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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. 



All recyclables are easily 'contaminated', but it's a big issue for plastic bottles in particular. If they are dirty, degraded, or have any liquid or food waste on them, they will be marked as 'contamination' and end up in the landfill. 

Plastic bottles should only be recycled when empty, clean, and dry. 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

ADVOCATE partners  

FCC Environmental Services

Office Interiors Group

Organix Recycling

Universal Recycling Technologies

Trashbusters Valet Trash & Recycling


City of Plano

Texas Tech University

Integrated Waste Solutions Group

Atlas Organics

Travis County

Himes Service Company

NewGen Strategies & Solutions LLC


Green Guy Recycling

City of San Marcos

CPS Energy

Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

Champion Waste & Recycling

Liberty Tire Recycling

United Electronic Recycling

SmartSort Technologies

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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 info and resources at

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