Items Not Accepted Curbside

Glass - (Clear and Brown only) Glass can be taken to either recycle center. These are located at: 3015 Bullseye Lane and 602 Jack Baskin Dr.

Yard Waste - 6 cubic yards of brush can be placed at the front curb. Grass and leaves can be recycled on your yard or can be bagged and placed at the curb for bulk pick up.

Plastic Bags/Filmy Plastics - These can be recycled at many local stores accepting plastic bags.

Hazardous Waste Materials - The City holds a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day in October annually.

Electronics - Electronics are usually collected during the HHW event or other special events.

Tire Collection - Tires, antifreeze, oil filters, and oil are collected year round by the Solid Waste Department. Special events involving Tire Collection include: HHW, the annual Tire Recycling Event, and special events throughout the year.

Styrofoam Packing Peanuts - Many packing stores will accept these items.

Wire Hangers - Many dry cleaners will accept these.

Batteries -  Batteries Plus located at 3550 S General Bruce Dr, Temple will accept batteries for recycling.


City of Temple
2 North Main Street
Temple, TX 76501
Phone: (254) 298-5561