While recycling is the right thing to do, if it isn’t done right, it can be very problematic. Here are a few simple tips:
- Recycle it if it is recyclable. Verify below or send an email to Is it Recyclable. Misplaced items cause contamination, and the materials have to be sent to the landfill.
- Detach, unlike materials. Separate metal lids from glass jars, plastic liners from cereal boxes, foil from yogurt tubs, etc. Although recyclable, these cannot be separated properly at the recycling facility.
- Remove food, sauces, and juices. Rinse aluminum, plastic, and glass. It helps prevent contamination and odors and less likely to attract bugs to your cart.
- Save space. Crush cans and plastic bottles and flatten boxes. Do not break glass as it jams equipment.
- Plastic bags and broken glass are among the most problematic materials for recycling facilities. Plastic bags wrap around conveyor lines, and all work must stop while the bags are cut off. Broken glass jams equipment and gets mixed with other materials, resulting in recyclables being categorized as contaminated and sent to the landfill.
There is no collection on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Collection will occur the following day and be pushed back one day for the remainder of that week. For example, if Christmas falls on a Monday, there will be no collection that Monday, and collection for the remainder of the week will be pushed back one day.
Curbside Collection Guidelines
- Garbage is collected once per week and recycling every other week on the same day.
- Collection occurs 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. If services are not performed by 6:30 p.m., please contact Round Rock Refuse.
- Carts may be placed curbside starting at 7 a.m. the day before collection and removed by 7 p.m. the day after.
Aluminum, Tin, and Steel Containers
Beverage cans and caps
Foil baking tins
Pet food cans
Soup and vegetable cans
No paint cans (see HHW events)
Cardboard, Paperboard, and Boxboard
Cardboard egg cartons
Packaging (toys, electronics…)
Food boxes (cereal, pasta, frozen food…)
Gift, shoe boxes
Paper tubes (paper towel, toilet paper tubes…)
Shipping, moving boxes
No pizza boxes
No wax-coated cartons (unless marked recyclable)
Cooking oil bottles
Mason jars (remove lid)
Pasta sauce jars (remove lid)
Soda and juice bottles
Wine, beer, liquor, and spirits bottles
Other clear, green, blue, or brown jars and bottles
No broken glass
No window glass
No light bulbs
No dining ware, ceramics, pyrex, etc.
Junk mail, letters, envelopes
Office paper, folders
No laminated paper
No shredded paper (Shred for a Paws Cause)
No food contaminated items (paper plates, etc.)
Plastic Containers #1 – #7
Beverage bottles (water, soda, etc.)
Butter, cream cheese, yogurt tubs (remove foil liner)
Cooking oil bottles
Detergent, cleaning bottles
No plastic bags (Please take to your local grocer or reuse at home)
Not Accepted Curbside
- Automotive waste (oil, antifreeze, etc. accepted at Recycling Center)
- Broken glass
- Dining ware
- Electronics (Texas Recycles, Greener Gadgets, Recycling Star, EPA resources)
- Food soiled items (paper plates, pizza boxes, etc.)
- Garden hoses
- Laminated paper
- Light bulbs
- Medical waste (household syringes, needles – TCEQ Tips for Disposal; Sharps Compliance, Inc.)
- Nails or screws
- Paint cans (see HHW Collection)
- Paper tissue (napkins, kleenex, etc.)
- Plastic bags (accepted at local grocers)
- Shredded paper (see Shred for a Paws Cause)
- Textiles or used clothing (can be donated to thrift stores)
- Tires (Wal-Mart Automotive, Discount Tire, NTB, or any other tire dealership)
- TVs (Best Buy, 1-800-GOT-JUNK)
- Wax coated items (milk or juice cartons)
- Window glass
- Yard waste (see Brush Recycling)
Disclaimer: Sites listed are for informational purposes only. City of Round Rock does not endorse any of these entities nor their services.