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Recycling Collection


Paper clips and staples are OK.

  • Advertising circulars
  • Cardboard – corrugated cardboard. Large boxes must be broken down or cut to fit inside the cart.
  • Cartons (including aseptic) – milk, juice, soup, etc.
  • Catalogs
  • Envelopes – with or without windows
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Milk cartons
  • Newspapers – all sections
  • Office and school paper – file folders, letterhead, sticky notes, printer paper,
  • Paperback books
  • Paperboard – cereal boxes (liners removed), soda and beer carry cartons, dry goods packaging, paper towel and toilet paper cores.
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books
  • Pizza Boxes

Metal Containers

Please rinse. Labels can be left on.

  • Aluminum drink cans – do not flatten
  • Aluminum baking tins – durable type, not disposable
  • Pots and pans
  • Steel or tin food cans and lids
  • Empty aerosol cans – with spray nozzle; remove plastic lid unless part of the can
  • Empty steel paint cans – no liquids please. A thin skin of dry paint on bottom and sides is OK; remove and recycle the lid

Glass Containers

Please rinse. Labels can be left on. All colors accepted. Bottles and jars – remove metal and plastic lids and recycle

  • Ceramics
  • China
  • Dishes
  • Mirrors – must fit inside cart with lid closed
  • Windowpanes – no auto glass

Plastic Containers

Please rinse. All colors accepted. Containers must be hard plastic.

  • Bottles, cups and jars – rigid plastic containers with No. 1 through No. 7 recycling symbols on bottom of container.
  • Food trays, tubs and bowls with no styrofoam – with No. 1 through No. 7 recycling symbols on bottom of container
  • Plastic eating utensils

Do not put these in the blue cart

The following is not an exhaustive list of items that should not be recyclable. If still unsure, dispose of items in the garbage cart instead of attempting to recycle.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Auto glass
  • Clothing or bedding
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)*
  • Drink boxes and straws
  • Food scraps or items that contain food
  • Fluorescent light bulbs*
  • Garden hoses
  • Gift wrap and greeting cards
  • Hangers (all types)
  • Light bulbs
  • Medical waste
  • Plastic containers that held hazardous materials such as gasoline, motor oil, paint, pesticide or weed killer.
  • Plastic bags including grocery sacks, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves
  • Toys
  • Styrofoam® cups, food containers, packing, “peanuts”, etc.
  • Waxed paper and waxed food containers
  • Yard trimmings (set out as yard waste, separate from the recycling cart. Yard waste will go to a separate processing facility).

Other ways to recycle in Fort Worth

Take your recycling to the next level by composting. Visit the Compost Outpost to learn more.

Some items listed can be recycled at locations throughout the City. For example, plastic shopping bags can be returned to most grocery stores and many retail stores.

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City of Fort Worth curbside garbage and recycling services are provided by Waste Management and Knight Waste Services.

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