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Decorations & HDPE


As spring starts, decorations and donations can create a create a huge problem at recycling sorting facilities. 

Items like garden hoses, garlands, and light strings get caught in the machinery and can take hours of hazardous work to fix.

Items like gently used clothes and shoes can't be recycled with regular curbside recycling, will be counted as 'Contamination' at the sorting facility, and will end up in the landfill. 

What is Contamination?

'Contamination' - anything in the recycling stream that doesn't belong there - is still a huge barrier to recycling programs and can dramatically increase the cost of recycling for your community.

How does Contamination hurt recycling?

Items like clothing, shoes, and broken toys slow the whole process down.

Items like hoses, cords, batteries, and propane tanks, can actually damage machinery or start a fire.

Food waste and liquids can ruin the value of recyclables like paper, cardboard and metals. 



High density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) is a highly durable, desirable plastic for recycling.

It’s used for bulky items like milk jugs and laundry detergent containers and can be recycled into flower pots, shampoo bottles and even recycling bins.

As always, recyclables should be empty, clean and dry when they go into the bin. Liquids left in plastic like HDPE can ruin the value of other recyclables like paper, cardboard and metals. 

ASSETS TO SHARE is managed by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR).

All of STAR's work is made possible by our members and Mission Partners


pioneer partners

ANCHOR partner

PILLAR partners


ADVOCATE partners  

FCC Environmental Services

Office Interiors Group

Universal Recycling Technologies

Trashbusters Valet Trash & Recycling


Green Guy Recycling

United Clothing Donation Services

Texas Tech University

Integrated Waste Solutions Group

Travis County

Himes Service Company

NewGen Strategies & Solutions LLC

Denali Water Solutions

Brook Valley Management

City of San Marcos

CPS Energy

Champion Waste & Recycling

Liberty Tire Recycling

United Electronic Recycling

SmartSort Technologies

City of Plano

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This effort was inspired in part by the success of the North Texas Know What to Throw campaign, which was prepared in cooperation with the North Central Texas Council of Governments through grant funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. More information and resources can be found at

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