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Tanglers, Toys & Recycling Right


Around the holidays, "tanglers" like Christmas string lights, old toys,
and old decorations create a huge problem at recycling sorting facilities.

Hoses, cords, and light strings get caught in the machinery and can take hours of hazardous work to fix.


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No hoses video by The Recycling Partnership is ready to share.

 Holiday Light Tips 
from Take Care of Texas.

This blog post from The Recycling Partnership explains in simple language why 'Tanglers' are a problem.


Toys and holiday decorations are often made of different types of plastic and can't be recycled at a typical facility. If possible, they should be donated or thrown away — not put in recycling.

Batteries are not recyclable at a typical facility and are a major hazard if put in with other recyclables. 

Batteries can be recycled for free by dropping them off at a Call2Recycle partner location.


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Recycle right

"Contamination" — anything in the recycling stream that doesn't belong there — is still the #1 barrier to recycling programs in Texas and can dramatically increase the cost of recycling for your community.

Contamination is caused by confusion about what is recyclable and how.

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. 

How to help:

Check the signs every time, and make sure you know what you can throw
in the recycling bin before you throw it. 


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


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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

Smurfit Kappa North America LLC

Houston-Galveston Area Council

City of San Marcos

CPS Energy

Champion Waste & Recycling

Liberty Tire Recycling

SmartSort Technologies

City of Plano

The Organic Recycler

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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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