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Corpus Christi, Texas

“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”  – Annie Leonard


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City Recycling – Corpus Christi, Texas

You can recycle many everyday items. All recyclable items go into the same blue “smart cart,” with no sorting required. For best results, rinse items that contained food before recycling to minimize the chance for contamination. Please note that glass is not recyclable in smart carts at this time but can be taken directly to the landfill. Below is a list of accepted recyclable materials:

What To Recycle

What Not To Recycle


  • Junk mail, catalogs, and envelopes (no need to shred them)

  • Shredded personal documents

  • Boxes, such as cereal boxes, pasta boxes, frozen dinner boxes and drink cartons

  • Shoe boxes

  • Cardboard (flattened)

  • Newspaper and magazines

  • Phone books

  • Copy and computer paper — white and colors

  • Protective paper wrapping on shoes, purses, etc.


  • All plastics #1 through #7 (look for the number inside the triangle)

  • Water/soda bottles (with lids removed)

  • Detergent, soap, and shampoo bottles (with lids removed)

  • Milk jugs

  • Butter, sour cream, and yogurt tubs

  • Syrup, peanut butter, and squeezable jelly bottles

  • Bottle caps are accepted for recycling but must be removed from the bottle or container before being placed in the recycling cart.


  • Clean aluminum, tin, and steel

  • Food cans for things like vegetables and soup

  • Metal drink cans – sodas, energy drinks, etc.

  • Other beverage cans

  • Empty aerosol spray cans

Please do not put the following items in your blue recycling bin:

  • Glass (Glass Recycling Events are scheduled several times a year and you can always take it to the landfill yourself.  Consider working with your neighbors to take turns running glass to the landfill.)

  • Food waste or liquids

  • Containers with food residuals (like pizza boxes)

  • Wet paper products

  • Yard waste (grass trimmings, branches)

  • Styrofoam

  • Waxed paper or waxed cardboard

  • Motor oil containers or household hazardous waste items

  • Garden hoses and electrical cords

  • Ammunition

  • Fencing

Dolphin Recycling

  • Dolphin Recycling will take shredded office paper and other recyclables. Learn More

HEB Recycling

  • HEB has a bin out front where you can recycle your plastic shopping bags.  You can also put your bread bags, bulk bin bags, dry cleaning bags, sandwich bags and stretch film in there.  Just be sure they are clean & dry.


  • Texas A&M University has a Composting Program. – Learn More
  • GROW Local STX has a Learning Garden that will take your food scraps for their compost bins. – Learn More


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