Loose Recycling Only

Check your local guidelines on how to properly set out your recycling. You could be wasting money, time and resources bagging.

In Austin, recycling should be loose in carts, not bagged.

Bagged items like those pictures here will be pulled off the sorting lines and immediately trashed. The human sorters don’t have time to open and dump the bags out plus it’s not safe for them to do so. The sorting machines do most of the work.

There is a visual reminder on top of the blue recycling carts. If your housekeeper, cleaning service or renters need a brochure to help them with recycling and compost guidelines, there are guides and links available. If you are in Austin and need another language besides English or Spanish translated, reach out to ARR. There’s a budget line for that.

Don’t forget to flatten your boxes. Large intact boxes contribute to the glass and other debris that flies back out of the trucks and ends up in the alleys and streets when the crushing arm goes down.

Make sure the lid closes for the safety of the workers. You can leave boxes of recycling next to your cart as well as flattened boxes. There is no charge for extra recycling but the city can fine you for bagging recycling and not following the guidelines.

Apartments and condos should always read guidance from their contractor and report to building management for violations, clarifications or recommendations. #recycleright #recycle #recyclemore #atxrecycles #nobags

City of Austin Residential Recycling / Apartment Dwellers Guide
City of New Braunfels Residential Recycling
City of Round Rock Residential Recycling / Recycling Center
City of San Marcos Residential Recycling / Apartment Dweller Quick Facts
Apartments should check with their provider/contractor or that provider/contractor(s) website(s) for instructions/restrictions.

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