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Houston County

The Houston County website lists specific guidelines as to what materials are or are not recyclable in your area; please consult this list (as well as any materials you may have received from your county or recycling servicer) as you collect your recyclables. But remember, you can always recycle MORE than just what's collected! Reusable goods can be given to thrift stores or churches, food waste can be composted, some materials can be sent directly to remanufacturers... For tips on recycling MORE than what's normally collected, check out our mega list of what can be recycled and how.


Recycling Guidelines

Residents with curbside collection:
Prepare recyclables and put them out for pickup as directed by your city.

Residents without curbside collection:
Take recyclables to the most convenient drop-off site and place them in the appropriate bin.

The following materials are accepted:

Food and beverage glass only (soda, beer, wine and liquor bottles; food containers). Rinse clean and discard metal or plastic caps. Labels can remain. Put in paper grocery bags. DO NOT INCLUDE: broken glass; window glass; mirrors; light bulbs; glass or ceramic dishes; beer/wine caps; flower pots; crystal; heat-resistant ovenware; drinking glasses.

Rinse clean and flatten if possible. Labels can remain. NO aerosol cans.

Empty bottles and jugs with necks, marked with recycling symbol #1 or #2 (e.g. milk jugs and pop bottles). Remove and discard caps. Drain, rinse and flatten. String bottles or jugs together when possible. DO NOT INCLUDE: plastic bags or wrap; film containers; pails/buckets; dishes; bubble wrap; butter containers; storage baskets; flower pots.

-- Office paper, computer paper, envelopes (labels are OK). Bag, box, or bundle and tie with string. NO window envelopes or carbon paper.
-- Corrugated cardboard, egg cartons: Flatten and tie with string.
-- Newspapers, phone books: Remove covers from phone books. Bag, box, or bundle and tie with string. No glossy inserts.
-- Paperback books: bag or box, no need to remove covers.
-- Hardcover books: discard covers and bag or box pages.
-- Magazines and catalogs: Bag, box, or bundle and tie with string.
-- Brown paper bags: Bag, box, or bunndle and tie with string.


(Last updated April 14, 2011)

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