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Recycling can vary by region, and throwing the wrong things in your recycling can cause issues. 

While Texas Recycles Day is celebrated each year on November 15th, you can use our Texas Recycles Day outreach calendar to recycle right all year long.


Read more below or click on the calendar below to get started.


Check out this page or skip to the Everyday Recycling Resources below to learn more.

Recycle Right 

No Tanglers or Toys


Recycle Aluminum

Pledge to Recycle Right

Recycle Paper

No Yard Waste


Recycle HDPE

No Decorations or Donations

Recycle Cardboard

No Yard Waste

Recycle Aluminum

No Propane Tanks or Fireworks

Recycle water bottles,

No Decorations or Donations 

Recycle Paper

No Food Waste


Recycle HDPE

No Batteries


Recycle Right 

No Candy / Wrappers

No Food Waste

Texas Recycles Day

Buy Recycled, Buy 4 Recycled

Recycle Cardboard

What is

A statewide campaign for recycling outreach celebrated each November 15th (launched in November 2021), and scheduled around how Texans live, work, and recycle regularly. 

Contamination is still the #1 barrier to recycling programs in Texas. 

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

By harmonizing and standardizing outreach across the state, we can make a big impact on recycling in Texas.

Founding Organizations

3 Ways to Participate


Create your own content
based on the topic schedule above.

Use #TexasRecycles and
#RecycleRight on your posts.


Use our ready-to-go assets to quickly post content on the schedule.

Check back for updates
as we add content.


Share our posts each month.

Recycle Right, Texas 

"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 to recycle it.

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 Keep Our Resources Valuable?

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


If you have access to recycling,
contact your recycling service provider or
your local government to learn more.
Make sure you #KnowWhatToThrow so you can #RecycleRight.


If you're not sure,
check this list of residential programs,
 this list of affiliates of Keep Texas Beautiful,
or contact your local government to find out. 


If you don't have access to recycling at work, home, or school, you can 
hire an independent recycling service, and 
let us know where recycling infrastructure is most needed in Texas.

Order Free Stickers and handouts

from Take Care of Texas.

Learn more about how to #RecycleRight
with the resources below. from the NCTCOG

Know What to Throw Quiz from the NTCOG

Recycling Resources from the US EPA

 Recycling Basics from the US EPA

Free Recycling Programs

100+ Brand Partnership Programs with Terracycle

Ink & Toner Cartridge Recycling with Office Depot

Battery Recycling with Call2Recycle 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 partner

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

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

By using or sharing any assets listed on this page, you agree to use them as presented and to not alter them in any way, unless specific permission to do otherwise is explicitly stated. 

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

STAR is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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