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Recycling 101

Do what Denton Does - Denton Recycles!

Service Update: Starting March 1, 2019, the City of Denton will tag blue recycling carts that contain items that are not recyclable and will not empty the carts until the following week, after the items that are not recyclable have been removed. The only items that should go in your blue cart are cardboard and flattened boxes; aluminum and steel cans; paper; glass bottles and jars; cartons; and plastic marked with a recycling symbol.

Please DO NOT put any plastic bags, styrofoam, food scraps, paper towels, or cardboard soiled with grease in your blue recycling cart.


Why does Denton recycle? Recycling helps reduce the need to manufacture paper, plastics, metals, and glass from virgin resources, as well as burning fossil fuels to obtain raw materials for manufacturing. Waste reduction and recycling reduces the amount of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, benefitting both people and the environment.

The following items are all recyclable in Denton:
• Flattened boxboard/cardboard
• Mixed paper
• Aluminum cans and foil
• Plastic marked with a recycling symbol and a number 1 through 7
• Steel cans
• Glass bottles and jars
• Cartons and juice boxes (no pouches)

Drop-off Site Locations
Public recycling drop-off centers are located throughout the city and are free to use. Recycling is available to you whether you have too much recycling to fit in your curbside cart, or you live in a building or work in an office that does not offer recycling.

  • Landfill at ECO-W.E.R.C.S. Resource Recovery Park
    1525 S. Mayhill Rd.
    Denton, TX 76208


    (940) 349-8700

    Recycling drop-off center, ReUse Store, large household item and electronics recycling.

    Hours: daily, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Recycling Drop-off Center #1
    North Lakes Park, Windsor Drive at Hinkle Drive

    The following items are accepted for recycling at this location and must be sorted by bin: cardboard and box board (flatten boxes), paper (office/school paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, and phone books), 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 (gable-top milk and juice cartons, and soup, wine, and juice boxes)
  • Recycling Drop-off Center #2
    Cupboard Natural Foods & Café, West Congress Street at North Elm Street

    The following items are accepted for recycling at this location and must be sorted by bin: cardboard and box board (flatten boxes), paper (office/school paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, and phone books), 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 (gable-top milk and juice cartons, and soup, wine, and juice boxes)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does my recycling actually get recycled?
    Yes! Items from your blue cart are taken to the Pratt Recycling Facility, located at ECO-W.E.R.C.S. Resource Recovery Park, 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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