Keep Fort Worth Beautiful
Can You Recycle It? Plastic Bags
Posted Feb. 16, 2011
Plastic bags often carry a recycling symbol, but they are not recyclable in the Fort Worth residential recycling program.
Most plastic bags are made from the same kind of plastic as a milk jug, which can be recycled. But unlike its more rigid cousin, a plastic bag can get stuck in the vast network of conveyor belts needed to sort the 43,000 tons of recyclables Fort Worth collects annually. Combine bags from all the households in Fort Worth and you have a recipe for jammed equipment and a costly halt to the sorting process.
Recyclers everywhere face the same problem, so make sure to recycle plastic bags through services that specifically handle plastic bags — a service provided by many grocery stores.
Even better, just don't use plastic bags.
We all see plastic bags blowing down roadways and stuck in bushes and trees, but choosing to take your own, reusable bags to the store can help make that a less frequent sight.
Many retailers offer reusable bags for around a dollar each, and they hold more items than the standard plastic grocery bag. On top of that, several local grocers give rebates for bringing your own bags, so they pay for themselves over time.
Yard Smart is a free, informative seminar designed to provide effective, beneficial ways to use water wisely in the landscape. Topics vary by season and have included butterfly gardening, landscape watering, container gardens, perennials, trees, and much more. Mark your calendar now for the next seminar on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Learn more.
Trinity River Trash Bash
Pitch in this fall and help clean up liter around the Trinity River from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 20. Learn more.
Take Back Meds
Bring your unused and expired medications for safe disposal. Visit the Take Back Meds page for details.
National Night Out
Be ready for your neighborhood gathering Oct. 7. Check out recycling bins for free through the Parks & Community Services Department.
Fifth Annual Lake Arlington/Eugene McCray Park Cleanup
Join the community from 9 a.m. to noon at the park pavilion, 3449 Quail Road, and help clean up the Lake Arlington area. No registration is necessary.
This school recycling competition runs from Oct. 13 – Nov. 15. Register your school, organize your green team and track recycling weights and report the results.
Grab your friends and family and organize a cleanup in your neighborhood from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.
Master Composter Course
The Master Composter course is a 15 hour class offered twice a year. The course is taught by nationally recognized instructor Larry Wilhelm. Class participants attending all three days receive the Rodale Book of Composting and a C.E. Shepherd Compost bin, and will be instructed on implementing good soil practices at home, the ins and outs of backyard composting and other sustainable practices for the home, yard and garden. Learn more.
The State of Texas celebrates Arbor Day on the first Friday of November. Plant a tree to honor this important day.
Recycling Center Tour
If you've ever wondered how recyclables are processed at the recycling center, join the Keep Fort Worth Beautiful for a tour from 11:30 to 12:30 Friday, Nov. 14.
America Recycles Day
America Recycles day is coming up Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Watch the October water bill and this site for details. For shredding services before November, contact a commercial secure document destruction company.
Crud Cruiser Household Hazardous Waste Events
The city’s Crud Cruiser will make 22 visits to Fort Worth neighborhoods in 2014 and will offer more week night events and new locations. Check the schedule to see when you can drop off your household chemicals at a mobile collection event near your home.
Cowtown Great American Cleanup
The 29th annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup is scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 21, 2015. This is Fort Worth's largest community cleanup, and we need your help to keep it that way. Registration opens in January 2015.
Help fund Keep Fort Worth Beautiful events and efforts to make Cowtown a clean place to live.
- Report a Litterer
- Graffiti Abatement: Visit the Graffiti Abatement website to learn more.
- Arbor Day, Free Trees and Heritage Trees: Visit the Forestry Section for more information
- Environmental Education: Visit the Neighborhoods website.
- Special Event Recycling: Check out recycling bins for special events.
- Conquer your Crud: Find out how to drop off hazardous chemicals found in your home at the Environmental Collection Center.
- Be Air Aware: learn more about air pollution in North Texas at Air North Texas.
- Reverse Litter: Commit to pick up 10 pieces of trash on Tuesday.