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By reusing and recycling more, Fort Worth residents can have less trash and save space at the city landfill – and that’s why it’s so important to recycle correctly.

As a general rule of thumb, recyclables put in the blue cart should be empty, clean and dry. The following list is helpful in determining if something is or isn’t recyclable. (If you’re still unsure whether your item is recyclable or not, try the Waste Wizard tool below.)

Recycle these:

The following can be recycled, provided that they’re empty, clean and dry.

Aluminum cans

Cans should be rinsed, but labels can be left on.

Cardboard and paper

Paper and cardboard must be clean and dry.

Glass containers

Glass containers should be rinsed, but labels can be left on. All colors are accepted.

Plastic containers

Plastic should be rinsed, and containers must be hard plastic. Plastic bags or film are not accepted.

Do not recycle these:

No bags

No plastic bags. These can be returned to the retail store.

No trash

No garbage. Do not bag your recyclables.

No tanglers

Nothing that can tangle easily. This includes hoses, wires, chains or electronics.

No clothing

No clothing or linens. These can be donated at drop-off stations.

No food or liquid

No food or liquid diapers. All containers should be emptied before recycling.

This is not an exhaustive list of items that should not be recycled. If you are still unsure, dispose of items in the garbage cart instead of attempting to recycle. Remember: When in doubt, throw it out!

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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Fort Worth Garbage Collection

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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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