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It's time to recycle the holidays. Know what to throw

Posted Dec. 17, 2019

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All those cardboard boxes that hid Christmas presents can be recycled in the blue cart. Flatten them first.

The holidays are a great opportunity to recycle more. Recycling helps preserve the longevity of landfills and gives a second life to items made from plastics, paper, cardboard and aluminum.

Fort Worth makes it easy to recycle with curbside collection and four drop-off stations for larger items, donations and household hazardous waste. Here’s a quick guide to remind you what goes where:

Recycle it in the blue cart. Remember, everything must be empty, clean and dry.

  • Cardboard boxes (flattened).
  • Metal or aluminum pie plates.
  • Catalogs.
  • Aluminum cans.
  • Plastic containers.
  • Popcorn tins.

Bag it for the brown garbage cart.

  • Ornaments, ribbons and bows, colored tissue paper.
  • All wrapping paper, including the metallic shiny kind. (It’s not high enough quality paper to recycle.)
  • Padded mailing envelopes.
  • Greeting cards with attached items like music players, glitter, metal and ribbons.
  • Bubble wrap (it can be recycled with your plastic bags at grocery stores).
  • Don’t recycle boxes that have packaging inside like Styrofoam, plastic bags, twist ties, etc. Empty the box and flatten all cardboard boxes.

Place out for monthly bulk collection.
Artificial Christmas trees.

Place out for weekly yard collection.
Live green or flocked Christmas trees. Remove the stand and all decorations.

Learn more about Solid Waste Services.

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