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Recycling Tips and Acceptable Items
There are many items that are not accepted in the City's curbside recycling program.  There are several reasons for this.  The main reason is safety.  We are concerned about the safety of our drivers as well as the safety of those working the recycling facility.  Another reason is some items can be recycled, just not curbside.  See below for the many opportunities to recycle items not accepted in our curbside recycling program.

What do I do with items not accepted via Curbside Recycling? 

Each year the City of Temple holds a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day the first Saturday in October.  Many of the items listed below are accepted at this annual event.

Aerosol Cans
Collected at HHW event.
Collected at HHW event.
BatteriesBatteries Plus located at 
3550 S General Bruce Dr. in Temple will accept batteries for

Clothing - Consignment and second hand stores along with various charities will accept clothing.
Coat Hangers (wire) - Many dry cleaner facilities will accept these.
Collected at HHW event or other special events.
                      (See below for additional opportunities through the TCEQ.)

Glass(Clear and Brown only) can be taken to either recycle drop-off center
Light Bulbs
- Home improvement stores typically recycle light bulbs.
Metal - Local scrap metal facilities such as Temple Iron & Metal accept metal items.
Motor Oil/filters - Can be brought to the Solid Waste Services office throughout the year or to t
                              City's HHW Collection event.

Paint Cans - Collected at HHW event.
Plastic shopping bags - These can be recycled at many local stores accepting plastic bags.
Packing Peanuts
Many packing stores will accept these items.
Collected at HHW event.
Consignment and second hand stores along with various charities will accept toys.
Yard Waste6 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.

If you have additional questions, please contact Solid Waste Services at          (254) 298-5725 or via email at


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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) also offers FREE recycling opportunities to the residents of Texas. 

Computer.jpg  For FREE and EASY computer recycling, visit the Texas Recycles Computers Program webpage.
 TV 2.jpg  For TV recycling opportunities, visit the Texas Recycles TVs Program webpage.

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