Do what Denton Does - Recycle Right! Every Denton household is provided with a blue recycling cart. Recyclable items placed in your blue recycling cart should be loose, empty, clean, and dry.
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The following items are accepted in the City of Denton’s recycling program:
- Cardboard & Mixed Paper
- Aluminum and Steel cans
- Plastic #1-7
- Glass bottles
- Cartons and juice boxes (no pouches)
The following items should NOT be placed in your recycling cart:
- Food scraps or liquids
- Soiled food boxes
- Food pouches
- Plastic Bags/Film
- Used paper towels/tissues
- Chain, wire, and hoses
- Lumber/Scrap wood
- Yard waste
If you are unsure if an item is recyclable in the City of Denton’s Recycling program call Customer Service at (940) 349-8700.
How to Recycle Electronics
- Televisions, computers, and all other small household electronics and kitchen appliances are accepted for recycling at the City of Denton Landfill at 1527 S. Mayhill Rd. Televisions, computers, and other devices with a screen will have a handling fee per device. All other small household electronics and kitchen electronics will be accepted at no charge. Please erase all personal information before dropping off electronic items.
- Televisions and computer monitors can be collected curbside for recycling by calling Customer Service at (940) 349-8700. A collection and handling fee will apply per device.
Recycling Drop-Off Centers
The following items are accepted for recycling at the drop-off locations below, and must be sorted by material: cardboard and box board (flatten boxes), paper, aluminum cans and bottles, steel and tin cans, rigid plastic containers 1-7 (no plastic bags, wrap, film, or styrofoam), glass bottles and jars (remove all lids), poly-coated cartons and aseptic packaging.
Recycling Drop-Off Center Locations:
- North Lakes Park, Windsor Drive at Hinkle Drive (Open during park hours)
- Landfill 1527 S. Mayhill Rd. (Open M-Sat. 7 am – 4 pm)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Does my recycling actually get recycled?
Yes! Items from your blue cart are taken to the Pratt Recycling Facility, located at the City of Denton Landfill, where they are sorted and sold to manufacturers who make them into new products. In fact, from the moment you drop your cardboard or paper into your cart, it is made into a brand new 100-percent recycled cardboard box within two weeks.
Should I take the caps off or leave them on my water bottle to recycle them?
Both the bottle and the caps are recyclable, so leave them on. The best way to be sure they get recycled is to squeeze all of the air out and screw on the cap before tossing them into your blue recycling cart.
Why can’t I recycle Styrofoam?
Polystyrene (commonly called Styrofoam) is a plastic that is puffed full of air, which makes it light and inexpensive to make. This is also the reason that few places recycle it.