Austin adds hard plastics to list of recyclable materials

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin is working to keep more trash out of landfills by expanding its recycling program. The Austin Resource Recovery announced Monday that residents can now recycle all hard plastics with no extra cost.

In addition to plastic bottles and containers, residents can now toss rigid, plastic items like buckets, lawn chairs, laundry baskets, milk baskets, toys, flower pots and trash cans into their blue recycling bins. For a full list of acceptable items, click here.

“About 90 percent of what you would consider standard recyclables around the house can now be recycled,” said Bob Gedert, director of Austin Resource Recovery. “We often think about just the kitchen – like the containers, steel cans, aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles. But what about the living room, dining room, family room, and bathroom? There are a lot of different recyclables throughout each room in the house.”

The Austin Resource Recovery has a few simple guidelines of how to add hard plastics to the recycling bins.

  1. Empty and rinse all items before recycling
  2. Remove and separate any metal components from the plastics, as those contaminate the plastics in the recycling process
  3. Make sure all items fit inside the blue recycling cart with the lid closed

The Austin Resource Recovery says they are working to add more items to the list of recyclable materials in the upcoming months. Some household items that cannot be recycled are plastic bags, Styrofoam, paper towels, shredded paper, straws and garden hoses. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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